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discovery 2009/2010 guide

Montpellier offers a mild southern climate, where the quality of life is lifted to new heights. Montpellier combines efficiency with carefully planned and harmonious development.

Hélène Mandroux, Maire de la Ville de Montpellier, Présidente d’honneur de l’Office de Tourisme

Montpellier is a place for sun, leisure, and entertainment, enhanced by extraordinary architecture, cultural heritage and natural environment. I am confident that this Montpellier Tourist Office Discovery Guide will serve as an excellent tour guide, like a local friend, to escort and advise you. You can also get help with your stays from advisors at the Montpellier Tourist Office, which has been dedicated to showing off this special destination, and smiling at you, for 100 years. We invite you to follow the guide and come share a thousand and one pleasures with us in a city with a thousand and one lives…


Montpellier is a fascinating and captivating city. Montpellier is a city that has grown and prospered without ever abandoning its Mediterranean roots.

pages 04-09 Montpellier, the essentials

City Card - Guided tours - Vélomagg’

pages 10-23 Montpellier, a city of events L’an 200NEUF - Key events 2009 Fabre Museum Amazonian greenhouse Aquarium Mare Nostrum

pages 24-37 Montpellier, step by step

Visiting Montpellier - Sites and places to discover - The art of a city

pages 38-43 Montpellier, going out

Cultural outings - Trendy Montpellier Destination: Odysseum

pages 44-51 Montpellier, naturally

Parks and Gardens - Montpellier Agglomeration’s golf courses and charming seaside

pages 52-59 Montpellier, Mediterranean pleasure

Art of living, markets - Gastronomy, wine Souvenirs, shopping - Region: sites to visit Traditions

pages 60-63 Practical Montpellier Transport - Useful addresses

The Montpellier Tourist Office is certified with: - AFNOR (Tourist Office and visitor center information and reception services) This standard demonstrates compliance with standard NF X 50-730 and the NF 237 certification regulations. It guarantees that access, client reception (on-site, by telephone, by mail), the layout of the premises, the information made available, the availability, skills and training of the personnel and follow up on client satisfaction are all regularly controlled by AFNOR Certification 11, av Francis de Préssensé- 93571 SAINT DENIS LA PLAINE Cedex France - - The “Tourisme & Handicap” label The Montpellier Tourist Office is certified to conduct travel and tourrelated activities. Authorisation No. AU 034 09 0001


the essentials

City Card pages 6-7 Guided tours page 8 Vélomagg’ page 9

Get free entry and discounts on a wide range of cultural attractions and public transportation with the Montpellier City Card. Treat yourself to a guided tour of the historical downtown, then discover the city in complete freedom by bike with a Vélomagg’ rental.

City Card Montpellier, discover Montpellier your way

Here is a suggestion for a day discovering Montpellier with your City Card. On the agenda: guided tour of Montpellier, Fabre Museum and the Amazonian greenhouse, including transportation and a game of bowling that night: 15 € € … instead of 28.20 € without a City Card! Don’t hesitate!

City Card Montpellier gives you free entry or discounts for a wide range of local activities, from museums and leisure sites to shows and public transportation. City Card Montpellier is available for 24, 48, or 72 hours.

City Card 2009 is so many things…

And for those special nights out,

check out the programmes and make your choices! You’ll get a discount of 20% (*) off on your ticket to the show. Valid for Théâtre Jean Vilar, and Café Théâtre Cicrane (p.41). (*) Depending on availability.

Enjoy all this free of charge! Montpellier Agglomeration tramway and bus (p.28) Guided tour of Montpellier’s historical centre - note: reservation at Tourist Office required (p.8) Fabre Museum, one of the leading fine arts museums in Europe (p.20) Languedocien Museum (p.32) Infantry Museum and Agropolis Museum, two fascinating theme museums for a different perspective of the area (p.34) Quality time with Mother Nature at the all-new Amazonian greenhouse at the Montpellier Zoo (p.22), and the gardens of the Château de Flaugergues (p.31) A fun time out at the Montpellier bowling alley (1 free game) and the wine museum at the Château de l’Engarran in nearby Lavérune (p.56).

Get exclusive reductions Mare Nostrum Aquarium at the Odysseum: receive 20% off the regular entrance price at this brand new attraction (p.23). Tree climbing adventure in Villeneuve les Maguelone: up to 25% off on the “trails” at Rochers de Maguelone (p.51).

24 h

Adultes / Adults: 15 € Children (3 – 12 yrs) : 7.50 €

48 h

Adultes / Adults: 22 € Children (3 – 12 yrs) : 11 €

72 h

Adultes / Adults: 28 € Children (3 – 12 yrs) : 14 €

On sale all year round at the Montpellier Tourist Office +33 (0)4 67 60 60 60

To find out more about etablishment participating in this offer and theirs activities, please see the detailed descriptions provided elsewhere in this guide.

Guided tours



City Card


the essentials Montpellier

free entry reduced rate

City Card

Guided tours


Guided tours

Vélomagg’ Bicycle rental

Dive into Montpellier’s secrets and unlock doors usually closed to the public! A unique tour for sure!

A great way to discover the city and the Montpellier Agglomeration area!

Tour of Montpellier’s historical centre 09

See the main parts of Montpellier in two hours. Relive its prodigious development and exceptional destiny that has unfolded over the centuries. Take a trip through 1,000 years of history along twining Medieval streets, illustrated by a 12th century Mikvé (Jewish ritual bath), Arc of Triumph, courtyards of private mansions, and more. Get a taste of the centre’s special feel and benefit from our many years of experience giving tours.

Montpellier History Museum

the guided tour of Montpellier’s historical centre entitles you to free entry at the Montpellier History Museum on place Jean Jaurès (subject to availability). Audio-guide in 6 languages.

Theme visits

The Montpellier Tourist Office offers a wide range of guided theme-oriented visits, updated regularly, so you can choose what interests you most. These unique visits give you an indepth perspective for discovering YOUR own Montpellier.Theme visits currently include the school of medicine, private mansion courtyards, luthier workshops and private concerts, and more. Get the quarterly programme  at the Tourist Office or download it from

New in 2009

Since January 31, 2009, audio-guides are available upon request so you can take our French guided tour with commentary in German, English, Spanish and Italian.

Rates: The Montpellier Tourist Office is now 100 years old

From January 1 to December 31, 2009, get your loyalty card when you make your reservation. For every 8 paid tours, the 9th is free!

the essentials Montpellier

Historical centre tours: 7 € - 6 € (reduced rate) Theme tours: starting at 9 € (8 € reduced rate) Reservation required: +33 (0)4 67 60 19 27 - Secure payment Group guided tours can be organised upon request Contact group services: +33 (0)4 67 60 19 19/30 Find out about places you can discover exclusively with the Tourist Office (p. 26-30).

City Card

Guided tours


at a gentle price

Bike lovers, get ready to feel the wind on your face! Head to any one of the numerous bike stations around the city and take off on Montpellier’s 150 km of bike paths, free of pollution and parking problems. Enjoy a bike as a convenient complement to the tramway. Vélomagg is a new service opened by Montpellier Agglomeration in June 2007. Every day more people jump on… and when you see the low rental fee, you’ll have 2 reasons to want to join them! This is also a great way to discover neighbouring villages, and with just a little more pedalling, why not enjoy rare pleasure and head all the way to the beach?

Light and practical bikes With their aluminium mono-frame design, Vélomagg’ bikes weigh only 17 kg, which is 5 kg under the average weight of other selfservice bikes.The use of an “acatane” driveshaft keeps you from getting dirty from chain grease, and derailing is a thing of the past! With an integrated generator light in front, and drum brakes in the rear, Vélomagg’ bikes help you ride in complete security, day and night. The bikes even have a bike-rack and basket to make it easier for you to carry your things around.

Rates & conditions

Just go to one of the 50 bike stations located around the Montpellier Agglomeration area to pick up your bike. 4 hour rental: 1 € Full-day rental: 2 € All you have to do is leave a piece of ID as a deposit.

Information at:

Centrale TAM - 27 rue Maguelone +33 (0)4 67 22 87 87/82 Open every day, 7 am to 8 pm More information:

City Card

Guided tours


Where are the bike stations?

Main downtown bike stations: Vélostation Esplanade (Tourist Office, July, August, September) Open Monday through Friday 9 am - 7:30 pm, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm Sunday 10 am - 1 pm, 2:30 pm - 5 pm Centrale TaM, 27 rue Maguelone Open every day 7 am - 8 pm. Vélostation Comédie (Opéra Comédie) avenue Victor Hugo. Open every day 10 am - 7 pm Vélostation Halles Castellane (Virgin Megastore) rue de la Loge. Open Monday - Thursday 9:30 am - 8:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:30 am - 10 pm. In downtown parking lots : • TaM Comédie, • Arc de Triomphe, • TAM Corum, • TAM Arceaux, • TAM Gambetta, • TAM Europa Open Monday - Saturday, 8 am – 8 pm Also at Agglomeration community centres, Agglomeration offices, tramway parking lots and nearby cities… Complete list available at the Montpellier Tourist Office and the central TaM bike station.


a city of events Montpellier is setting the stage for tomorrow’s cultural scene through creations, get-togethers, and innovation. Join a whirlwind of shows and events where creativity and emotion hold the power, 365 days a year. L’an 200NEUF pages 12-13

Enjoy major events for all, such as Festivals, Tour de France

Key events 2009 pages 14-19

Explore new and exceptional leisure activities, such as the

Fabre Museum pages 20-21 Montpellier Zoo Amazonian greenhouse page 22 Mare Nostrum Aquarium page 23

2009 and the 100 years of the Montpellier Tourist Office. Amazonian Greenhouse and Mare Nostrum Aquarium. Don’t miss out!

L’An Fresh for 2009

Know where you’re from to know where you’re going! That’s exactly how we feel about Montpellier this year. By taking advantage of its past in order to live today and build the future, the thousand-year old city treats you to a year full of new and spirited adventures! For you to discover!

NEW Arts and Crafts Workshops open in the city centre (June 2009) Come discover the traditional ways of making ceramics, jewellery, cutlery and more right in the heart of a special new space dedicated to craft artists. Enjoy an area where the public is welcome to watch artists at work, to take classes and to visit temporary exhibitions. 5 workshop boutiques are opening in June 2009, all with authentic products to carry home in your suitcase! Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle 34000 Montpellier


2009: 100 years with Montpellier smiling at you In 2009, theTourist Office is celebrating its centennial. To share this birthday party with everyone, we have come up with a festive sampling of activities to enjoy throughout the year. As icing on the cake, June 27 is going to be a day unlike any other…

Highlights of the birthday party 1. Edu-trails (downloadable from of itineraries through the historical centre,with around 10 stops and a riddle to solve at each one. 2. Virtual treasure hunt An on-line Game of the Goose with Montpellier’s historical downtown as the board. Win prizes at each of the three levels! 3. The Great Treasure Hunt, on June 27, 2009 Public areas in Montpellier are the playing field!

