Montpellier is a teeming, energetic city on the south coast of France, which competes alongside Toulouse as the most dynamic city in the south. With the atmospheric pedestrianised streets of the Old Town to explore, and the large student population setting the cultural and intellectual tone of the city, you can understand why the city is renowned for it’s cultural life. The city hosts a variety of annual festivals, including Montpellier Danse (late June to mid-July), and for music, Le Festival de Radio-France et de Montpellier (second half of July).
The nearest beaches for a dip are at Palavas (tram direction “Odysseum” to Port Marianne, then bus #28), but the best are slightly to the west of the town.
Getting to Montpellier
The city is served by railway, including TGV highspeed trains.
The Montpellier – Méditerranée Airport is located in the area of Fréjorgues, in the town of Mauguio, southeast of Montpellier.