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30 January 2024

Budget-friendly escape in Montpellier

Montpellier, a historic city in southern France, is home to the oldest Medical School in Europe and exceptional art museums. During the Middle Ages, it emerged as one of the largest urban centers in Europe, reflecting a unique blend of old and new life today. The city hosts remarkable places such as the Jardin des Plantes botanical garden, the oldest in France, and the picturesque Place de la Comédie square with hotels and restaurants.

Bathed in Mediterranean light, Montpellier has connected cultures and religions throughout its history. In the past, magnates, merchants, and scientists walked the narrow streets, witnessing economic growth and the evolution of science. Today, visitors can easily enjoy the city by walking or cycling, discovering the wonderful local architecture. Accommodation is affordable, with rooms available for less than 50 euros per day, offering an unforgettable experience in the heart of this beautiful city.


What to see...

Exploring the magic of traditional and contemporary art, as well as architecture on the streets of Montpellier, you discover a world of elegance and history. The historic center of the city, small and compact, offers the ideal opportunity to explore it on foot, wandering through beautiful squares and picturesque narrow streets. The Écusson neighborhood, with its long history, showcases traditional architecture and impressive medieval monuments.

On the famous rue de l’Université, you can enjoy the St-Pierre Cathedral and sculptures inspired by the history of Bel Époque. Explore a modern space with the impressive "Arbre Blanc" building and the sculpture "Orlando Furioso" by Apel·les Fenosa, depicting a man with a dead horse. End your day with a romantic evening stroll along the banks of the Lez River, where the charm of the city permeates the atmosphere and leaves an unforgettable impression on your soul.


Visit the oldest medical university in Europe during the Middle Ages in Montpellier, a significant destination for scientists and scholars. The university still operates in the historic Benedictine monastery that has been standing for over 800 years.

This location serves as a remarkable historical landmark in Europe, as some of the most discussed figures in medieval history passed through the halls of the medical school. Here, stunning architecture meets centuries of history, and the Anatomy Museum showcases over 5,000 anatomical objects from various periods of human history. Visitors can admire the evolution of medicine over the past two centuries, exploring the significant contributions of individuals such as the daring academic François Rabelais, the pioneering physician Guillaume Rondelet, and the controversial Nostradamus, who was expelled from the Montpellier Medical School due to disobedient behavior.



Enjoy a coffee at one of the many café-bistros in the center of Montpellier. In French culture, savoring a coffee or a glass of wine on one of the numerous terraces is significant. Outdoor cafes are scattered almost on every corner, where locals enjoy their time regardless of the weather.

On sunny days, taking a break at a small café in the heart of a beautiful square is a pleasure surpassing strolling through the city streets or even visiting a museum. Place de la Comédie offers an exceptional view, with bistros waiting to welcome you. Even the tranquil Place de la Canourgue, under tall trees, provides a charming atmosphere, with Les Salins standing out as one of the best cafes in the area, offering an authentic Montpellier experience.




Explore North African culture in Montpellier, a city that breathes in the influences of North African countries due to its geographical location. Since the 1960s, Moroccan and Algerian populations have created their own communities, saturating the city with the aromas, colors, and sounds of North African culture. Today, in the shops, you will find wonderful spices and restaurants serving authentic Moroccan cuisine. Especially in the Mosson neighborhood, you can explore a bustling outdoor market every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Discover the magic of this reality through colors, flavors, and aromas that make Montpellier a destination that highlights its



Visit the botanical garden Jardin des Plantes.

The Jardin des Plantes in Montpellier is the oldest botanical garden in France. It was established in 1593 with the purpose of supporting scientific research conducted at the city's Medical School. Today, it serves as a reference point for botanists, students, scientists, plant enthusiasts, and visitors who travel here to appreciate the beautiful and rare species of trees and flowers.

Here, you will truly feel immersed in the stunning natural environment, temporarily forgetting the pulse of the city, despite being just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle. It is definitely worth exploring the tree of wishes, filled with pieces of paper, for which legend has it possesses magical powers to make all human dreams come true.



Enjoy the enchanting sunset from the Place Royale du Peyrou in Montpellier. Whether you visit this beautiful spot in the city at any time of day, you'll observe locals taking leisurely walks, pausing from their work, meeting friends, and relaxing under the shade of the trees.

However, the ultimate moment to visit this place is during sunset, when the monuments glow with golden light, and the melodies of street musicians fill the atmosphere. At the edge of the square, you'll discover the Porte du Peyrou, a smaller version of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, leading to the historic core of Montpellier.



If you are fans of contemporary art, Montpellier offers unique experiences. In the Ecusson area, MO.CO. Panacée is a large contemporary art center with interesting creations from the last decades. The tranquil garden and lively café create a refined atmosphere. Near the train station, the MO.CO. museum presents periodic exhibitions of modern art from the year 2000 onwards.

For classical art enthusiasts, the Musée Fabre is a must-visit. In this museum in Montpellier, you can explore one of the largest public art collections in France. Crossing through the rooms, you can observe the evolution of European art from the Renaissance to modern days, featuring works by Gustave Courbet and significant paintings by the Impressionist Frédéric Bazille, who influenced Vincent van Gogh with his art.




Head towards the Méjean Natural Reserve to enjoy bird watching.

Just 8 kilometers away from the center of Montpellier, the Méjean Natural Reserve emerges as a stunning "kaleidoscope" of lush greenery and lagoons. You can easily reach there, either by tram or bike, and it is a true paradise for those seeking enjoyable hours observing rare bird species. Alternatively, simply stroll along the paths to admire the view of pink flamingos or the proud herons invading their nests.

Where to try delicious food: The Arceaux Market

For an authentic experience with the best products from southern France, visit the largest food market in Montpellier, a tradition for the locals.

The Marché des Arceaux operates every Tuesday and Saturday morning, just a few steps from the 18th-century St-Clément aqueduct. Look for the wandering tea vendor with his cart among the crowd, and savor the best tea you'll ever have. Try fresh fish and seafood, such as octopus pie from the neighboring ète, brandade, a blend of dried cod, olive oil, and potatoes. Enjoy oysters from the Thau lagoon and don't miss out on the Pelardon, a creamy goat cheese.

Tip: If you visit Montpellier in the summer, go as early as possible to avoid crowds. Choose the best products and enjoy a picnic on the grass of the Promenade du Peyrou. An authentic, local experience that will impress you.