Montpellier and around

Montpellier and around – EEID 2020

Montpellier is one of France’s oldest University cities alongside Paris and Toulouse (XIII Century), and is a major hub for research on environmental, medical and development issues. The city centre is located on a hill 10 kilometres (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean Sea on the banks of the river Lez. The medieval centre, “the Ecusson”, has a unique and intimate feeling.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to enjoy the social and cultural life of the city and to visit the unique surroundings (natural and UNESCO World Heritage sites).

Click here  for loads of info in English on what to do in Montpellier and its surroundings.

We recommend:

In Montpellier: the Ecusson (the old historic neighbourhood, loads of restaurants and shops), the Medical School (oldest one in Europe still in operation, you need to book in advance!), the botanic gardens (oldest one in Europe), the Musée Fabre (if you’re into old-world paintings), La Panacée and the MOCO (if you’re into contemporary art).

Around:  Arles (old roman City featured in many of van Gogh’s paintings), Avignon (home to the Palace of the Popes), the Pont du Gard (roman aqueduct, UNESCO site), Carcassonne (fortified city, UNESCO site), the Camargue National Park (if you’re into bird watching, bulls, horses or all of the above), Aigues Mortes (fortified village in the Camargue), the Cevennes National Park (and in particular the spectacular Gorges du Tarn) the Demoiselles or the Clamouse caves (if it rains and you’re into stalactites and/or stalagmites), the Pont du Diable (for a swim in the river), the beach of the Petit Travers (for a swim in the sea).

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