Visitng Montpellier in France

Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc-Rousillon region which is located in the South of Francec, The city is located 10 kilometres inland from the Mediterranean coast and has much to offer those who come to this region seeking culture along with the sun. The Place de la Comedie, which is situated in the south west of the city, is the main focal point, thanks largely to the railway station there that was built in the mid 19th century.

In the city centre square you will find the ‘Three Graces’, a famous fountain that is known throughout France and said to be one of the best in the country. From the northeastern corner, the square leads into the Esplanade de Charles Gaulle, which is a small and very pretty park, and from its southeastern corner it connects to the Lycee Joffre, formerly known as the Citadel of Montpellier.

For the first time visitor to Montpellier, the Place de la Comedie is the perfect starting point, and is also one of the best places to grab a bit to eat as there are several fine restaurants and cafes here. La Promenade du Peyrou is a promontory just behind the Ecusson, and it extends down from the city centre and marks the spot where, in 1622, Louis XIII set cannons off towards the city.

There are other places within Montpellier that are well worth a visit and these include one of the designated French national monuments; the Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier, a Roman catholic cathedral. Another must see is the Musee Fabre, an art gallery that recently underwent a complete renovation and has the distinction of being recognised by the French Ministry of Culture as a Musee de France.

For those who enjoy a spot of greenery, the Le Jardin de Plantes is a garden that dates back to 1593 and boasts, among others, trees that date back to when the garden was first created, indigenous and exotic plants, bamboo and rock gardens, greenhouses, a duck pond and an Orangery.