Add to this enticing mix an excellent range of Montpellier accommodation and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a short break...
Standing near the country's superb south coast, with the Mediterranean Sea licking at its heels, Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region and it has much to offer to travellers. The city has an old heart but a young soul, and you can spend hours touring the museums and galleries, or simply wandering the streets and marvelling at the beauty.
And when all that gets too much, you can simply sit at a café table, order a bite of something scrumptious and perhaps partake in a drop of the local wine, which comes from one of the most under-rated and innovative wine regions in France.
Finding a Montpellier hotel to suit your style and budget is easy. We’ve compiled a guide on the best areas in which to stay and, when you use the search tool on TravelSupermarket, you can compare the very best hotel deals. So take the hassle out of finding a cheap hotel in Montpellier and search now for your ideal place to stay.
Narrowing your choice of Montpellier hotels is quite a task, as there are plenty of places to stay in this sprawling city...
Choosing your location is also tricky, though it's wise to stay centrally if you want things to see, do and eat close by.
A focal point of the city is the Place de la Comédie. With its central fountain and stunning architecture, it's a pleasant place to sit and watch as life in the city whirls around you. It's also a good area to look for hotels in Montpellier, as the main attractions are within easy reach of this handy and pleasant location. Hotels in the areas of La Comédie, and to the north in neighbouring Gares, are good bets.
Though the choice is more limited, you should also consider hotels in the Historic Centre (Centre Historique) and towards Jardin des Plantes. This area is to the north-east of La Comédie.
In these central areas you can book budget hotels as well as top-class luxury hotels. In all price brackets you’ll find some fairly bland but well-equipped hotels, as well as beacons of charm and hospitality in fabulously French buildings. Several brands have hotels in the city including Kyriad, Novotel, Best Western, Crowne Plaza, Courtyard by Marriott, Citadines and Holiday Inn.
If you’d like to visit the beaches close to Montpellier, consider staying in Palavas-les-Flots or Carnon-Plage, both of which are close to the airport.
There’s much to see and do in Montpellier. Begin your tour at any of these top attractions and let your mood dictate the rest of the day...
Top five attractions
Place de la Comédie
Fine architecture and statues abound in this historic centre of Montpellier.
Faculty of Medicine
These premises house the newly reopened Museum of Anatomy – the oldest and largest of its kind in France. It’s certainly not for the squeamish.
La Promenade Royale du Peyrou
A more romantic place would be hard to find for a sunset stroll. It's a classic French walkway and a favourite with locals.
All of Montpellier's history – from Roman to medieval – contained in a beautiful mansion. Open Monday to Saturday.
This museum houses a vast collection of French, Italian and Flemish paintings spanning 400 years.
There’s an eclectic mix of annual events in Montpellier, all guaranteed to add another dimension to your holiday album...
Le Fise; May: Extreme-sports enthusiasts take over the town for the annual Le Fise event as thousands of skateboarders, roller-bladers and BMX riders turn a section of land opposite the town hall into a playground dedicated to their energetic hobbies.
International Dance Festival; July: Traditional and modern dance perform shoulder to shoulder for two weeks of intense competition, display and performance. You won't fail to move to the beat of this lively event.
Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen; November: The Mediterranean Film Festival has been held every year in Montpellier since 1979 and never fails to attract large crowds and minor celebrities. Documentary and experimental films top the bill.