DARING © Champ Libre

Festival of Living Architecture

Qui est « in », qui est « out » Frédéric André, David Cardinal

2009 theme: Fleeting curiosities For its 4th edition, the Montpellier’s Festival of Living Architecture takes you out to rediscover the interior courtyards of magnificent private mansions through 10 works of living architecture. Here’s an invitation to the heart of written and unwritten architecture. It’s a way for Montpellier to open up these emblematic sites to everyone, at least for the time of the festival. Creative teams present a specific work at each location, revealing an intimate relationship between contemporary architecture, projects and historical sites. June 18 – 21, 2009 Information: +33 (0)4 67 92 51 17

a city of events Montpellier

• L’an 200NEUF • Key events 2009 • Fabre Museum

Great Treasure Hunt

Meet us in Montpellier on June 27, 2009 for a lifesized treasure hunt! There is no pre-determined path, but some thirty Montpellieran, departmental and regional booths will be set-up on all the plazas in the city’s historical centre. Enjoy various activities (sporting, cultural, culinary, oenological adventures and more), have with your family and friends, and at the same time collect precious clues that will lead you straight to the celebrated treasure! This treasure hunt is open to everyone and there are lots of prizes to win! Come one, come all!

• Amazonian greenhouse • Mare Nostrum Aquarium • L’an 200NEUF


Key events

2009 Tour de France stop-over in Montpellier July 6 – 7, 2009 If you love cycling, now’s the time to come get an inside look! From Saturday July 4th to Sunday the 26th, 2009, the 96th Tour de France covers a total distance of around 3,500 km all around the country. Monday July 6: arrival in the Grande Motte Starting in Marseille, the Tour de France’s 3rd stage ends here in the seaside community of the Grande Motte.

Montpellier, a city for sports With hundreds of sports associations, ranging from handball and football to basketball and more, including teams that participate at the highest levels of French and International competition, Montpellier is truly a sports city. It is also a city that consistently attracts leading athletes and cutting-edge sporting events such as the Attitude break-dance festival and the International Festival of Extreme Sports, the largest gathering of its kind in Europe!

a city of events Montpellier

Tuesday July 7: time trials over 38 km in and around the city. This 4th stage marks the great comeback of team time-trials, which have not been part of the past 4 editions of the Tour de France. Itinerary in Montpellier and surrounding area: Start: Place de la Comédie Rue de la Loge Passage under the Arc de Triomphe Boulevard des Arceaux Avenue de l’Agriculture Through Grabels Through Bel-Air Through Murviel-les-Montpellier Through Pignan Through Lavérune Finish in front of the Yves du Manoir stadium in Montpellier Special events are being organised to create a festive and sporty atmosphere all over town. A major event to see and experience in 2009!

• L’an 200NEUF • Key events 2009 • Fabre Museum

Don’t miss these International inter-religious festival (Jewish, Muslim, Christian) of sacred music April 18, 25 and 26, 2009 Information: +33 (0)4 67 64 14 10

The 10th edition of the inter-religious festival of sacred music will present numerous concerts organised at various locations in the Montpellier area.

Battle of the year A change of Direction

May 1 - 9, 2009 Information - Reservations: +33 (0)4 67 60 35 65 -

By offering free events focused on street art, dance shows, and music (with DJs and beat boxers), this festival’s goal is to help people discover the richness and energy of the hip-hop movement. International Festival of Extreme Sports - FISE

May 20 – 24, 2009 - Rives du Lez Information: +33 (0)4 67 40 15 35 -

The 13th edition of the Fise Montpellier festival (the biggest extreme sports gathering in Europe) will host the best riders in the world today, challenging the laws of physics on rollerblades, skateboards, BMX, wakeboards, freestyle motocross, and this year, all structures are going to be over the water! After the competition, slide into evening concerts with top DJs…

Saperlipopette, voilà enfantillages!

May, 2009 in Montpellier and on tour throughout the area - Information: +33 (0)4 67 99 25 00

Set in the delightful atmosphere of the Château d’Ô, a combination of theatre, music, dance, circus, street theatre, arts and crafts, and all disciplines of live entertainment for the enjoyment of children and parents alike. Programme available in April.

Beach Masters May 8 – 17, 2009

9–10: International women’s tournament: France/ Brazil. 16–17: International men’s tournament: France/ Brazil.

• Amazonian greenhouse • Mare Nostrum Aquarium • L’an 200NEUF


Comédie du Livre (Book Fair)

Montpellier Dance Festival 2009

A major annual event, the Comédie du Livre is a free gathering where books bring people and writers together. Over 300 writers present their work in booths in the city’s bookstores, in conferences and debates, and literary cafés. This year, the Comédie du Livre shines the spotlight on Spain literature.

Now in its 29th festival season, Montpellier Dance is once again the ultimate gathering spot for all dance styles from all cultures. Some of the world’s greatest choreographers will be present, as well as companies from the far north to the far south of the choreographic globe, to stage innovative performances for dance aficionados as well as the general public.

May 22, 23, 24, 2009 Information: +33 (0)4 67 29 74 99 or +33 (0)4 67 34 70 89

Only in Montpellier!

Apimondia 2009

September 15-20, 2009

This 41st world congress attracts more than 10,000 attendees from 100 countries. At Apimondia, people can come and discover the apiculture world and the importance of protecting bees. The programme for the general public is based on 4 main points: • A private hall near the Corum to host themeoriented evenings • A tasting counter where you can discover local flavours • An open market with some 50 booths featuring a wide variety of honey and related products • A discovery tour through a landscaped space to learn about the world of bees One of the largest autumn events, Apimondia will feature activities and fun for all on the Esplanade in Montpellier, between the Corum and the Place de la Comédie.

Les Boutographies

Montpellier photography exhibition June 6 – 21, 2009

June 27, 2009 Montpellier Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 67 60 60 60

Les Estivales

Printemps des Comédiens Theatre festival

July 9 – 12, 2009

June 4 – July 1st, 2009 Information: +33 (0)4 67 63 66 67 Reservations: +33 (0)4 67 63 66 66

This extremely popular and varied festival stages series of outstanding theatre events, circus entertainment, and world culture. Every year, thousands of spectators are moved and inspired by the festive atmosphere, extraordinary performances, and boundless imagination.

Festival of Live Architecture

June 18 – 21, 2009 - Information: +33 (0)4 67 92 51 17

This festival offers an architectural discovery trip through the heart of the city, inside the historical centre, particularly within the walls of private mansions. Creators present specific works at each location.The theme for the 2009 festival: Fleeting curiosities. June 6 – 24, 2009 - Information: +33 (0)4 67 22 86 86

This 4th edition brings Catalan and Occitan cultures to you via concerts,“balètis”,“focs de la Sant Joan” (Fires of Saint Jean), street art and banquets signed «CONVIVÉNCIA» (co-existence) and popular festivities (free events). On the Place de la Comédie in Montpellier on June 13, then in 70 other cities in the region from June 6-24.


Treasure hunt

9th edition. Every year, talented young photographers are selected for their creative-author approach.Works will be shown in the Boutonnet neighbourhood as well as in downtown Montpellier. Boutographies also includes numerous projections, outdoor exhibitions, workshops and more.

Total Festum

a city of events

June 19 – July 4, 2009 Reservations: +33 (0)800 600 740 (toll-free)

• L’an 200NEUF • Key events 2009 • Fabre Museum

July-August 2009 Every Friday from 6 pm to midnight on the Esplanade

Local wines, tasting, books, meetings… Friday evenings are a time of conviviality.

French Championship of Beach Volley

Montpellier International Academy of Music (AIMM) July 12 – 31, 2009 Information: +33 (0)4 67 60 87 11 -

For the 8th year in a row, AIMM is organising a series of master-classes and free concerts for young violin, viola and cello virtuosos from around the world. Bring your friends!

Radio France and Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon Festival

July 13 – 31, 2009 Information – Reservations: + 33 (0)4 67 61 66 81

The Radio France Montpellier LanguedocRoussillon Festival is unique in its eclectic and daring musical programming. Originally presented as a classical music festival, it has truly distinguished itself from other festivals by expanding its offer to cover all kinds of music: opera, symphony, jazz, electronic music, reggae, world music, film projections, conferences, lectures and master-classes. Ticket fee for 19 concerts; all the others are free.

Saint Roch Fair

August 16, 2009 - Information: +33 (0)4 67 60 60 60

Guides from the Tourist Office share their knowledge about Saint Roch - processions, exhibitions of relics and St. Roch’s staff, liturgical and street events, a visit to St-Roch’s well (the house where he was born), and distribution of water to pilgrims. • Amazonian greenhouse • Mare Nostrum Aquarium • L’an 200NEUF


Exhibitions Video Street Challenge

September 6 – 12, 2009 Information – Reservations: +33(0)4 67 60 43 89 + 33 (0)4 67 60 35 65 -

5 European teams of 3 skateboarders, 1 cameraman and 1 photographer challenge each other all week long in Montpellier and throughout the Languedoc Roussillon region. All the teams have to do is film themselves and put together a video. All the videos will then be shown at the Diagonal Cinéma on Saturday September 12 at 8:30 pm. Awards will be designated for the best video and best skateboarder. The videos will also be transmitted live on the Internet, and a “people’s choice” prize will also be awarded.

French Cup of Skateboarding 2009 September 12, 13, 2009 at the Montpellier Zenith Information - reservations: + 33 (0)4 67 60 43 89 +33 (0)4 67 60 35 65

As part of National Skateboard Circuit 2009, organised by the National Skateboard Commission, Montpellier welcomes the French Skateboarding Cup 2009 at the Grammont skate park.The 80 best French skateboarders will compete to win the French Cup for Street and for Bowl performance.

International Guitar Festival 2009 (Les Internationales de la Guitare) September 30 – October 17, 2009 Information: +33 (0)4 67 66 36 55

A unique event in Europe that unlocks the infinite possibilities of this instrument. The guitar in all its forms: the stories it tells, the landscapes it paints, and the cultures it represents.

Montpellier International Fair October 9 – 19, 2009 - Parc des Expositions Information: +33 (0)4 67 17 67 17

A major economic event in the region, the Montpellier International Fair plays host every year to more than 230,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors at the renovated Parc des Expositions. Theme for this 61st fair: India.

Montpellier International Mediterranean Film Festival

October 23 - Novembre 1st, 2009 Information - Reservations: +33 (0)4 99 13 73 73 -

For the past 31 years Montpellier has hosted this main event on the Mediterranean film scene, with an agenda that includes 250 films, competitions, tributes, retrospectives, encounters-debates, and a viewing audience of over 90,000 people!

a city of events Montpellier

• L’an 200NEUF • Key events 2009 • Fabre Museum

100% Montpellier Festival

November 3 – 14, 2009 - Information: + 33 (0)4 34 26 80 32

Concerts featuring all kinds of today’s music, including “cine-concert”, a musical show for children and exhibition that combines visual and audio creations.

Montpellier Horse Show - EQUISUD November 7 – 12, 2009 - Parc des Expositions Information: +33 (0)4 67 17 67 17

For riders, breeders, and horse lovers. Covering 50,000 sq.m, including 13,000 sq.m of arena space, the show offers a full range of competitions and championships, along with very impressive free shows. A rich programme of shows and events.

