What to do and see in Montpellier, France: The Best Places and Tips

October 10, 2017 Tynisha Seiler

Getting sick on vacation is a major drag, but if you have to be under the weather, Montpellier is an ideal place to do it. People have studied medicine here for centuries—the Moors established medical schools in the 9th century, and the Université Montpellier’s school of medicine was founded in 1220. Once the local docs give you a clean bill of health, explore the cathedral, mansions and opera house.
Restaurants in Montpellier

1. Instant Terroir - wine & food experience

3 rue Therese, 34090, Montpellier, France +33 6 59 61 98 34
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5 based on 130 reviews

Instant Terroir - wine & food experience

Hello, I’m Bertrand Bosc. I’m a guide in the Pic-Saint-Loup area, near Montpellier, where I take visitors around to discover my region and its culture. Together, we will explore the terroir, the wine, and the gastronomy of course, but also the less noticeable details, the little things that make this place so special to me. While we navigate between domains, garrigue, small roads and local gastronomy, I will give you an outdoor and leisurely introduction to oenology. We will talk about wine, grapes and terroir, certainly, but also about the countryside, the people and the thousand of other things that shape taste and life in their own ways around here. A relaxed discovery of a piece of France I particularly treasure.

Reviewed By Alex278 - London, United Kingdom

We had a fabulous day on this wine tour - visited 2 beautiful wineries where we tasted some fabulous wine. It was a lovely small group and Bertrand, who was amazing! The highlight of the tour was the amazing meal at his mother's BnB - delicious food in a truly gorgeous setting! I would highly recommend this tour!

2. Pic St-Loup

Route de Pompignan | Cazevieille, 34270, Montpellier, France +33 4 11 95 05 75
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4.5 based on 956 reviews

Pic St-Loup

Reviewed By Jazzbisou - Montpellier, France

Too often, visitors arrive in Montpellier without venturing outside of the cities. The Pic St Loup is filled with surprises ranging in views that will take your breath away, excellent wine, and lessons in history. Go on some of the wine tour; the region has opted to produce quality over quantity. Locate some of the specialties at the local bakeries ( there is one in Prades le Lez that comes to mind). Visit prehistoric ruins or the Domaine Restincliere. Walk in the garrigues and find sprigs of rosemary and thyme.. You won't be sorry!

3. Musee Fabre

13 rue Montpellieret, 34000, Montpellier, France +33 4 67 14 83 00
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Musee Fabre

Reviewed By HellholesLtd - North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

We had a great laugh at this place, watching the expressions of abject boredom on the faces of the endless stream of school children being marched through the place. Laughter aside it's a lovely building with a range of art - both contemporary and old.
I'm not an art buff, but some of the contemporary art was laughable. Worth a visit just for that.

4. Maison de la Nature

Chemin des Etangs, 34970 Lattes, Montpellier, France +33 4 67 22 12 44
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Maison de la Nature

Reviewed By Gareth S - Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Follow the signs from Lattes - or ask for directions at the Tourist Information (the lady on duty spoke excellent English and was very helpful). If you go late afternoon or at dusk, you will need your repellent (Jungle Formula) with you so you don't get bitten.
There is hide, an information hut (which is seasonal and limited opening hours), plenty of walks to see the wildlife on offer. Also, take some water and a decent camera. A great couple of hours.

5. Le Pavillon Populaire

Esplanade Charles de Gaulle, 34000, Montpellier, France +33 4 67 66 13 46
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4.5 based on 179 reviews

Le Pavillon Populaire

Reviewed By T0urist7 - Warsaw, Poland

Le Pavillon Populaire is of the many spots during your walk in historical part of Montpelier. Visiting Historical Montpellier might take you more than 8 hours. Take a lof pictures.

6. Cathedrale St-Pierre

6 bis rue Abbe-Marcel-Montels | Place St-Pierre, 34000, Montpellier, France +33 4 67 66 04 12
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4.5 based on 535 reviews

Cathedrale St-Pierre

Reviewed By maria pia b - Basiglio, Italy

It is just to notice that this marvelous building (the front porch is something singular) is entered in a big restoration last month with an opening next spring 2018. For the time being we can only stop to admire the outside of it.

7. Kawa Theatre

18 rue Fouques, 34000, Montpellier, France +33 4 67 58 15 45
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4.5 based on 94 reviews

Kawa Theatre

Reviewed By Marie P - Albi, France

Nous sommes allés voir Plié en quatre. On a ri sans interruption pendant 1h30! 4 acteurs excellents qui jouent 8 personnages. Un vrai moment de bonheur!

8. Place de la Comedie

Montpellier, France +33 4 67 60 60 60
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4 based on 3 reviews

Place de la Comedie

Reviewed By Diane K - Chicago, Illinois

We walked through the Plaza on a Saturday afternoon and it was extremely crowded. On Sunday it - and the rest of the town was very quiet. The Plaza is quite large just a little distance from the train station.

9. Porte du Peyrou

Rue Foch, 34000, Montpellier, France
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4 based on 676 reviews

Porte du Peyrou

Reviewed By TSinParis - Paris, France

The Porte du Peyrou is a local landmark. You can't miss it if you are strolling in the Jardin du Peyrou.

10. Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret

50 Avenue d Agropolis, 34090, Montpellier, France +33 4 99 61 45 50
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4 based on 1 reviews

Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret

Reviewed By Swalaman

What a cracking little place this was. And free. Yes, some of the paths are fairly rough and steep and not completely buggy or wheelchair friendly; Yes, there are occasionally large sections of park/woods areas without any animals; and yes if the sun is scorching there is a lack of leafy shaded areas... But... And it's a Big but... all the main routes around were negotiable with a one yr old in a buggy; enclosures that are there were impressive in size, and well laid out; there are plenty of picnic tables dotted around the very large site; and given it is FREE, there were plenty of animal species on show. From the fantastic Lemurs, to wolves, bears, lions, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, white rhino and much more besides. We spent a good few hours meandering around and still didn't see all as our little one loves lemurs and giraffe so spent a good deal of our time in these areas. Plenty of parking, and if no car, the bus stop is directly in front of the main gate. Did I mention that it is free?! Seriously... If this was in the UK you'd be charged around £10-12 entry. I would suggest a picnic as food/drinks in nearby restaurant is very expensive, and definitely be prepared for a good walk/hike. If the sun is out, hat and lotion is a must. Will defo be back on any subsequent visit to the area. It's more like a walking safari than a typical zoo. I loved it.

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