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About the City

Seduced by Montpellier’s designer style and contemporary architectural works, the New York Times named the city as one of the top 45 places to go in 2012 in January.


History

Walking through Montpellier's historical center is like travelling through 1,000 years in time, from 985 to the seeds of the city's future.

The city of Montpellier has kept the reminders of its past intact and proudly protects the symbols of every era.


Monuments

  • Medical College:

In 1181 Lord Guilhem VIII signed a surprising and far-reaching edict. He declared that anyone, regardless of religion or background, could teach medicine in Montpellier... And thus was born, at the end of the 12th century, what is today's oldest operating medical school in the occidental world.


  • The botanical Garden

The Montpellier Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in Europe. It was created by order of Henri IV in 1593 for Pierre Richer de Belleval (1564-1632). At the time it served as a model for designing all the botanical gardens in France, including the one in Paris 40 years later.


  • Peyrou, the royal square

The Peyrou esplanade with its panoramic view, towering statue of Louis XIV, Arc de Triomphe, water tower, and the ancient arches of a Roman aqueduct, Les Arceaux. The Peyrou -the royal square- boasts a belvedere that gives a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding area, which Jean Giral, the architect, completed in 1774, the date of Louis XVI's accession to the throne.


  • The place de la Comédie

Montpellier's central square is one of the largest pedestrian areas in Europe. Standing proud in the middle is the statue of the Three Graces, Montpellier's emblematic goddesses. All around you'll see street artists, people on the move, and others taking a leisurely break at one of the many outside cafés. The historic city centre, known as the Ecusson, is an enticing downtown area for those who enjoy shopping. From Rue de la Loge, along Grand Rue Jean Moulin, and through the medieval narrow streets in the Ancien Courrier quarter you will experience a rich blend of international high street names and boutiques with the charm of yesteryear.


Geography

  • Less than three hours from Barcelona and Italy, and just 11kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea in the heart of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the South of France, Montpellier is the ideal holiday destination, a historic, effervescent city with attractions that rank among the most prestigious world heritage sites.

Local Weather

Local Transportation

Tramway

  • As part of the Montpellier Agglomération transport network, managed by TaM, Montpellier's tramway system is the ideal means of public transportation for getting around Montpellier, visiting many local tourist sites, and generally getting to know the area from a new perspective.


  • The blue tramway line 1, painted with white swallows, connects the northern part of the city with the Odysseum terminus on the southeast side. Line 2, colorfully decorated in flower-power, goes from east to west. Montpellier’s two new tramway lines since April 6 2012offering very contemporary designs by Christian Lacroix. Line 3 in warm and dreamy summer colors. Line 4, on the other hand, will be bright. The fourth line will circulate around the center of Montpellier.



Vélomag

  • Vélomagg, a green idea for bicycle rentals at an unbeatable price.
  • To take full advantage of our beautiful weather and gentle environment, stop by one of the city's numerous bike stations and pick up a bike to ride around. You'll feel truly free meandering through town and along 150 km of bicycle paths.
  • It's also a great way to discover neighboring villages, and with just a little more pedaling, why not enjoy a special moment and go all the way to the beach?



Bus

  • Montpellier and the Hérault department benefit from a complete bus network that gives you direct and regular access to numerous tourist sites and other cities around the area.
  • TaM (Montpellier Agglomération Transport company) manages a network of 29 bus lines
  • Whether you're out for pop, rock, rap or techno, the AMIGO bus will get you to and from the disco with no worries. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from midnight to 5:00 am, AMIGO takes a route that gives people-of-the-night a great way to get around safely.

Station

  • The Montpellier Saint-Roch train station is located right in the center of town, just 200 meters from the Place de la Comédie. You can get to all Montpellier districts by taking the two local tramway lines, as well as by bus or taxi.

Airport

  • The Montpellier Méditerranée International Airport is located just 8 km from the city center. The drive takes around ten minutes.

Social Life

The places to be at night


Culture


Opera

  • The Comedie Opera House

In the middle of the 18th century, when the curtain of the past was raised, Montpellier was a 
charming city and above all, an intellectual city, but it didn't have a theatre. And yet there was a real thirst for shows and productions! The Duke of Richelieu, governor of the city, entrusted Jacques-Philippe 
Maréchal with this project. The theatre was inaugurated on 1st October 1888: an auditorium replete with gold and light, featuring 1,600 seats covered in red velvet. Today, the Montpellier Opera House is a centre for opera in France.


  • The Berlioz Opera House

In 1990, Montpellier inaugurated the Berlioz Opera House in the Corum, which was designed by the architect Claude Vasconi. The theatre features 
2,010 seats and an enormous open stage 20 metres deep. The Opera House is built on anti-vibration springs and its ceiling is made of removable wood - it can host an orchestra of 80. The tour will take you behind the scenes of the Opera.



Gastronomy


Sport

The Hospitals

Arnaud de Villeneuve

  • surgical units
  • medical units
    • anesthesia



Lapeyronie


La Colombière


Guy de Chauliac


Saint Eloi

Accommodation and Boarding

Social Program

Medical School Associations

ACM

Medical Tradition