Montpellier Agglomeration WineFestival

November, December 2009 - Place de la Comédie Information: +33 (0)4 67 13 60 00

Fabre Museum Highlights (see page 21)


January 16 - March 7, 2009 FRAC LanguedocRoussillon

Eve GRAMATZKI March 3 - April 26, 2009 Fabre Museum

Hubert DUPRAT March 27 - May 9, 2009 FRAC LanguedocRoussillon

Retrospective Daniel DEZEUZE May 9 - June 28, 2009 Fabre Museum

FRAC Art Collection More than 40 producers gather on the Place de la May 20 - 30, 2009 Comédie for a host of events and tasting focusing on FRAC LanguedocRoussillon the wines of the Montpellier Agglomeration area.

Montpellier Christmas Market December 2009 Place de la Comédie Information: +33 (0)4 67 60 60 60

Montpellier Agglomeration Maguelone Music Festival

Maguelone Cathedral (Villeneuve lès Maguelone) June 2 – 11, 2009 - Car access via Palavas les Flots Information - Reservations: +33 (0)4 67 60 69 92

Belkacem BOUDJELLOULI June 6 - July 4, 2009 FRAC LanguedocRoussillon

Retrospective Pierette BLOCH July 11 - Sept. 27, 2009 Fabre Museum

Retrospective Pierre BURAGLIO

October 10 - Nov. 29, 2009

Concerts of ancient and Baroque music at Fabre Museum Maguelone Cathedral. Stéfane BORDARIER Languedoc Choral Festival Jacques Cœur Theatre in Lattes October 9 – 11, 2009 Information - Reservations: +33 (0)4 67 12 21 08

Dec. 12, 2009 - Jan. 31, 2010 Fabre Museum

Concerts of men and women choirs.

Baillargues Animation Festival

November 13 – 29, 2009 - Baillargues Information - Reservations: +33 (0)4 67 87 33 05

For nearly two weeks, the festival takes you through the techniques of animated film production by showing long and short films, and presenting producers and directors to audiences. • Amazonian greenhouse • Mare Nostrum Aquarium • L’an 200NEUF


Montpellier Agglomeration’s

Fabre Museum With its divine mix of old and new, Montpellier Agglomeration’s Fabre Museum takes you on a tour of the art world that covers many centuries. Now reopened after 4 years of complete renovation by Montpellier Agglomeration, the Fabre Museum now offers visitors natural circulation between the 17th century Collège de Jésuites, the 1828 Fabre Museum established in the Massillian private mansion and the modern 19th century additions, notably the Gallery of Columns built in 1875-1878.

2009/2010 highlights

Fabre Museum

39, boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle - 34000 Montpellier Fax: +33 (0)4 67 66 09 20 Tramway line 1: Comédie or Corum Tramway line 2: Corum

A new wing has enabled the museum to open its exhibits to contemporary art as well, which is highlighted by the exceptional donation by Pierre Soulages of 20 paintings (with another 12 on loan). A truly one-of-a-kind exhibit. See an exceptional collection by 17th century Dutch and Flemish painters, along with French and Italian masters such as Allori, Veronese, Ribera, Dominicain, Zurbaran, Poussin, Bourdon, Ranc, Coypel and more. Not to mention modern and contemporary collections from Delacroix to Bazille and Courbet. Altogether nearly 800 major works are on display to the delight of all. The quality of the Montpellier Agglomeration museum places it among the leading fine arts collections in France and in all of Europe!


Permanent collection Regular price 6 € Pass’Agglo 5 € Reduced rate 4 € Family 12 € Temporary exhibit + permanent collection: Regular price 8 € Pass’Agglo 7 € Reduced rate 6 € Family 15 €

February 7 - May 24, 2009 Emil NOLDE June 20 - Sept. 13, 2009 Alfons MUCHA Nov. 28, 2009 - March 14, 2010 Jean RAOUX January 2010 Reopening of the Hôtel Sabatier d’Espeyran The Fabre museum’s decorative arts department. Following a major renovation effort, the Fabre museum’s decorative arts department will offer a realistic representation of the aristocratic and bourgeois lifestyle of the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries.

Opening hours

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm Wednesday 1 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 11 am to 6 pm. Closed Monday and Jan. 1st, May 1st, Nov. 1st, Dec. 25th. (For July 14th, and August 15th, called the Museum) Museum is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility. 09


Amazonian greenhouse Montpellier Zoo


Montpellier Agglomeration’s

Mare Nostrum New

Montpellier Zooligical Park

50, av. Agropolis +33 (0)4 67 54 45 23

Open to the public from Monday afternoon to Sunday. The zoo is closed on Monday mornings, except on holidays and from mid-May to mid-September. Opening hours depend on the season: 9 am to 5 pm in winter, to 7 pm in summer. Guided tours of the zoo and reserve are available during the week (educational team: +33 (0)4 99 61 45 43). Free entry. No pets allowed. You’ll find more practical and educational information on

Admission to the zoo is free.

Just imagine! A hot and humid atmosphere, dense vegetation, the cries of birds and the sound of flowing water.You are in the Amazon, and you are heading up the river on foot from the estuary to the source, across mangrove and dense forest.This is the place to go for a change of scenery and thrills of pleasure. Open since July 2007, Montpellier’s Amazonian greenhouse is not just the only one of its kind, but it is also the largest tropical greenhouse in France. You’ll find caiman, anaconda, tamarin, giant tarantulas, howling monkeys, toucans, piranhas, and more. Over 500 animals from 61 different species are waiting for you in a vegetation-rich environment with nearly 3,500 plants from 300 species. Here’s an invitation to explore an entire world! Rates: regular price for adults: 6 € - free for children under 6 – children 6 – 12, large families, job-seekers: 2.50 € - Students and school children 12–18: 3 € Open every day 9 am to 7 pm (6 pm in winter). Tickets for sale until 6 pm (5 pm in winter)

For practical information about the zoo, and to find out more about the plants and animals in the Amazonian greenhouse, go to 09

Located just north of Montpellier, the zoological park sits in the shade of large pine trees among the dry and dense Mediterranean brush. The park is divided into three parts: an animal zoo, with nearly 400 animals, a nature reserve and animal refuge, classified as a “Game Reserve of the Lez” and a children’s farm.


Discover the brand new Mare Nostrum aquarium and set out on a voyage across the seas and oceans of the world. This special Montpellier Agglomeration attraction will take you on a real adventure. Learn about the Mediterranean’s diverse nature, and get ready to board ROMEO II, a cargo ship about to face a massive storm on the 40th parallel. Hold on to your seat! You’ll meet African penguins, and visit gentle tropical seas and lagoons, with the multi-coloured fish. Afterwards enjoy a real show at the ocean theatre, complete with various species of sharks. Your journey winds up in the heart of the Amazon, with its unique fauna. Have a nice trip! • October to April Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm. Closed on Monday, except during school vacation and days preceding holidays (10 am to 7 pm ) • May and June Monday to Thursday and Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 10 pm. • July and August Open every day from 10 am to 10 pm • September Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm. Closed on Monday, except during school vacation (open from 10 am to 8 pm ) Rates : 12.50 € - Free for children under 3 Children 3 - 6: 9 € - Family (2 adults + 2 children): 36 € 09

20% reduced rate


also features: the Végapolis iceskating rink, Galilée Planetarium, Gaumont multiplex cinema, theme restaurants and much more! Colourful architecture in a one-of-a-kind neighbourhood! See page 43




There are numerous ways to discover Montpellier. Everyone can pursue his or her own desires and interests in a city that is historical and modern, multicultural and eclectic. Let yourself go, be part of the culture, take your pick of life’s pleasures!

Visiting Montpellier pages 26-31 Sites and places to discover pages 32-36 The art of a city page 37


Visiting Montpellier Step- by-step

Circuit 1

Circuit 2

Place de la Comédie

Préfecture / flower market

Place de la Comédie: the city’s beating heart, dominated by the Opera house of the same name, its trademark fountain of the Three Graces, and its extension to the east toward the Berlioz Opera house. One of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe, alive with some 60,000 people each day, as well as numerous sidewalk cafes all around.

Kiosque Bosc

one of the first reinforced concrete buildings in Montpellier.

Charles de Gaulle Esplanade and park

and a playground now totally rebuilt on a zoo theme with multicoloured animals.


Berlioz Opera and Conference centre designed by ClaudeVasconi in 1988 with an archaeological garden featuring medieval pottery discoveries.

Fabre Museum

Montpellier’s fine arts museum, with its combined ancient and modern architecture, and entry by Buren.

Pharmacie de la miséricorde

This 18th century pharmacy contains nearly 300 porcelain objects from the 18th – 20th centuries.

Hôtel de Varennes

on place Pétrarque, with its Medieval structure on the ground floor, and museums of old Montpellier and Fougau upstairs.

Medieval Mikvé

12th century Jewish ritual bath, one of the best preserved in Europe.

Rue Foch

14m wide, Foch is a street with typical architecture from the 19th century.

Palace of Justice

Out front, a broad stairway leading to columns of the Corinthian order and ornate statues. Typical 19th century architecture.

Triumphal Arch

At the end of the 17th century, the king’s intendant decided to build this arch, an imitation of the gates in Paris, to honour Louis XIV. Designed by architect François d’Orbay, a student of Mansart, this Triumphal Arch was built on the location of one of the ancient rampart’s former gates.

Place Royale du Peyrou

Designed by Jean Giral, the Peyrou is divided into two parts: the royal plaza, with a grand statue of Louis XIV on horseback; and the water plaza, dominated at one end by its water tower.

St Clément aqueduct (18th century)

modelled after the Pont du Gard. Don’t miss: aqueduct’s decorative lighting created by Yann Kersalé. A beautiful stroll beneath blue lights that bring out the natural stone colour.

Place Jean Jaurès

and the crypt of Notre Dame des Tables where you’ll find the Museum of Montpellier History.

Jacques Cœur private mansion

which became home to the Treasurers of France in the 17th century, now houses the Languedocien museum. (entrance fee). These places can only be visited as part of the Montpellier Tourist Office’s guided tours.

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Circuit 3 Place de la Canourgue

enjoy the calm, greenery, magnificent unicorn fountain, and a view of St. Pierre cathedral.

Jardin des Plantes

created by Henri IV, one of the oldest botanical gardens in France.

Faculty of Medicine

Montpellier wasn’t even 200 years old in 1180 when its Lord Guilhem VIII signed a surprising edict. He declared that anyone, no matter what his or her religion or origin, had the right to teach medicine in Montpellier.The Faculty of Medicine was founded at the end of the 13th century, and is now the oldest still-active medical school in the Western world.

St Pierre Cathedral

Former Benedictine chapel built in 1364, transformed into a cathedral under Pope Urbain V in 1536. Its massive columns and canopy are a must-see.

Tour des Pins

seat of the association of the Barons de Caravètes, the Tour des Pins and the Tour de la Babote are the last two remaining towers of the urban fortification known as the Commune Clôture.

