//Sightseeing in Montpellier & Surrounding Areas

Sightseeing in Montpellier & Surrounding Areas

The most interesting spots in Montpellier:

  • The main focus point of the city is the Place de la Comédie, with the Opera Comédie built in 1888.
  • The Musée Fabre.
  • In the historic centre, a significant number of Hôtels can be found. The majority of the buildings of the historic centre of Montpellier (the Ecusson) have medieval roots, and have been modified between the 16th and the 18th century. Some buildings, along Rue Foch and the Place de la Comédie, have been built in the 19th century.
  • The Rue du Bras de Fer (Iron Arm Street) is very typical of the medieval Montpellier.
  • The Jardin des plantes de Montpellier – oldest botanical garden in France, founded in 1593
  • The fourteenth century Saint Pierre Cathedral
  • The Porte du Peyrou, a triumphal arch built at the end of the 17th century, and the Place Royal du Peyrou built on the 17th century, are the highest point of the Ecusson.
  • The Tour des Pins, the only remaining of 25 towers of the city medieval walls, built around 1200.
  • The Tour de la Babotte, a medieval tower which was modified in the 18th century to welcome an observatory.
  • The Saint Clément Aqueduct, built in the 18th century.
  • The Antigone District and other housing projects have been designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill from Catalonia, Spain


A little white train runs every 20 min that guides you through the historic centre of Montpellier. The depart is at the Place de Comédie.

The innovative development of Odysseum is dedicated to the world of shopping and leisure. Located just 15 minutes, via the tramway line 1, from the Place de Comédie. The shopping centre is well serviced with many parking areas around the centre.

Montpellier was the finish of Stage 11 and the departure of Stage 12 in the 2007 Tour de France. The city is home to a variety of professional sports teams:

  • Montpellier Hérault Rugby, of the Top 14 who play rugby union formerly at the Altrad Stade, previously known as Stade Yves du Manoir. In the 2010/2011 season, the team made it to the Top 14 Final against the Toulousain.
  • Montpellier HSC of Ligue 1 who play association football at the Stade de la Mosson. MHSC became French Champions on May 20, 2012.
  • Montpellier Red Devils who play rugby league in Elite 1 division at the Altrad Stade.
  • Montpellier Agglomération Handball are a team handball club playing in the French National League.
  • Montpellier Vipers of France’s Division 1 ice hockey Federation, play at the Patinoire de l’Agglomération de Montpellier at Odysseum
  • Montpellier Water Polo play in the National League and European Cup competitions.
  • Barracudas de Montpellier is a baseball club, and competes in Division Élite, a French top level baseball league.

The city is home to the Open Sud de France tennis tournament since 2010 which always takes place at the end of the month January or early February.

Family outings in the surrounding areas of Montpellier: