Montpellier : The ten must see places

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Montpellier, located between the sea, vineyards and mountains, has many tourist assets, not to mention its historical heritage….

Rich in history and modernity

Montpellier is a city rich in history and modernity. Ideally located between the sea, the vineyards and the mountains, it is one of the favorite destinations in the south of France. For a weekend, why not put your luggage in Montpellier and enjoy its many tourist activities ? And to help you, here are some outing ideas :

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Place de la Comedie

The Place de la Comédie with its Fountain of the Three Graces, a fountain dating from 1776, is the heart of the city within the walls. On the southwest side of the square stands the theater (Opéra Comédie). From here, the grand boulevards radiate out to the old town (most of the pedestrian area), which is called the Écusson . In the district, nestle, hidden behind innocuous facades, superb mansions. Usually closed to the public, some courtyards of these 17th and 18th century residences can be discovered through guided tours.

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Cathedrale Saint-Pierre

In the heart of the historic center, Saint-Pierre Cathedral is a monument that you absolutely must see in Montpellier. Built in the 14th century by Pope Urban V, it only became a cathedral in 1536. It is unmistakable and recognizable thanks to its three towers and its imposing canopy porch. It is the largest monument in the region in the Gothic style.

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L’Écusson (Historic center of Montpellier)

The best way to explore the medieval streets of Montpellier, in the Ecusson, is to leave your map in your pocket and simply wander around. Among the most notable streets are Rue de l’Ancien Courrier, a narrow vaulted street paved with polished white marble and lined with chic boutiques, and the beautiful Rue des Trésoriers de la Bourse. To see beyond the beautiful facades, where architectural gems are hidden, it’s worth booking a guided tour with the tourist office, which has the key to most hotel courtyards and carved stone stairways.

Anatomy Museum

At the heart of the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier, we find the anatomical conservatory which has nearly 5600 anatomical parts and waxes intended for teaching. This museum was created at the end of the 18th century and has a very astonishing collection with anatomical pieces (dissection, etc.), casts, waxes and many pieces of embryology, malformations and even skeletons.

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Arc de Triomphe

Forming the gateway to the old town of Montpellier, the Arc de Triomphe, 15 meters high, built in 1691 in honor of Louis XIV, is located at the end of Rue Foch and faces the Peyrou promenade. Right next to it is the imposing Palais de Justice. Rue Foch is impressive for its beautiful 19th century buildings.

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Le Jardin des Plantes

It was in the 16th century that the city of Montpellier became the capital of botany. This garden is the oldest in France, created in 1593 by Pierre Richer de Belleval. Over the years, the greatest botanists have taken over the management of the garden. It opens its doors to promenades at the end of the century. It is now managed by the University of Montpellier.

Les Halles Castellane

Les Halles Castellane is the largest covered market in Montpellier. Located in the historic center of the city, 250 meters north of Place de la Comédie, this renovated 1,500 m² building houses a myriad of stalls and shops selling all kinds of fresh regional produce. There are, for example, meat, cheese, wine, as well as fruits and vegetables. To whet your appetite, just walk through the Halles Castellane and breathe in the delicious smells floating in the air.

Location: Rue de la Loge, 250 meters north of Place de la Comédie, in the historic center of Montpellier .

The Peyrou Promenade

Pass under the Arc de Triomphe and you arrive on the Promenade du Peyrou, a park raised on two levels, dating from between the 17th and 18th centuries, which offers a beautiful view of both the Cévennes and the sea. indeed, the highest point in Montpellier. In the center stands an equestrian statue of the Sun King, dating from 1828, while at the western end of the terrace is a monumental water tower listed as a historical monument. It is fed by the Saint-Clément aqueduct, built between 1753 and 1766, and 14 kilometers long which ends with the « Arceaux » 21.5 m high. On both sides of the water towers, stairs lead to the Boulevard des Arceaux where the market is held.

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Peyrou flea market

How does « there is nothing to do on Sunday »? You don’t know the Peyrou… A royal square, a promenade, a belvedere and a water tower, the Peyrou is all that at the same time. Just because it’s beautiful, it makes you want to get up on Sunday morning. And more than a glance, the Peyrou is also worth the candle, the lamp or the coffee service, which you will unearth during the famous Sunday flea market. Every Sunday, merchants are there, bargain hunters compare their bargains and those who haven’t found anything meet at the bar. You never really leave Sundays at Le Peyrou empty-handed.

Lunaret Zoo

If you are going to Montpellier with your family, the Lunaret Zoological Park is a must during your stay. This place is the largest green space in the city and its entrance is free. The zoo covers 80 hectares where you will discover more than 1300 animals from 5 continents. An Amazonian greenhouse is also inside the zoo and houses 3,500 plants, making it the largest in France.

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