Couvent of the Ursulines

17th century transformed into a women’s prison, then military barracks in the 19th century, this former convent is now home to Agora Dance. 2 tramway lines to get around town The swallow-covered blue line connects the north of the city to the Odysseum terminus. The new flower-power line extends from east to west. People need just one ticket to ride these spectacular trams designed by Garouste and Bonetti, both getting around town and riding in a mobile work of art! That’s right, the tramway likes to get dressed up, just like the city!

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Circuit 4 Planchon Square on Rue Maguelone

named after the agronomist who discovered phylloxera and its cure, and the Byzantine-style Protestant temple.

Grand Rue Jean Moulin

Montpellier’s merchant street. Numerous private mansions, including the Bruyas mansion (friend and benefactor of the painter Courbet, who bequeathed his collection of paintings to the Fabre Museum.The resistant Jean Moulin resided at number 21.

Hôtel Saint Côme

and its surgery amphitheatre from the 18th century, today home to the Chambre of Commerce and Industry.

Hôtel des Trésoriers de la Bourse

Former property of the Saporta family in the 16th century, this private mansion was renovated by Jean Giral in the 18th century. Today it hosts the House of Heidelberg.

Carré Sainte Anne

19th century church now converted into an exhibition hall. In the heart of the violin-makers’ neighbourhood, just across from the Conservatory of Music. Don’t miss the Nights of Saint Anne at the end of June.

Saint Roch Sanctuary

mural frescoes and boundary stones painted by local merchants.

Ancien Courrier, Bras de Fer and other Medieval streets,

for shoppers who are looking for something different!

Tour de la Babote

One of the two remaining towers of the Commune Clôture fortification built in the 14th century, the Tour de la Babote was renovated in the 18th century for the Academy of Sciences. The Popular Amateur Astronomy Federation has its offices there today.

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Circuit 5 Antigone, neo-classical A city with secrets Montpellier keeps some of its brightest jewels carefully hidden behind heavy doors… to which the Tourist Office has the keys! Don’t hesitate to add the finishing touches to your discovery by signing up for guided tours offered by the Montpellier Tourist Office. You won’t regret it. Information +33 (0)4 67 60 60 60 Reservations required: +33 (0)4 67 60 19 27 see page 8

district designed by Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill. Stairs to the city: buildings in a cascading stairway rising to the Place de la Comédie.

Place du Nombre d’Or

starting point of the main axis from Antigone to the Hôtel de Région (giant glass arch).

Place de Théssalie

with its monumental Ephèbes statue and a little further the Olympic swimming pool (R. Bofill).

Emile Zola Library

designed by Paul Chemetov and Borja Huidobro.

Esplanade de l’Europe

along the river. Enjoy a drink or meal overlooking the water.

Banks of the Lez

Montpellier’s river, whose source provides the city with drinking water. Take a walk along the numerous pathways and bridges that line the banks of the Lez river, on foot or on bike.

Port Marianne

Models of the city

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Bourgeois residences in the city and countryside Starting in the 17th century, following the religious wars, Montpellier enjoyed an era of luxury thanks to the arrival of royal officers. In 1736, Montpellier became the permanent seat of the Languedoc states. Newfound prosperity began to spread and lead the way for major works.

Private mansions Over 2 centuries, a large number of private mansions were built in the city, homes that were signs of their owner’s prosperity. Huge gated entrances, large and well-lit interior courtyards lead to vast apartments. These mansions are generally not accessible to the general public, but some of these courtyards may be explored during Tourist Office guided tours. Hôtel Haguenot, designed by Jean Antoine Giral, is a must-see. Visits upon request: +33 (0)6 19 07 27 58

«Folies» Starting at the end of the 17th century, the city’s dignitaries began to build houses outside the city limits. The term folies originates from the lighthearted approach to these magnificent houses “among the leaves”. 2 folies not-to-be-missed Château de Flaugergues 1744, av. Albert Einstein  33 (0)4 99 52 66 37 + June, July and September from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm, closed on Monday. By appointment the rest of the year, closed on Sunday. Château de la Mogère 2235, route de Vauguières On D172 - +33 (0)4 67 65 72 01 June to September, open daily from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. (Saturday with appointment) October to May, open the afternoon on Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday and with appointment. 09

There are a number of models of Montpellier exhibited in the Town Hall foyer (1 place Francis Ponge), showing a bird’s eye view of the city and its neighbourhoods. Definitely worth the detour.

At the other end of the river, Port Marianne is one of the city’s more recent urban developments. Easily accessible by tramway or bicycle, visitors particularly enjoy the natural environment and great restaurants. Don’t forget to stop and bask in the sun on the banks of the Jacques Cœur lagoon.

Private mansions and Folies


Get away for a while and bask in the pleasure of unique design and fun attractions.The Odysseum zone, at the end of tramway line 1, is the perfect place to wander around and feast your eyes! A definite change of scenery!

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Museums Montpellier

Sites, places to discover

Montpellier Agglomeration’s Fabre Museum 09

39, boulevard Bonne Nouvelle

34000 Montpellier. Tel. +33 (0)4 67 14 83 00 See page 20 – 21

Musée de l’histoire de Montpellier

Place Jean Jaurès (located in the crypt of Notre Dame des Tables), +33 (0)4 67 54 33 16 Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm / 1:30 pm to 6 pm (last entry at 11:50 and 5:20). Rate: 1.60 € (Free for children under 16) Audioguides in 6 languages. Free admission for all participants in the tourist office guided tours.

The Montpellier History Museum is situated in a crypt of Romanesque origin, part of the St. Marie church built in the 10th century. A new church was built in the 12th century and earned its current name from the money changer’s tables that were set out along its walls. The restored crypt offers a virtual visit into Montpellier’s past. Modern techniques, light projections, along with video and sound commentaries, bring the old church and its past back to life.

Musée languedocien 09

7, rue Jacques Cœur, +33 (0)4 67 52 93 03

Museum and hotel open daily, except Sunday and national holidays from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm (from June 15th – September 15th, from 3 pm to 6 pm) (Rates: 6 € / 3 € for school children). Guided tours (8 €) and groups by appointment.

Museum of art, history and archaeology, housed in Montpellier’s first historic private mansion, the former abode of Jacques Coeur and the treasurers of France, and classified as an historic monument, the museum contains rich collections: GalloRoman art, Greek ceramics, decorative arts from the 16th to 19th century, Romanesque sculptures and historical souvenirs of the Languedoc. Not to be missed: the temporary exhibition «Jacques le Conquérant».

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Musée du vieux Montpellier

Hôtel de Varennes - 2, Place Pétrarque +33 (0)4 67 66 02 94 - Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:30 am to 12 pm / 1:30 pm to 5 pm. Free entry

This museum houses furniture and objects commemorating various periods in Montpellier history (Middle Ages, 17th and 18th centuries, Revolution, Empire…).

Musée du Fougau

Hôtel de Varennes - 2 Place Pétrarque +33 (0)4 67 84 31 58 - Open Wednesday and Thursday, from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. Free entry. Guided visits.

This private museum of popular art and traditions is devoted to everyday life in Montpellier’s olden days.

Musée Atger

Faculté de Médecine - 2 rue école de Médecine +33 (0)4 67 41 76 30, +33 (0)4 67 41 76 40 Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 1:30 pm to 5:45 pm - Closed during Christmas holidays, August, and national holidays. Free entry.

This museum houses a very fine collection of drawings from the Flemish, Italian, Dutch, German, and French Schools, painstakingly gathered by the expert art enthusiast, Xavier Atger, who donated it to the Faculty of Medicine in the 19th century.

Musée de la pharmacie

Faculté de Pharmacie - 15 av. Charles Flahault, +33 (0)4 67 54 80 62 - Open Tuesday and Friday, from 10 am to 12 pm. Closed during Christmas, easter holidays and three weeks in August. Free entry. Group tours by appointment.

Founded in 1972, the Pharmacy Museum houses numerous documents on ancient and contemporary pharmacy in Montpellier and its region.

Musée des moulages Empereur Antonin

Museum +33 (0)4 67 14 54 86 Closed for construction from April to December Open Tuesday and Friday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and to 1:30 pm to 5 pm. Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and to 1:30 pm to 4 pm. Free entry.

The Empereur Antonin cast art museum contains over 350 reproductions of antique sculptures and 150 castings of medieval works of art.

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Agropolis Museum 07

951 avenue Agropolis, +33 (0)4 67 04 75 00/04 Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm, except Tuesday. Full rate: 5 €, reduced rate: 2.50 € (seniors, youth from 10 to 18, jobseekers, large families, students, teachers, Amazonian greenhouse ticket-holders). Free for children under 10, school classes, agricultural schools, friends of Agropolis-Museum and recipients of social minima.

A fun way to discover world farming and cuisine from Europe to Asia and the Americas, from sushi to ravioli! Kids’ corner, games/quizzes, etc, an enjoyable moment to share with the whole family… Culinary workshops: chef-preparations for 6-12 yrs old on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Musée de l’infanterie 07

Ecole d’Application de l’Infanterie, Avenue Lepic, +33 (0)4 67 16 50 43 Group reservations: +33 (0)4 67 16 50 45 Open daily from 2 pm to 5:30 pm, except Tuesday. Entry: 4 € - 2 € for students, jobseekers, and groups of 10 or more. Free for children under 18, for school groups and guides. Groups by appointment.

This Infantry Museum explains history and development of the French infantry from 1480 to today. A major collection of uniforms and arms. Soundtracks and videos.

Montpellier Agglomeration Lattes

Musée archéologique Lattara

390 avenue de Pérols +33 (0)4 67 99 77 20 Bus 18/stops at stadium Open Monday and Wednesday to Friday, from 10 am to 12 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Week-end from 2 pm to 6 pm. Closed Jan 1st, May 1st, July 14th, and Dec. 25th. Full rate: 2.50 € - Reduced rate: 1.50 €. 2 € (Pass’Agglo) Free entry on the first Sunday of every month, for children under 18, students of the Agglomeration and Lattes residents


Musée municipal d’archéologie

Rue de la Mairie + 33(0)4 67 47 71 74 or +33 (0)4 67 27 88 28 Open Saturday from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm and in summer during excavation courses and on heritage days.

This Municipal Museum of Archeology exclusively houses the remains unearthed by archaeological digs in the commune of Murvielles-Montpellier. Objects tracing the history of the community’s human occupation during the Neolithic and Gallo-Roman eras are shown in approximately 10 displays.


Musée Hofer-Bury

+33 (0)4 99 51 20 00 - +33 (0)4 67 47 15 19 - + 33 (0)4 99 51 20 25 Open Saturday and Sunday from 3 pm to 6 pm and by appointment for groups. Rates: 2 € (1 € for children).

A museum of modern and contemporary art named after the art lover who donated his own private collection to the community. This cultural exhibit space is located on the 1st floor of the Château de Lavérune, former seat of the Bishops of Montpellier (an edifice built in the 17th and 18th centuries).


Regional Centre of History of the Resistance and Deportation

1 place de la Liberté +33 (0)4 67 14 27 45 - Open Monday and Tuesday from 9 am to 12 am and 1 pm to 5 pm, Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm, Thursday from 9 am to 12 am and 1 pm to 6 pm, Friday from 9 am to 12 am and 2 pm to 4 pm. Free entry. Guided tours available by appointment.

