Montpellier, France

Montpellier, France

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You won't be able to peel yourself away from Montpellier

Tucked in the south of France, less than 10 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea, charming Montpellier is a rare example of a historic European city that never saw influence from the Romans. The eighth-largest city in France, it has a population over 275,000 people, nearly a third of whom are students, making for a lively atmosphere and plenty of nightlife options. A Montpellier vacation rental will put you in a maze of winding medieval streets that climb the two steep hills that make up the city. From picturesque architecture, to museums, to shopping, there's something for everyone in your group.

Meander the medieval maze of Montpellier

The best way to experience the magic of Montpellier is to get out and explore on foot. Whether with an organized walking tour our on your own, there's plenty of sightseeing to be done. Be sure to visit the many shops on the way. There are a few major concert venues where you can catch live music, as well as annual music and film festivals that draw lots of visitors. Just outside the city, you'll find vineyards and spas for a day of pampering. And, of course, the golden sands of the Mediterranean are just a short drive away.

The buildings may be old, but the gardens are older

Montpellier is a sightseer's dream. The centerpiece of it all is the Place de la Comedie. In the maze of streets surrounding the main square, there are historic buildings at every turn, like the 14th-century Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier, the 18th-century Saint Clement Aqueduct, and the 17th-century Porte du Peyrou arch on the Place Royal du Peyrou promenade. There's also one tower of medieval walls left. Other must-sees are the paintings at the Musee Fabre, Montpellier Zoological Park, and Aquarium Mare Nostrum, as well as the Jardin des plantes de Montpellier, France's oldest botanical garden in France, created in 1593.

Leave the snow in the mountains and enjoy the sunshine

There's a season for everything in Montpellier, with winters that are generally cool and damp, and summers that are hot and dry. Rain is possible all year (so maybe pack an umbrella), but it's by far the heaviest in fall and winter. The coldest winter months of December to February see temps dipping into the 30s at their lowest, though there's little snow. Montpellier vacation rentals are in highest demand from May to September, when highs are at least in the 70s, peaking in the mid-80s in the hottest summer months of July and August.

The hills may be steep, but they make for great views

Radiating west from the banks of the River Lez, the main sights of Montpellier are spread across the two steep hills that make up the city; Montpellier and Montpellieret. You'll want some good walking shoes to really enjoy the sightseeing. There are plenty of plants and gardens to enjoy, particularly a the country's oldest botanic garden. In less than half an hour, you can be on the warm golden sands of the beaches that line the Mediterranean Sea. Along the way you'll pass some scenic rolling hills and vineyards, so bring your camera.