One thing you will notice about Montpellier in the south of France is that it has very distinctive trams. The trams in Montpellier are designed by Christian Lacroix, the well-known French fashion designer and each tram has its own distinctive style, rather like Montpellier itself.
In typically French fashion, Montpellier is stylish and cultured. There is no real industry in Montpellier and around one third of the population are students, so the city has a young vibe. The buildings are elegant; the mansions and wide boulevards stately. Unlike many other southern French cities, the Romans did not settle in Montpellier. Instead the Counts of Toulouse constructed Montpellier in the 10th century.
Culture and Style in Montpellier
The first place to head to when you arrive in Montpellier is The Comedie, the city's elegant central square. It is a beautiful place, particularly on a warm summer's evening. The Cafe de l'Esplanade is also very attractive: take a seat at one of the pavement bars and watch the world go by.
Other attractions worth visiting include the Anatomy Museum inside Rue de l'Ecole de Medecine, the oldest medical school in Europe, St Peters Cathedral in the Old Town, and Musee Fabre, which contains an impressive collection of European art.
Walk along the Esplanade, stroll through the Place de la Comédie and the Antigone quarter, packed with neo-classical architecture, visit the Musee Fabre art gallery, call in at St Peters Cathedral or visit the zoo. Youll also find plenty of choices for eating here, with a wide range of global cuisines.
While this compact city is easily explored on foot, for discovering the wider Languedoc-Roussillon region, you really need access to a car.More About Montpellier Airport
Take Advantage of Cheap Car Hire in Montpellier
Booking car hire in Montpellier is the perfect way to explore the local area. Thrifty has an excellent reputation in the car hire industry. The company has been in operation for more than 50 years and they know how to treat their customers. You only pay for the services you use when you book Thrifty car hire in Montpellier.
Thrifty Montpellier travellers will prefer the freedom of a hire car to the trials and tribulations of public transport. It is easy to collect a Thrifty hire car. They are available for collection from all major airports and railway stations.
You can enjoy great deals with Thrifty. Check out the Hot Deals' before you make your next rental car booking and save some money.
Lunch by the Sea
Once you have exhausted the attractions of Montpellier, take a drive along the coast to see the medieval Maguelone cathedral before meandering back to the nearby town of Palavas. Here you can enjoy a delicious seafood lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants along the central canal.
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