This museum gives a historical reminder of the 1939-1945 period. The two rooms are devoted to objects that belonged to members of the Resistance and presents several displays (clandestine printing, parachutist gear, life in a concentration camp, the underground…).

Built on the ancient site of Lattara, a harbour frequented between 6 B.C.and 3 A.D,this Archeology Museum illustrates the tight interweaving between the natural environment and human occupation that characterises this lagoon area of the Montpellier coast. Permanent collection, plus temporary exhibits of classic archaeological collections; bookshop, cafeteria, cinema, educational services.

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Exhibition venues, art gallery Montpellier

Tourist Office member La photographie au Pavillon Populaire art galleries Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle, +33 (0)4 67 66 13 46 Galerie de l’Ancien Courrier

3 rue de l’Ancien Courrier +33 (0)4 67 60 71 88 Open from 10 am-12 pm and 3-7 pm except Sunday and Monday morning.

Galerie de l’Écusson

11 rue de l’Ancien Courrier +33 (0)4 67 52 80 14 www.galerie-ecusson. com Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and by appointment

Galerie HambursinBoisanté

15 boulevard Jeu de Paume +33 (0)4 67 84 43 17 www.galeriehambursin Open from 10 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 7 pm except Sunday and Monday.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 6:45 pm Free entry.

Run by Montpellier photographer Roland Laboye, this gallery boasts works by all the great names in photography, plus a few lesser-known talents.

Carré Sainte Anne

Place du Petit Scel - +33 (0)4 67 60 82 11 (information desk available during open hours) or +33 (0)4 67 60 82 42 Open from 1 pm to 6 pm, except Monday. Open until 7 pm during summer exhibits.

Housed in a converted 19th century deconsecrated church, the Carré Sainte-Anne hosts contemporary plastic arts exhibits. Free entry.

Galerie Saint-Ravy

Place Saint-Ravy +33 (0)4 67 60 82 42 - + 33 (0)4 67 60 61 66 Open daily, from 1 pm to 7 pm, except Monday.

Situated in the heart of old Montpellier in the historical downtown area, Galerie Saint-Ravy provides a Galerie Hélène magnificent 15th century vaulted setting in which Trintignan artists may exhibit their works for two weeks.

21 rue St Guilhem +33 (0)4 67 60 57 18 Open from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:30 pm to 7 pm except Sunday and Monday.

Galerie Place des Arts

8 rue de l’Argenterie +33 (0)4 67 66 05 08 Open from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and 3 pm - 7 pm except Sunday and Monday.

Galerie J.C. Reno

10 rue St Firmin +33 (0)4 67 66 37 30 Open 10 am - 12 pm and 2:30 pm– 6:30 pm except Sunday and Monday.

Montpellier Municipal Archives 287 rue Poseïdon - +33 (0)4 67 34 87 50

La Panacée

14, rue de l’Ecole de Pharmacie - +33 (0)4 67 60 82 42

Closed for construction until 2010.


Regional Contemporary Art Foundation 4 rue Rambaud +33 (0)4 99 74 20 36 - +33 (0)4 99 74 20 35 Open Tuesday to Saturday from 2 to 6 pm except bank holidays. Groups with appointment.

Over 940 works by 358 artists, representing French and international artistic creation. The works are exhibited throughout the region, based on an open distribution concept that enables all Atelier Bob types of audiences to become acquainted with 11 bis rue St Firmin contemporary art. (p.19)

The art of a city Every surface in Montpellier is a place for artistic expression. The art of a city accessible to all. Just keep your eyes wide open.

Contemporary works of art

Point of View, by Tony Cragg [new] Three bronze columns 10 metres tall, setup at the city’s east entrance. “Point of View” is the latest creation by U.K. artist Tony Cragg. Walk around the sinuous spirals and discover several silhouette shapes partially representing faces.

Works of art along tramway line 1

To confirm the city’s desire to associate artistic creation with urban and social development.

5 international artists. 5 high points. 5 works. Tribute to Confucius, by Alain JACQUET Tramway stop: Science and Humanities universities Human Constellation, by Chen ZHEN Tramway stop: Mosson Untitled, by Ludger. Tramway stop: Port Marianne But also Allegories, by Allan MC COLLUM (USA) [Corum tramway stop] and The Voyage, by SARKIS (Turkey) Gare St. Roch tramway stop.

Trompe l’œil frescoes

Top quality artistry decorating walls with the deepest respect for the specific nature of each neighbourhood. Check out Place St Roch, rue de la Méditerranée, Place E. Adam and St Denis, as well as Consuls de Mer. Boundary stones painted by merchants As you walk through the city, remember to let your eyes wander down to these original and funny works of art. They help bring out the colours in life! In addition, statues and fountains sprout up everywhere in town!

+33 (0)6 85 90 28 16 Open from 10 am to 12 pm and from 2:30 pm to 7 pm except Sunday.

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Montpellier is a city where the sun never sets, to be experienced by day as well as by night. Enjoy the richness of an evening out at the theatre, opera, Zenith concert hall or any of Montpellier’s many trendy places to go. The variety of activities is enough to please everyone. For a more educational outing, head over to the wonderful world of the Odysseum, an eclectic leisure zone sure to delight people of all ages.

Cultural Outings Theatres for young audiences Théâtre de la Plume

6, rue Guillaume Pellicier +33 (0)4 67 58 73 78

Performance at 4 pm

Théâtre La Vista Théâtre de la Méditerranée 42, rue Adam de Craponne

Programmes for children during the day; evening programmes for adults.

Montpellier Agglomeration Théâtre Jacques Cœur/the writing theatre

Lattes - Mas d’Encivade Port Ariane Information: +33 (0)4 99 52 95 00 Tickets: +33 (0)4 67 22 52 91

Municipal theatre. Yearly programme.

Chai du Terral

Generally danceoriented programmes and dance conservatory

Every year, symphonies, chamber groups, and jazz formations present a concert season with a broad spectrum of music ranging from the Baroque era to the present day.


100 rue Ferdinand de Lesseps - Information: +33 (0)4 67 58 30 30

Amateur jazz and World Music nights… the JAM is a regional school for jazz and modern music, as well as a music learning centre covering all instruments, with year-long programmes.

Le Zénith - Domaine de Grammont Information on programme: +33 (0)4 67 64 50 00, reservations +33 (0)4 67 64 68 83

Over 220,000 show-goers per year, some one hundred concerts, comedy shows and dance productions, including the most popular national companies.

Victoire 2 Concert Hall

Domaine du Mas de Grille - St Jean de Védas Information: +33 (0)4 67 47 91 00 -

660-seat concert hall showcasing modern music from around the Montpellier conurbation and 6 new rehearsal studios available to local musicians.


National Choreography Centre of Montpellier

Languedoc-Roussillon - Run by Mathilde Monnier Les Ursulines - boulevard Louis Blanc Tickets: +33 (0)4 67 60 06 70 -

This experimental centre is unique in Europe and welcomes some of the top names in choreography.

Montpellier Dance Season 2009

18 rue Sainte Ursule - Information and reservation: +33 (0)8 00 60 07 40 (toll-free). Tickets on sale from Monday to Friday from 1 pm - 6 pm -

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A wide-ranging programme of shows and theatre plays for the whole family.

Théâtre d’Ô, Domaine d’Ô

Information - Tickets: +33 (0)4 67 67 66 66 Tuesday to Friday from 2 pm to 6 pm

A rich programme of events for all audiences: live shows and contemporary plays performed by young European theatre companies.

Track down all the right addresses in the Montpellier tourist directory, ‘Things to see, things to do, ‘ published by the Montpellier Tourist Office, or available on

Théâtre Jean Vilar

155, rue de Bologne Information: +33 (0)4 67 40 41 39 Monday to Friday, 1 pm to 6 pm

Théâtre Gérard Philippe

Maison pour tous Joseph Ricôme 7 rue Pagès - Information: +33 (0)4 67 58 71 96

Théâtre du Hangar/Compagny Jacques Bouliès

3 rue Nozeran - Information: +33 (0)4 67 41 32 71 Presentations on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:45 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm, Sundays at 5 pm. Closed on Mondays

Subsidised experimental theatre.

Kawa Théâtre

18, rue Fouques - Information: +33 (0)4 67 58 15 45 Open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 6 :30 pm Comedy theatre (plays at 7 pm and 9 pm)

Café-Théâtre La Cicrane

9, rue Sainte Ursule Information: + 33 (0)4 67 86 42 90/08 73 05 48 31 Open from 9 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

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Dance is on a rich and varied agenda all year round throughout the Montpellier Agglomeration area.

Languedoc-Roussillon National Dramatic Art Centre Domaine de Grammont. Tickets: +33 (0)4 67 99 25 00 Monday 2 pm to 6 pm, from Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 6 pm


Saint-Jean-de-Védas Château du Terral Information: +33 (0)4 67 47 15 87

Ticket office: Le Corum - Opéra Comédie 11 bd Victor Hugo, +33 (0)4 67 601 999


Théâtre des treize vents


+33 (0)4 67 58 90 90


Montpellier Agglomeration’s National Orchestra and National Opera

20 % reduced rate

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Gay Montpellier The 2nd largest gay city outside Paris, Montpellier wears all the colours of a population that likes to party and have fun in total freedom. Head over to one of the city’s numerous rainbowflag establishments to meet the locals. Help yourself to various gay guides, magazines and flyers with details of what’s going on. Don’t miss: Gay & Lesbian Pride (June) and the Blue White Pink festival (November).

[NEW] IDNight train to Montpellier. A fun idea! To plunge right into the ambiance of your stay in Montpellier, try riding the IDNight train. Created by the SNCF for Summer 2008, this new train service is a true mobile discotheque carrying travellers from Paris to Montpellier.



Montpellier thrives on being different. Avantgarde and open, the city welcomes you with open arms. With one out of every two inhabitants under the age of 35, Montpellier is a heavyweight champion when it comes to partying and having fun! Are you ready to take advantage of your time here to go out, see people and listen to music? Check out our suggestions!

Contemporary music/concert venues

Odysseum is an exceptional complex, totally unique and innovative, a true world of leisure and sensations in Montpellier, at the gates of the Mediterranean.

With a name that refers both to Greek mythology and Space Odyssey, Montpellier’s Odysseum offers a new urban style. Following the American lead, Odysseum is the first in Europe to combine educational and commercial activities.

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It’s simple, there are concert venues all over Montpellier! In addition to the renowned Zenith, Jam, Victoire 2 and legendary Rockstore, the city is full of places where you can hear good sound and get together with friends at modest cost! For example: Théâtre Jean Vilar, Trioletto (near the universities), Antirouille, Macadam Pub, Mojomatic, Blue Up and more, all for real musical enjoyment.You also won’t want to miss the Baloard and the Pleine Lune, both of which regularly offer exhibitions in addition to music. Don’t miss the today’s music festival in November: 100% Montpellier festival (p.19).

Enjoy the friendly atmosphere, as well as the diverse originality and quality of Odysseum’s theme restaurants!

