Montpellier is the capital of Hérault County: a historic city, a university city, simply a beautiful city with the Florentine peacefulness of the old Renaissance mansions, the warm colours of the roofs in the old town and the classical gardens of Peyrou. The city was also among the first in Europe to have a university. Nearby Béziers is the town of Paul Riquet, the brilliant builder of the famous Canal du Midi. A gift to the South of France, linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean in the 17th century, and which has received World Heritage classification by UNESCO.
Hérault is a privileged county situated between the Camargue and the Cathar-Country, at the crossroads of Provence and Languedoc. Facing south, the Hérault amphitheatre displays a wide range of beautiful landscapes of an exceptional diversity. Mostly unspoilt, the Mediterranean coast of Hérault County offers more than 60 miles of beaches, often backed by scintillating lagoons, large protected areas with a unique wildlife and where the pink flamingos live. Here, one can go for long walks, discovering unspoilt nature.
The County is also home to the oldest vineyard in France, abbeys, castles and wine cellars just waiting for the visitor to come and taste the many fine Hérault wines, known all over the world. Here, roman art has spread out to even the smallest village, and there are many pine buildings and places dating to the 18th century, of which the town of Pézenas is an excellent example.
That’s Hérault County in Languedoc: a welcoming and friendly place for the traveller to explore, and where the pleasure of receiving and sharing makes your stay nice and unforgettable.
Things to do in Montpellier
The Botanical Garden in Montpellier was created in 1593 by Pierre Richer de Belleval and is France’s first Botanical Garden. It contains a great variety of plants including both exotic and indigenous species. There is a bamboo garden, tropical grenhouses and an orangery.
Atger Museum houses a collection of drawings from the Flemish, Italian, Dutch, German and French schools of painting that was bequethed to the Faculty of Medicine in the 19th century by Xavier Atger.
The Fabre Museum is home to works of art by a whole host of Flemish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French painters. There are many works from painters of the main Western European schools of painting from the 16th and 18th centuries. Ceramics, scuptures and contemporary paintings are also on display.
Languedoc Museum is housed in a former private manison and contains many collections ranging from the prehistoric to Greek, Egyptian and Medieval.
Flaugergues Castle was constructed in the17th century. It contains furniture and works of art from the 17thand 18th centuries and has gorgeous formal French gardens. The castle is located in the middle of the Côteaux de la Méjanelle vineyard and has a cellar that offers wine-testing sessions.