"Montpellier and surroundings" Top 5 Page for this destination Montpellier by JLBG

Montpellier Travel Guide: 206 reviews and 624 photos

Montpellier is not among the oldest cities of Languedoc as before year 1000, there was nothing but it soon took a great importance. It was a stage on the way to several pilgrimages and the harbor of Lattes was important for Mediterranean trade. The first University in France was created in Montpellier on the model of the arabo-andalous medersa and became soon famous worldwide (= at that time, that meant Europe wide !). In the XVIth century, 65% of the students were coming from other European countries and not French. It is now the oldest university in the world still working since its creation.
Montpellier has much to offer to the tourist, with a superbly preserved old core, while at the same time it is a very modern town.
However, I will not build now a page on Montpellier as I have too few pictures. Later, certainely ! In this page, I will present half a dozen of destinations that can be reached on day trips (easy if driving, more difficult by public transportation) from Montpellier, with links to the specific pages.

Anduze
Anduze is sometimes called ''door to the Cévennes''.
One visit not to miss is the Bambouseraie de Prafrance.

Saint-Guilhem-Le-Désert
Saint-Guilhem, has been for centuries a main stage for pilgrims on Saint-Jacques de Compostelle's road.

Clamouse
After Gellone, the abbey in the sun, you must visit the Clamouse cave, the cathedral in the night. Clamouse cave is a must.

La Cavalerie
In La Cavalerie, the Hospitalier village still exists with its fortified enceinte of the XVth century.

La Couvertoirade
Due to its outstanding state of preservation, La Couvertoirade represents a real ''miniatures'' mediaeval village and the visitor will always be surprised, whatever his expectations, by these architectural and urban treasures found within.

Parc National des Cévennes
The Cévennes were and still are the stronghold of the ''Camisards'', local Calvinist Protestants who refused to abjure their faith after the revocation of the ''Edit de Nantes'' by the king of France. Landmarks recall that history.

Millau
Millau has given its name to the famous ''Viaduc de Millau'' (Millau's viaduct) finished in May 28th 2004. In the old city, the weekly city market plays a main part in the city life.

Montpellier le Vieux
25 km away from Millau, Montpellier-le-Vieux is a ''mega lapiaz'', dolomitic rocks carved by water and wind to make the figure of a ruined city.

Nant
Nant is a nice and quiet little town, not far from the ''chaos'' of Montpellier le Vieux, of Roquefort, of Millau, la Cavalerie, etc... It is a good stop for an evening and night.

Roquefort
Only cheese that has been matured in a well defined area, about 1500m long and 400m wide can bear the name of Roquefort. You can visit the caves and see the cheese maturing.

  • Last visit to Montpellier: Apr 2003
  • Intro Updated Aug 30, 2005
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    some very nice pointers on some places to go. will be in the region this year, am looking forward to it

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Interesting tips about places that are good for day trips from Montpellier. I went through Montpellier on a bicycle trip (from Barcelona to Frankfurt) in 1963, but I did not see any of these interesting places like the Clamouse cave.

  • elp's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2010 at 6:20 AM

    Great page. A lot of information to start a more deep visit for someone who dont know this part of France.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    How nice to find an oasis of peace away from tourists & chaos!

  • angel-eyes's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2008 at 6:12 AM

    I like this page

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:51 AM

    The Clamouse Cave is something I would like to see. The colours look beautiful.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2005 at 2:03 PM

    Montpellier is a place from my French book. A most interesting page, all those ancient buildings and natural wonders.

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2005 at 7:19 AM

    Very interesting page. Montpellier, Vermont, is one of my favorite towns in the USA. It's great to see the original.

  • tpal's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2005 at 8:41 AM

    Jean-Louis, your photo of Millau is marvelous. We are still debating the details of our plans for the south of France next year... Languedoc seems to be a strong contender. Thanks for the tips...Tom

  • viny32's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2005 at 2:08 AM

    De tres bonne references sur ton site! Bravo! Vincent

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