Mare Nostrum Aquarium

Take a trip and feed your curiosity of the fabulous marine universe at the Mare Nostrum aquarium, the skies at the Galilée planetarium, and the fabulous world of cinema at the Gaumont multiplex, one of the largest in France. Guaranteed sensations can be found at the Végapolis ice-skating rink, Evolution Laser Game, Bowling Alley, climbing wall and, soon, a wave pool!

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Rock and a major electro scene

When the Géant Casino hyper-market, Décathlon sporting goods store, and some 100 boutiques open in September 2009, you will be able to satisfy all your shopping needs in an environment of cutting edge design. Ride the tramway from downtown Montpellier straight to this exciting new shopping centre.

The electro scene hit Montpellier around 10 years ago. And it has grown continuously ever since, attracting international favourites such as Laurent Garnier, David Guetta and more. The biggest names in the electro scene regularly come to Montpellier, drawing more and more fans into the night. Even the festivals are joining the fun, with Electromind and the Radio France Festival’s Tohu Bohu concerts.


When it comes to nightclubs, Montpellier’s got something for everybody. Clubs to satisfy everyone’s taste, every style, every age group. Good to know: To really enjoy your night out, take the AMIGO, a bus service that covers the nightclub circuit from Thursday to Sunday. Montpellier is also alive with hip-hop culture, with its annual spotlight Battle of the Year festival in May (p.15).

Montpellier going out

Destination: Odysseum

• Cultural outings • Trendy Montpellier

With Odysseum, Montpellier, the thousandyear-old city is living its dreams and forging ahead towards the sea. Access: A9 motorway, “Montpellier Est” exit Tramway line 1 to Odysseum station Bus line 9 to Odysseum terminus Parking, Vélopark Information: +33 (0)4 99 92 09 19

• Destination: Odysseum • Cultural outings

Montpellier Agglomeration’s

Galilée Planetarium Information: +33 (0)4 67 13 26 26 Rates: 6.30 € (reduced: 5.30 €)

Vegapolis iceskating rink

Information: +33 (0)4 99 52 26 00 Open 7 days a week, all year long Rates: adults 7.20 €, children 6.30 €.


bowling, karting and theme restaurants.


Parks and Gardens pages 46-49 Montpellier Agglomeration’s golf courses page 50 Montpellier Agglomeration’s Charming seaside page 51 Montpellier benefits from an exceptional geographical location, surrounded on all sides by Nature: from Mediterranean beaches to shady parks, golf courses and uncountable parks and paths, you are sure to find enough greenery to colour your stay.




and Gardens

the Domaine de Méric boasts an orangery and an English garden. It is surrounded by greenery that exudes the perfumes of the Mediterranean.

Nature and architecture coexist in harmony in this millennium city that has always been passionate about botany and gardens. The magnificent private estates of Montpellier, the 48 parks and gardens, the Botanical Garden, and countless walking paths are all ready to welcome the city’s visitors.

The Font Colombe Park

This magnificent 5.2 hectare public park is part of the Domaine de Château Bon, located in Montpellier’s Cévennes neighbourhood. Recent improvements highlight a variety of rare native trees, such as thuja, bald and Provincial Cyprus, and pine trees so you can breathe deeply on your green walk.


Not to be missed

The Rimbaud Park

The Botanical Garden

Rue Saint-André de Novigens

+33 (0)4 67 63 43 22 - Public entrance: boulevard Henri IV Open daily (except Monday) from 12 pm to 6 pm in winter, 12 pm to 8 pm in summer.

Situated among the trees alongside the Lez River, this family park has a playground for children and a space dedicated to the game of boules. A great place for cross-generation social exchange.

The Montpellier Botanical Garden is one of the Oldest in Europe. It was created by order of Henri IV in 1593 for Pierre Richer de Belleval (1564-1632). At the time it served as a model for designing all the botanical gardens in France, including the one in Paris 40 years later. Originally of limited size, the garden occupied around one hectare with one main butte -the “mountain” -plus space for a plant collection. Over the years the garden area grew to include a systems school, an arboretum, and a landscaped park. Now the property of the University of Montpellier I, the garden is classified as a Historical Monument and Protected Site.

The Tastavin Park

Avenue Villeneuve d’Angoulême

On the grounds of a mansion acquired by the city in 1979, now the Maison pour Tous Albert Camus, this park offers magnificent walks on a protected site covering 16,000 sq.m.

The Clemenceau Park

Avenue Clémenceau Open from 8 am to 6 pm (until 8 pm in spring and fall; 9:30 pm in summer).

Walks in the heart of the city

Domaine de Grammont

Avenue Albert Einstein, +33 (0)4 67 64 32 90 Open to the public daily from 5 am to 11 pm.

The Potters’ Garden Tram stop: Corum

On the east side of Montpellier, this 90-hectare park is a centre for all sorts of activities, including Grammont theatre, the ESJ School of Journalism, the Espace Rock, the Zenith auditorium, a wedding ceremony hall, a complete sport complex and an open-air leisure centre… The beauty of its park and carefully maintained plants and trees make this former 12th century Grandmontine monastery an enchanting spot and source of endless enjoyment.

This medieval archaeological garden is set around the remains of the Church of the Saint Esprit (a meeting point for pilgrims in the 13th century) and those of the 14th century Pila Saint Gély gate, both of which were uncovered during excavation work for the new tram lines.

The Esplanade Gardens Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle

From the Place de la Comédie to the Corum, this delightful walk is shaded by the many plane trees and decorated with pools, fountains, play areas, and seats to relax on. On the right is the Champs de Mars, a former military site converted into a public garden in 1900, and a very popular place for Montpellier people to hang out.

The ‘Domaine de Méric’

Rue de Ferran - Park open daily from 8 am to 6 pm (until 8 pm in - spring and fall, 9:30 pm in summer)

A magnificent piece of property that once belonged to the family of artist Frédéric Bazille,

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For great ideas on where to walk, get the Montpellier map guide on sale at the Tourist Office. This guide recommends 8 itineraries in the heart of town and around the loveliest areas of natural beauty.

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The Peyrou Royal Promenade


On the outskirts of the Ecusson (the name given to the historical centre because of its crest shape), the Promenade du Peyrou, purposefully designed for its statue of Louis XIV on horseback, is one of the favourite relaxing spots for Montpellier people. The Arc de Triomph and the water tower, with the aqueduct spanning out in the distance, are exquisite samples of classic architecture.

Bocaud Park

Avenue Joseph Arlery Open to the public daily in Summer from 2 pm to 8 pm (6 pm in winter).

A magnificent 9-hectares park situated in the centre of Jacou.


Domaine de Restinclières

From the fountain on the Place du Nombre d’Or to Place de Thessalie

Maison départementale de l’environnement: +33 (0)4 99 62 09 40

In the heart of the neo-classical Antigone quarter, these 2 fountains surprise people with their originality and imposing presence. With its operating mechanism buried entirely underground, the fountain on Place du Nombre d’Or rises directly from the ground without any visible basin or construction.The fountain on Place de Thessalie is comprised of a circular basin with busts of three young men in the middle.

Near the source of the Lez river, this 215 hectares area offers a widely varying countryside. Set on the hillside, the 17th century chateau looks out over a French-style garden and scrubland surroundings. This natural site is open to all, a place to discover the essential role of nature. Picnic and game areas.

Saint-Jean-de-Védas Château du Terral

Banks of the Lez

Terral District. +33 (0)4 67 07 83 00 Park open Wednesday, national and school holidays. March 1st to October 31, Wednesday from 1:30 pm to 5 pm and week-ends from 2 pm to 6 pm and November 1st to February 28, 1 pm to 5 pm. Closed in August.

Montpellier’s new neighbourhoods extend on either side of the coastal river Lez (whose flow has been controlled to prevent flooding). Friendly restaurants and pedestrian footbridges planted with trees make the banks of the Lez an taking a stroll.

The 19th century gardens contain a variety of plant species, including Lambat cypresses, lotus trees, sophoras and Chinese palm trees. You will also find a delightful sweet-smelling garden and a thousand types of plants spread over 4 hectares.

Banks of the Mosson Avenue de Heidelberg

The refreshing Mosson creek flows through the west side of town, an aquatic border snaking lazily amid built-up areas and nature. Here visitors and residents can enjoy 25 hectares of natural forest, protected flora and fauna, along the banks of the Mosson.


Natural protected site of Méjean

Maison de la Nature: +33 (0)4 67 22 12 44 Open September 1 – June 30, 2 pm to 6 pm, July/ August from 9 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm. Closed Monday and Thursday. Trail of the pink flamingos open March 1 to June 30 from 9 am to 6 pm, July/ August from 9 am to 7:30 pm. Closed Monday.

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Two trails to discover the flora and fauna (one is the 2 - 8 km, “trail of the pink flamingos”, the other is the 6 km “trail of the white stork”).


Source of the Avy and arboretum

This site, located in the heart of a splendid pine forest, lets visitors discover the Source of the Avy, the main tributary of the Mosson river.The site offers both a picnic area and a fitness circuit. On the banks of the Mosson, the arboretum is home to a variety of Mediterranean flora and fauna.

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Golf Montpellier courses Opt for the Golf Pass and discover all the different golf courses in Languedoc-Roussillon. The pass includes 5 green fees (for one player), which can be used on 15 different courses over a period of 21 consecutive days. Possibility to play 2 days in a row on the same course. Reserve with the golf course of your choice 48 hours in advance.

Agglomeration Charming seaside

Tucked away in protected surroundings, boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, Montpellier guarantees golf lovers the chance to play in all seasons, on quality courses full of character, offering something to suit everyone, seasoned players and beginners alike. Two international golf courses await you just 15 minutes from the city centre.

Montpellier is also famous for its beautiful and well cared-for seaside. Far from the crowds, in a world so different from concrete resorts, Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone gives people a 3,000 hectare nature reserve to relish the silence. From its forest of green oaks - some 150 to 300 years old - spread over 8 hectares, to a 4 hectare adventure park with a giant Zip wire and via Ferrata, to the vineyards, marshes, and beaches… outdoor activities are the way to go. In the heart of these enchanting surroundings, you will find the solid Maguelone Cathedral, one of the major holy places in Languedoc-Roussillon. To feel that you’re even further away, you can take a small train, or ride a bicycle to this protected site.

Golf de Montpellier-Massane Baillargues (A9 exit 28 - Vendargues) +33 (0)4 67 87 87 87

With easy access in Baillargues, on the east side of Montpellier, the Montpellier Massane golf course was designed by California architect Ronald Fream to ensure an unforgettable golf experience. 27-hole golf course - Golfy network - David Leadbetter courses - Swimming pool - Tennis court - Relaxing clubhouse - Pro shop - Hotel*** (32 rooms) - Gastronomic Restaurant La Lucques and Brasserie - Conference centre SPA Aromassane - Tourist accommodations*** (52 apartments).

Spotlight on the Maguelone Cathedral

Free entry - every day from 9 am to 7 pm from October to May and from 9 am to 8 pm from June to September. Possibility to rent an audio guide for the tour. Please ask at reception (open from 10:30 am to 6 pm, +33 (0)4 67 50 63 63).

