Montpellier is the capital city of Hérault, a department in the region Occitanie. It’s the 7th largest city of France and is also the fastest growing city in France over the past 25 years.
Unlike many southern towns, Montpellier has no Roman heritage. Instead it was founded in the 10th century by the counts of Toulouse and later became a prosperous trading port as well as a scholarly centre – Europe’s first medical school was established here in the 12th century.
During the 19th century the city developed into an industrial center. In the 1960’s , its population grew dramatically after the French settlers in Algeria were resettled in the city following Algeria’s independence from France. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, the city drew attention with a number of major redevelopment projects, such as the Corum and especially the Antigone District.
Since 2001, Montpellier has been divided into seven official neighbourhoods, themselves divided into sub-neighbourhoods. Each of them possesses a neighbourhood council.
The most popular areas to foreigners in Montpellier are:
- Montpellier centre: Les arceaux, Les beaux arts, Antigone and Historical center (Ecusson)
Beautiful historical buildings, busy city life, very view properties with garden
- Port Marianne: a quite new developed area with modern design appartments, shopping areas, bars & restaurants. Tram line number 3 goes from Lattes to the north of Montpellier, passing through the city center and the Montpellier train station.
historical centre (Écusson), Comédie, Gares, Faubourg Boutonnet, Saint-Charles, Faubourg Saint-Jaume, Peyrou, Les Arceaux, Figuerolles, Faubourg du Courreau, Gambetta, Clémenceau, Méditerranée, boulevard de Strasbourg, Le Triangle, Polygone, Antigone, Nouveau-Monde, Parc à Ballons, Les Aubes, Les Beaux-Arts, Saint-Lazare.
Hôpitaux-Facultés: Malbosc, Saint-Priest, Euromédecine, Zolad, Plan des 4 Seigneurs, Hôpitaux, IUT, Père Soulas, Universités, Vert-Bois, Hauts de Boutonnet, Aiguelongue, Justice, Parc zoologique de Lunaret, Agropolis.
Mosson: La Mosson, Celleneuve, La Paillade, les Hauts-de-Massane, Le Grand-Mail, Les Tritons.
Les Cévennes: Les Cévennes, Alco, Le Petit Bard, Pergola, Saint-Clément, Clémentville, Las Rebès, La Chamberte, La Martelle, Montpellier-Village, Les Grisettes, Les Grèzes.
Croix-d’Argent: avenue de Toulouse, Croix d’Argent, Mas Drevon, Tastavin, Lemasson, Garosud, Mas de Bagnères, Mas Nouguier, les Sabines, Lepic, Pas du Loup, Estanove, Val-de-Crozes, Bagatelle.
Prés d’Arènes : Les Prés d’Arènes, Avenue de Palavas, La Rauze, Tournezy, Saint-Martin, Les Aiguerelles, Pont-Trinquat, Cité Mion.
La Pompignane, Richter, Millénaire, Jacques Cœur, Consuls de Mer, Grammont, Odysseum, Montaubérou, La Méjanelle, La Mogère.