A stop in Montpellier, a jewel of the Mediterranean
Known as "The Gifted One", Montpellier is a dynamic, elegant city full of surprises. Between its tramways designed by Christian Lacroix, real moving pictures, numerous students enjoy the animations or the unmissable monuments day and night. Montpellier has many treasures to make you discover! Get on your Segway and go in search of the most beautiful places to visit in Montpellier...
The Plant Garden, for the romantics
It is the oldest botanical garden in France! Come and recharge your batteries in the heart of this nature and the bustle of Montpellier, through these alleys designed in the 16th century. The Jardin des Plantes of Montpellier is home to unusual trees that are hundreds of years old: such as the silver apricot tree, or the phillyrea latifolia. Legend has it that centuries ago, the gnarled trunk of the latter was used as a hiding place for lovers who secretly exchanged letters. Paul Valéry himself liked to come and seek inspiration in this garden with its many varieties of roses... It is a truly timeless place, between tropical greenhouses and birdsong.
The royal place of Peyrou
A visit to the royal place of Peyrou, an emblematic place of Montpellier, is a must. Very popular with strollers, this place is decorated with a beautiful French garden. Head to the end of the square, on the side of the Peyrou promenade, to admire a magnificent panorama of the whole city of Montpellier. You will also see the rows of arches of an 18th century aqueduct, the Arc de Triomphe which has nothing to envy to the one of the capital, or the equestrian statue of Louis XIV, majestically overhanging the square. Every Sunday morning, the Place Royale du Peyrou hosts a flea market where good humour and conviviality reign!
The Place de la Comédie
If you feel like discovering lively places of the city, don't look any further than visiting Montpellier! Lined with restaurants, bars and stores, the Place de la Comédie awaits you with open arms. Come and have a drink on the terrace with a view of the magnificent buildings overlooking this famous square. Its oval shape has earned it the nickname "The Egg" and it is one of the most famous places in Montpellier. Its Italian-style theater dating from the 19th century, the Opera Comédie, is definitely worth a visit! If you come to discover the attractions of the Place de la Comédie in the evening, you will have the pleasure of seeing the buildings illuminated.
Notice to shopping lovers! If you are wondering what to visit in Montpellier, you will not be disappointed. The big shopping center of the Polygone is located near the Antigone district, between the new town and the historical district. It is one of the largest shopping malls in France and has about 100 stores of all styles. From ready-to-wear to luxury brands, perfumeries, jewelry stores or decoration, there is plenty to choose from. Once you have finished your shopping session in this enchanting place, go back through the streets of the Écusson to discover designer boutiques, each one more original than the other.
The Saint-Pierre cathedral
Located in the historical center of Montpellier, the Saint-Pierre cathedral is a delight for tourists and locals alike. Built in the 14th century, the church was erected as a cathedral in the middle of the 16th century. It is the only church dated from the Middle Ages that was not destroyed during the wars of religion. Particularly impressive with its enormous pillars, its porch with baldachin and its three high towers, the Saint-Pierre cathedral is a most spectacular Gothic monument. It is adorned with beautiful stained-glass windows, which filter the sun's rays in an enchantment of colours. Let yourself be seduced by a guided tour in the heart of this exceptional place, full of history and mystery... You won't regret it!
A conservatory of anatomy as unusual as fascinating
Feel like a spine tingling experience and explore creepy places? Then you have to visit the Anatomy Conservatory! This is one of the most popular places to visit in Montpellier for collectors of unusual things. On the program, more than 13 000 pieces exposed to the curious: deformed lungs, livers, hearts, skulls, organs... Thousands of authentic specimens preserved in jars, in the name of medical science. Even the galleries of this small museum of horrors are impressive, with their large marble colonnades and portraits of famous doctors. You'll be stepping back in time, right into the heart of the medical classes of the last centuries. Some items in the collection even date back to the 13th century!
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Going to Montpellier from Noumea
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Average flight time :
The shortest flight time for a trip from Noumea to Montpellier is 28 hours. This travel time may vary depending on your itinerary. Flights beyond the Aircalin network are operated by our partner airlines.
Time difference :
It is 9 hours later in Noumea, New Caledonia than in Montpellier, France.
When to go to Montpellier
When is the best time to visit Montpellier?
Montpellier has an oceanic climate and can therefore be visited at any time of the year. Depending on what you want to do in Montpellier, the best times to visit are :
Summer period : Enjoy Montpellier under the sun! Discover the different squares and terraces and escape to the nearby beaches.
Winter period : From October to March, take advantage of the slightly cooler temperatures (between 0°C and 15°C) to visit the city's cultural institutions. Museums, exhibitions, theatres... you are bound to find something to entertain you.