Surrounded by the sea, lagoons, and vineyards, the magnificent Roman-style Maguelone Cathedral, called Cathedral of the Sand, seat of the diocese until 1536, draws you in by its pure lines and exceptional location.

Montpellier Resort - Golf de Fontcaude

Juvignac (A9, Montpellier west exit, towards Lodève-Millau) - Domaine de Fontcaude - Route de Lodève - +33 (0)4 67 45 90 10

Les rochers de Maguelone: Forest Adventure Park

A championship course with a Mediterranean flavour. Just north of Montpellier, Fontcaude Golf Course is in an ideal location offering calm, beauty, and greenery. 27-hole golf course Training Centre - Swimming pool - Clubhouse - Pro shop - Hotel - Restaurant - Fitness Centre.


Chemin de la Diligence Access - From the D116 between Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone and Mireval +33 (0)6 60 60 02 01

A practical and fun way to get to the beach. Leave your car and take the tourist train. For your convenience there are 2 parking lots. Check operating hours and fees at the Villeneuve-lèsMaguelone Tourist Service -29 avenue de Mireval, +33 (0)4 67 69 75 87,

Between sky and earth, tree and rock, sea and Mediterranean plant life: Les Rochers de Maguelone invites you on an astonishing discovery of its cool forest: 14 adventure trails (3 to 81 years old), Squirrel trail to Awaken the Senses. With added bonuses: 2 unmissable golf courses (new for 2007), 200m giant Zip wire traverse.

For a guided tour of the flora and fauna, make reservations with the Villeneuve lès Maguelone Tourist Service.


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e r u s a le p n a e n a r r e t i Med Profoundly Mediterranean, Montpellier and the entire

area will awaken your senses. Let yourself be absorbed by the pleasures of the south without moderation, from multi-coloured markets to renowned fine dining, forgotten savours and local tradition. Montpellier sits at the heart of a region that is loaded with exceptional sites all within 2 easy hours.


Art of living markets Theme markets Second-hand book fair Esplanade Charles de Gaulle 4th Saturday of every month. Flower market Esplanade Charles de Gaulle Monday to Saturday, from 7 am to 7 pm.

A trip to Montpellier would not be complete without a serious gastronomic pause. Enjoy the city with your taste buds… and stroll among the stalls. Let the markets bring the Mediterranean to you!

Quartier Figuerolles

Place Roger Salengro. Daily from 7 am to 1 pm

Local markets Marché Albert Premier


Place Castellane Monday to Saturday from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. Sunday and national holidays from 7 am to 2 pm

Place Albert 1er. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm

Jacques Coeur

Place des Beaux Arts. Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm

Marché d’Antigone

Place du Nombre d’Or. Wednesday from 7 am to 1 pm

Marché des Beaux Arts

Boulevard d’Antigone. Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm. Sunday and national holidays from 8 am to 3:30 pm

Flea market and bric a brac Espace Mosson Sunday from 6 am to 1 pm.

Collectors forum Boulevard des Arceaux Saturday from 7 am to 2 pm

Avenue d’Heidelberg. Daily from 7 am to 1 pm


Flower and plant market Espace Mosson Every Tuesday from 7 am to 7 pm.

Farmers’ market Avenue Samuel Champlain Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm.


Marché Hauts de Massane Hauts de Massane Wednesday from 7 am to 1 pm

Marché du plan des quatre seigneurs


Place Jean Baumel. Tuesday, Friday, Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm

Place Laissac. Daily from 7 am to 1 pm

Quatre saisons

Avenue d’Heidelberg. Daily from 7 am to 1 pm

Marché Saint Clément

The main markets

Marché Tastavin

Cévennes district - Parc Bartolomé de Las Cazas. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday mornings from 7 am to 1 pm

(Food, clothing and accessories, flowers)

Avenue Pedro de Luna. Tuesday to Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm

Marché des Arceaux

Boulevard des Arceaux. Tuesday to Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm

Historic centre

Place de la Comédie. Tuesday to Thursday from 7 am to 1:30 pm. Friday and Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm

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Gastronomy, Souvenirs, shopping wine

Start with prestigious boutiques

Languedoc winemakers have been producing a wide variety of high quality wines since Antiquity. If for no other reason, exploring the area around Montpellier is in itself an invitation into the vineyards…

You’ll find stores with all the leading luxury brands in Montpellier. As capital of the region, Montpellier has everything you need in terms of major national and international names. Jewellery, art galleries, ready to wear clothing, couture… a wealth of high quality boutiques await you in the historical centre.

Grès de Montpellier

Don’t miss an opportunity to taste the Grès de Montpellier, Montpellier’s local appellation which includes the best wines in the Côteaux du Languedoc. These are red wines with a deep ruby red colour thanks to the use of traditional grape varieties including Grenache noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre; aromas of red berries which evolve onto notes of Morello cherries, candied fruits and spices are a pleasure for any palate. The final notes are both powerful and long lasting…

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Mediterranean pleasure

In addition to the best-known brands, Montpellier is also home to local creators and small boutiques full of the charm of yesteryear. Every quarter and every street has a special flavour: La Canourgue and Saint Anne, with their antique dealers, Rue St. Guilhem with regional specialities, Rue de l’Aiguillerie with its second-hand clothing stores.

A warm welcome at the winery!

… mix it all together in a cultural and historic setting

Discover the list of Montpellier’s wine cellars and estates in “Things to see, things to do.” The map of the Grès de Montpellier wines and the Vineyards and Heritage Trail is available from the Tourist Office, as is the Guide to Montpellier Agglomeration wines… an ideal way to taste the best wines in the greater Montpellier countryside.

Shopping in the city centre offers a delicious feeling of being elsewhere. Private mansions rub shoulders with shops; historical monuments dominate the paved squares and give visitors a real taste of the past. Why not vary your pleasure and visit St. Pierre Cathedral between visits to clothes shops where you can frequently continue to admire the simple beauty of monumental vaulted ceilings that date back to the Middle Ages?

… and you get the perfect recipe for Mediterranean flavoured windowshopping!

Wine Museum Château de l’Engarran 09

Les Estivales July-August Wine tasting on the Esplanade every Friday evening from 6 pm to midnight. The Wine Festival November, December. On Place de la Comédie and at wine cellars in and around the city. Vineyard walks The Tourist Office organises several tasting tours throughout the year in the heart of the historic centre. Get a copy of the guided tour programme.

… add a touch of the unexpected

As you stroll around through narrow streets in the heart of the city, take a break on one of the many sun-bathed squares… Place Saint Ravy, Saint Roch, Sainte Anne, or Place de la Canourgue just to name a few…

Lavérune - +33 (0)4 67 47 00 02

Don’t miss the Château de l’Engarran wine museum and the exhibition of tools and machinery used in the vineyards and cellar since 1885. A family-owned winery for five generations.

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Some tasty treats to bring back from Montpellier … Les Grisettes de Montpellier, small round sweets with delicious aromas of honey and liquorice le délice des trois Grâces, delicious chocolate with spices les Croquants de Montpellier with almonds liquorice and marshmallows Auzier-Chabernac inspired by Montpellier’s medical tradition le Clapas, a delicious dark, milk or white chocolate with a smooth nougat cream and crunchy bits without forgetting the Violette de Montpellier, a fragrant olive oil.

New (opening in June 2009)

Take a step into the new arts and crafts centre and take home authentic souvenirs, ceramics, glass, clothes, jewellery and more. All in all, 5 craft professions are present. A great way to make sure you can delight your friends and family with a product made in Montpellier!

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sites to visit


Even if the Montpellier Agglomeration is heading towards modernization in many ways, the locals would never neglect the traditions that have been handed down to them for many centuries:

Many great sightseeing places await you within 2 hours of Montpellier. Here are a few suggestions.

UNESCO World Heritage sites

Great ways to get around the region from Montpellier

Take the TER (Regional Express Train) to discover Nîmes, Sète, Béziers, Narbonne, Carcassonne and Perpignan (tourist rates available) Information: +33 (0)891 700 900

Trip proposals: Taxi tours (new from Summer 2008): Languedoc Taxi Tour, Information: +33 (0)6 33 33 04 05 with Modulauto: self-service car rentals available 24/24 to discover the region. Pricing 3 – 8 hours, including gas. Information and reservations: +33 (0)4 67 60 00 51 fax. +33 (0)4 67 66 02 49) bus trips Agence Oculture +33 (0)4 67 56 37 94 Pascal Evasion +33 (0)4 67 15 15 85 tickets for sale at the Tourist Office. Information: +33 (0)4 67 60 60 60 trips in minibus on request Felix Tour +33 (0)4 67 54 24 07 Transport Soriteau: +33 (0)6 61 62 68 88 UTO: + 33 (0)4 67 52 74 23

Mediterranean pleasure

The colossal walled city of Carcassonne Pont du Gard, immense roman aqueduct Canal du Midi and its many locks The medieval Gellone Abbey of St Guilhem le Désert

Bull “games” and bull-running

More of an art than a sport, bull-running is a traditional activity that harmlessly glorifies the fighting spirit of the Camargue bull, a natural runner. The raseteurs (runners) try to remove the rasets (pom-poms) attached to the bull’s horns. You will find many village festivities with bull games in the numerous villages around Montpellier.

Historic and picturesque cities


Nîmes, living Roman history Sète, jousting on the canal Pézenas, Molière’s city Aigues-Mortes, the medieval city of Saint Louis Collioure, capital of Fauvism

The national sport of the lower Languedoc region, tambourin is a ball game in which the racket is replaced by a tambourine. It is a descendant of long tennis, evolving over the centuries to reach its present form around 1870, and taking on the name of the instrument used to hit the ball. There are three clubs on the outskirts of Montpellier where you can learn this sport: Cournonsec, also known as the “tambourin village”, Cournonterral, and Pignan.

Protected natural sites

Camargue marshes, with pink flamingos, ranches and wild horses Cévennes mountains, great by bike or on foot Pyrénées mountains, discoverable by steam train or at a ski resort!

Les Paillasses de Cournonterral

Unique in France, a very special carnival game has taken place in Cournonterral every Ash Wednesday since 1346. In that year, Cournon residents held off rivals from their neighbouring village, thus putting an end to a long dispute over gathering firewood. Since that time, Cournonterral residents relive the event every year… the Paillasses (people in straw-caked disguises) chase down their “rivals” with old rags and tissue soaked in wine sediment… everyone gets filthy and has a great time. This is a much-anticipated event for Cournonterral residents… visitors beware!

Industrial tourism

Perrier, the little green bottle of water, in Vergèze Haribo candy in Uzès Noilly Prat white vermouth in Marseillan Avène les Bains, famous for its cosmetic products Roquefort cheese caves The now-famous Millau viaduct And the many wineries producing renowned Grès de Montpellier/Côteaux du Languedoc wines

To find out more

Comité régional du Tourisme Languedoc Roussillon

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Water jousting

A friendly combat that brings neighbouring coastal towns into a contest in which the losers get soaked! Jousters, also known as the “Knights of the lance” stand on a platform on their boat (rowed by their team), and as two boats pass each other, the jouster, protected only by a shield, uses his lance to push the opponent off the platform and into the water.

