|Combo meal at McDonalds||$10.85|
|Pack of cigarettes||$8.95|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$5.42|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$1 301.69|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$14.46|
|Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult||$40.67|
|1 Pair of Jeans||$121.58|
Study under the sun, have a drink away from traffic on the Place de la Comédie, daydream in the shade of old houses, all just minutes from the beaches – if you want to try all these and more, cheap flights to Montpellier are your answer.
A sense of pleasure that easily blends with ambition is what awaits you in Montpellier. Its universities are internationally renowned and they lead to a thriving economic growth. With a large student population, the city in Languedoc unashamedly displays its desire to become a regional capital.
The historic center of the city is surrounded by wide boulevards leading to the large Place de la Comédie, reserved for pedestrians. Northeast of the city, the lined Charles de Gaulle promenade adjoins the Champ-de-Mars. To the east, the new town of Antigone has a huge shopping complex. In the far west, the old Montpellier is traversed medieval alleys.
If the Mediterranean is too good for surfers, the frequency of wind promotes the practice of windsurfing. The gorges of the Hérault, about forty kilometers north-west of Montpellier, provide great opportunities for kayak canoe. Marked trails (hiking and/or biking) abound in the area. The scrubland north of the city (do not miss the Pic Saint-Loup), the magnificent sites of Saint-Guilhem Le Desert, Circus Navacelles or more to the west, Lake Salagou, all these are ideal places for hikers who can have small or long walks with unforgettable views and often architectural discoveries.
With its narrow streets and old houses, the old Montpellier is reminiscent of the air of Italy. There is nothing like an aimless stroll passing by the fountains, going from terrace to terrace. The center brings together more than 60 mansions. Among these the most notable ones are Hotel de Varennes , place Petrarch, which now houses the Museum of Old Montpellier , where you can discover hundreds of items of furniture. With a French garden, the hotel Haguenot, on rue de la Merci, was built by the architect Jean Antoine Giral Montpellier between 1751 and 1760 and it now houses the Museum of Languedoc, which brings together a fine collection of objects dating from the Middle Ages to the Classical period (Romanesque sculptures, tapestries of the seventeenth century, earthenware and porcelain of the Enlightenment).
This walk is one of the favorite places of Montpellier. Built on two levels at the end of the seventeenth century, it seems to dominate the city. It was designed to accommodate the equestrian statue of Louis XIV, built in 1692, which can still be seen on the upper terrace covered with flowers and flowerbeds. A triumphal arch in honor of the victories of Louis XIV overlooks the eastern part. Further is the water tower, an elegant building which will attract your attention with its hexagonal shape. From there, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding city. The walk is extended by the aqueduct St. Clement, which was built in the eighteenth century.
After four years of closure for renovation, the Musée Fabre reopened in 2008, displaying one of the richest collections of France. It owes its origin to Montpellier painter François-Xavier Fabre. Its collection of great diversity, with Flemish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French works of painters of the major European schools from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century is one of the reasons people book flights to Montpellier. One room is devoted entirely to Gustave Courbet. On the esplanade, the Fabre Museum pavilion is dedicated to contemporary art and also organizes temporary exhibitions.
The large student population of Montpellier sets the tone to the nightlife of the city. The relaxed atmosphere and the warm evenings make the city one of the best in France when it comes to nightlife. The most popular clubs and bars of the city can be found in the Old Town, around Place Jean Jaurés.
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Place de la Comedie
Place de la Comedie is the "heart" of Montpellier in France. Although it is not its center in terms of geographical position, it is the center of Montpellier as it is where the locals, mostly the young, stay to hang out, people-watch and chat with friends. This plaza is where the life of the city ebbs and flows. You can join the locals and sit at the many cafes in the area and watch the hustle and bustle of the people going by, even as you sip your cup of hot latte.
Jardins des Plantes
Visit the oldest garden in all of France – the Jardins des Plantes in Montpellier in the Languedoc-Rousillon region. It may come as a surprise to most tourists, but this haven is just 20 minutes' walk from the Place de la Comedie. But these lovely gardens are a welcome respite and a haven of peace and tranquility. Do come here to relax and breathe in the fresh air that only gardens seem to have.Source