Montpellier really is special. Broad boulevards lined with shady plane trees, a huge car-free central square laid out in the 1700s surrounded by elegant balustraded buildings, is a short description of Montpellier. Montpellier is a city in the south of France. It is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, as well as the Hérault department. The population of the commune of Montpellier at the 2006 census was 251,392, whereas the whole metropolitan area had a population of 600,000 in 2006. In 2008, the estimated population of the metropolitan area was 533,000.
|Area||:||56.88 km2 (21.96 sq mi)|
|Geographic Coordination||:||43°36′43″N 3°52′38″E|
Climate and Geography
√ Bikes : - Bikes can be hired to travel around the city and visit different places.
√ Bus : - Montpellier has a comprehensive public bus system.
√ Cars : - Cars can also be availed to travel around the city and there are a lot of parking lots as well for the convenience.
√ Tram : - The trams tend to be very pleasant way of travelling across the city; they are clean, comfortable, and offer a better view of the city as a whole.
→ Air : - Montpellier's airport is only 8km southeast of the town. Air France flies at least four times daily to Paris (Orly and Roissy). Ryanair operates daily to and from London (Stanstead).
→ Train : - Major destinations from Montpellier's train station are Paris' Gare de Lyon by TGV, Carcassonne, Millau and Perpignan. More than 20 trains daily go to Nîmes and Narbonne.
→ Bus : - The bus station is an easy walk from the train station. Hérault Transport runs hourly buses to La Grande Motte. Eurolines has buses to Barcelona and most European desinations. Linebus has services mainly to Spain.
Shopping and Entertainment
Shopping in Montpellier is divided into three main areas :
◊ The boutiques dotted throughout the back streets of the city.
◊ The Polygone shopping centre just off the Place de la Comedie.
◊ The hypermarkets of all shapes and sizes on the outskirts.
- → Museums & Galleries
- → Cinemas and theaters
- → Bars and Clubs