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To get to the Tourist Office By car:

Follow the signs to Centre Ville or Montpellier centre, then Centre Historique and the Tourist Office (this will lead you directly to the Corum or Comédie car parks, which are the closest to our reception office).

By public transportation:

We recommend that you park your car in the Tramway exchange car parks, where you will find guarded parking from 7 am to 8 pm, as you enter the city. East: Odysseum West: Mosson North: Euromédecine Occitanie South-west: Sabines North-east: NotreDame de Sablassou You can also take advantage of the TAM car park/public transport pass, valid all day long for you and your fellow passengers. Cost: 4 € (3 € with a PassAgglo card)

Practical Montpellier transport

Getting to Montpellier

Getting around Montpellier

Air Montpellier international airport

Bus and tramway TAM

Information: +33 (0)4 67 20 85 00

Regular lines

air france - 36 54 ryanair - - +33 (0)892 232 375 easyjet - - +33 (0)899 650 011 Iberia Air Nostrum - +33 (0)825 800 965

Transavia - - +33 (0)892 058 888


Airport-Montpellier - +33 (0)4 67 20 85 00 Montpellier-Airport - +33 (0)8 25 34 01 34 Railway S.N.C.F. train station Saint Roch

Place Auguste Gibert/SNCF Boutique: rue St. Guilhem Timetable, traffic info, tickets, services - 36 35 - -

Bus Hérault Transport +33 (0)825 34 01 34

International lines

eurolines -8 rue de Verdun - +33 (0)892 899 091 linebus - rue du Grand Saint Jean - +33 (0)4 67 58 95 00 Road Motorway A9, 5 exits

Exit no. 28: Vendargues (Montpellier - Hospitals/ Faculties) Exit no.29: Montpellier - East (Historic centre/Zenith) Exit no.30: Montpellier - South (Lattes/Palavas) Exit no.31: Montpellier - West (Croix d’Argent/Mosson) Exit no.32: Saint Jean de Védas

Motorway A75

On leaving the A75, you join the N109/E11 and follow the sign for Gignac/Montpellier. You will then enter Montpellier.

Transports de l’Agglomération de Montpellier +33 (0)4 67 22 87 87 6 rue Jules Ferry

30 bus lines form a network that covers all the Agglomeration towns and villages.Tramwayline1: 28 tramway stations from the Mosson district across town to the Odysseum leisure area.Tramway line 2: (opened at the end of 2006): 35 stations, SaintJean-de-Védas, Montpellier, Castelnau-le-Lez, Le Crès, Jacou. 1 single ticket, valid for all lines. Good to know: car parks: Line 1: Mosson Euromédecine - Occitanie - Odysseum. Line 2: Notre Dame de Sablassou - Les Sabines.4 € (3 € Pass’Agglo) for parking (including 1 same-day round-trip TaM ticket).AMIGO, the bus for night owls: AMIGO serves nightclubs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from midnight to 5 am.

Montpellier Taxis Bleu du Midi +33 (0)4 67 03 20 00

Taxis tram - +33 (0)4 67 58 10 10 Languedoc Taxi Tour - +33 (0)6 33 33 04 05 Modulauto

Information and reservations: +33 (0)4 67 60 00 51 Fax: +33 (0)4 67 66 02 49 - Email:

Discover the region with self-service car rental, 24 hours a day. Rates from 3 – 8 hours (including gas).


Transport time For getting to Montpellier By train:

Paris .......3 hrs 15 mins Marseille.. 1 hr 30 mins Lyon...........1 hr 50 mins Toulouse................2 hrs Nice.........4 hrs 15 mins Barcelona..4 hrs 50 mins

Car: Paris 7 hrs 30...............748 km Marseille 1 hr 50 mins.....170 kms Lyon 3 hrs..................300 kms Toulouse 2 hrs 30 min.....242 kms Nice 3 hrs 30 mins...325 kms Nantes 8 hrs 20 mins...825 kms Strasbourg 8 hrs..................791 kms Bordeaux 4 hrs 50 mins.. 483 kms Rennes 9 hrs..................915 kms Barcelona 3 hrs 30 mins... 340 kms

See Vélomagg’ (p.9)

Little tourist train

Esplanade Charles de Gaulle - +33 (0)4 67 66 24 38 Running from 11 am to 4 pm in February, March and October to December. From April to June from 11 am to 6 pm and in July and August from 11 am to 7 pm

Guided tours of Montpellier historical centre on a small train.


Fire Brigade: 18 SAMU (mobile emergency medical service): 15 European emergency: 112 Social emergency: 115 Anti-poison centre: • Marseille: +33 (0)4 91 75 25 25 • Toulouse: +33 (0)5 61 49 33 33 University hospital centre: • Administrative centre André Benech: 191 av. du Doyen Gaston Giraud +33 (0)4 67 33 67 33 • Lapeyronie Emergency: +33 (0)4 67 33 81 67/68 • Pediatrics Emergency: +33 (0)4 67 33 81 74 / 75




34 Place des Martyrs de la Résistance +33 (0)4 67 61 61 61


Chamber of Agriculture

Montpellier Tourist Office

Chamber of Commerce and Industry

(Esplanade/Comédie) Tramway stop: Comédie - +33 (0)4 67 60 60 60 30 Allée Jean de Lattre de Tassigny

Castries Tourist Office

19 Rue Sainte Catherine - +33 (0)4 99 74 01 77

Lattes Tourist Office

679 Avenue de Montpellier - +33 (0)4 67 22 52 91

Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone Tourist Office 29 Route de Mireval - +33 (0)4 67 69 75 87

Hérault Departemental Tourism Committee 1977 avenue des Moulins - +33 (0)8 25 34 00 34

Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Tourism Committee

Mas de Saporta - 34970 Lattes - + 33 (0)4 67 20 88 00 Montpellier: 32 Grand rue Jean Moulin +33 (0)4 99 51 52 00 - Region: 49 Rue Doris - +33 (0)4 67 13 68 00

Chamber of Trade

44 Av. Saint Lazare - +33 (0)4 67 72 72 00

Departmental Directorate of Labour and Employment 615 Boulevard d’Antigone - +33 (0)4 67 22 88 88

Community centres (Administration)

Maison de la Démocratie 16 Rue de la République + 33 (0)4 67 34 87 20

Departmental Sports Hall

200 Avenue du Père Soulas - + 33 (0)4 67 41 78 00

Cultural and leisure organisations

L’Acropole - 954/960, avenue Jean Mermoz +33 (0)4 67 20 02 20

Emile Zola Central Multimedia Library

Public services and administrative offices

Departmental Archives

Montpellier Town Hall

11 Bvd Victor Hugo - +33 (0)4 67 60 19 80

218 Bvd Aéroport International - +33 (0)4 67 34 87 00 2 Avenue de Castelnau - + 33 (0)4 67 14 82 14

Municipal Archives

287 Rue Poséïdon - + 33 (0)4 67 34 87 50

Opera Comédie

1 Place Francis Ponge +33 (0)4 67 34 70 00 -

Corum (Opéra, Conference Hall)

Montpellier Agglomeration

Exhibition Park

50, place Zeus - +33 (0)4 67 13 60 00

Agglomeration offices

Montpellier Beaux Arts: 25 rte de Nîmes - +33 (0)4 67 02 20 00 Montpellier Centre: 50 pl. Zeus - +33 (0)4 67 13 69 09 Montpellier Odysseum: pl. de France - +33 (0)4 99 64 23 40 Montpellier Mosson: 13 pl. Mimi Azaïs - +33 (0)4 67 04 33 05 Montpellier West: 440 bd Pedro de Luna - +33 (0)4 67 07 34 44

Conseil Général

1000 Rue d’Alco, +33 (0)4 67 67 67 67

Conseil Régional

201 Av. de la Pompignane - +33 (0)4 67 22 80 00

Esplanade Charles de Gaulle - +33 (0)4 67 61 67 61 BP 2116 - 34026 Montpellier Cedex 1 +33 (0)4 67 17 67 17

Cultural action department

16 Rue de la République - + 33 (0)4 67 34 88 80

Antigone Olympic swimming pool Avenue Jacques Cartier - +33 (0)4 67 15 63 00

Other consulates:

• ALGERIA 12 Boulevard des Arceaux +33 (0)4 67 54 54 15 Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Saturday from 8:30 am to 1 pm. From 9 am to 2 pm during Ramadan. • BELGIAN 705 rue Saint Hilaire +33 (0)4 67 10 77 77 Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and to 1:30 pm to 7 pm and Friday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and to 1:30 pm to 5 pm. • DENMARK +33 (0)4 67 04 32 18 110 Place Jacques Mirouze Bât. B Monday to Friday From 9 am to 12 pm / 2 pm to 5 pm • SPAIN 24 Rue Marceau +33 (0)4 67 58 20 21 Monday to Friday From 9 am to 2 pm • GREAT BRITAIN +33 (0)4 91 15 72 10 271, Le Capitole - Bât. A 64 Rue Alcyone By appointment only. • MALTA 370 Rue du Lavandin +33 (0)4 67 69 22 69 By appointment only. • MOROCCO 16 Rue Rémy Belleau +33 (0)4 67 06 88 30 Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm • MONACO 3 Rue Maguelone By mail only. • SWEDEN 8 Rue Eugène Lisbonne +33 (0)4 67 60 37 72 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm / 2 pm to 5 pm. Friday from 9 am to 12 pm / 2 pm to 4 pm. • SWITZERLAND 66 Allée Agnès Mac Laren +33 (0)4 67 54 98 18 By appointment.

Montpellier pratique

Police assistance: 17

Consulates HOUSE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Hôtel de Sully Esplanade Charles de Gaulle +33 (0)4 67 34 70 11 Houses the following consulates: • GERMANY +33 (0)4 67 60 75 46 Monday from 2:30 to 5 pm by appointment. Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am to 12 pm and from 2:30 to 5 pm. • ITALY +33 (0)9 77 85 40 25 Wednesdays from 3 to 6 pm and Friday from 10 am to 12 pm by appointment. • NETHERLANDS +33 (0)4 67 60 90 20 Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm by appointment.


Emergency numbers:

Office de Tourisme de Montpellier ****

Reception opening 7/7

Esplanade/Comédie 30, Allée Jean de Lattre de Tassigny 34000 Montpellier - France Tourist Office access Nearest garage - Comédie Tramway stop (Line 1): Comédie

Tourist Office opening hours 9 am - 6:30 pm from Monday to Friday (10 am on Thursday) 10 am - 6 pm Saturday 10 am - 1 pm / 2 pm - 5 pm Sunday

July, August, September 9 am - 7:30 pm from Monday to Friday 9:30 am - 6 pm Saturday 9:30 am - 1 pm / 2:30 pm - 6 pm Sunday

Ticket office

Opening hours: 9 am - 1 pm / 2 pm - 5:45 pm Monday to Friday (10 am on Thursday) 10 am - 1 pm / 2 pm - 5:30 pm Saturday Closed on Sunday July, August, September 9 am - 1 pm / 2 pm - 6:15 pm Monday to Friday 9:30 am - 1 pm / 2 pm - 5:30 pm Saturday Closed on Sunday

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