Destinations / Dejection agreeable / Montpellier
Enjoy a lovely break to Montpellier in France! Montpellier is a delightful city, often forgotten in favour of more feisty rivals like Marseilles or Nice. However, overlook Montepllier at your peril. Capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, Montpellier is a special place, brimming with history, culture, graceful architecture and elegant boulevards. Located in southern France, Montpellier is the 8th largest city in the country, but it punches above its weight in terms of what it offers to eager visitors.
A huge student population (thanks to its many Universities) gives Montpellier a constant buzz so cafe culture, legendary nightlife, fashion boutiques, trendy wine bars and great restaurants in every price bracket cram the streets. From broad avenues with attractive open-air cafe terraces to narrow meandering alleyways and backstreets in the famous L'Ecusson, for a city break, Montpellier really has it all.
Sightseeing in Montpellier usually begins at Place de la Comedie and walking the city brings rich rewards like Rue de la Loge (shopping heaven); Antigone District (ultra modern and chic region of restaurants and shops); Musee Fabre (housing one of the best art collections in France) and the grand Hotels Particuliers (private mansions). The Cathedrale de St Pierre is a beautiful building too, dating from the 14th century.
Teeming with atmosphere, and short drive to the coast, a short break in Montpellier is a fantastic opportunity to embrace la vie Francais.
Aer Lingus operates direct flights from Dublin to Montpellier during the summer and ClickandGo offers a selection of accommodation in the city.