The historic city centre has been pedestrianised and the Place de la Comédie should not be missed, with its many street cafes, it’s the perfect place to take in the sunshine and watch the world go by.
Radiating out from the Place are the car-free lanes, passages, squares and mansions dating from the 17th and 18th century. The streets never seem crowded and the city has the feel of an overgrown village.
The Rue de la Loge is the place to head for shopping and, if you can tear yourself away from the shop windows, it also lined by beautiful houses. Nearby is the Polygone shopping centre that contains all the big French stores from Galeries Lafayette to 1-2-3.
Montpellier is also proud of its modern architecture, particularly the Antigone. With its Place du Nombre d'Or, composed of smooth curves and setback features, was designed just over twenty years ago as a modern forum in the neo-classical style.
The city is renowned for its long established Medical University and has many museums. The tourist office organises a guided tour of the town centre on foot, lasting two hours, that often includes some of the mansions normally closed to the public.