Montpellier tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The Odysseum district of Montpellier is the vibrant modern new centre in the town, with the aquarium and the planetarium

Montpellier is situated in the Herault department and Occitanie region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Montpellier. For detailed visitor information see the Montpellier travel guide.

Attractions in Montpellier

In the Antigone district of Montpellier you can see several exeptional examples of neo-classical architecture: Montpellier-Antigone District

The Odysseum district of Montpellier is the vibrant modern new centre in the town, with the aquarium and the planetarium: Montpellier-Odysseum District

Tourist classifications for Montpellier include "secteur sauvegarde" and "zoo or wildlife park".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Montpellier in Occitanie.

Popular places to visit nearby include Montpellier-Odysseum District at 4 km and Palavas-les-Flots at 10 km.

Montpellier, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Montpellier-Antigone District

Montpellier-Antigone District

at 1 km (direction east-south-east)

In the Antigone district of Montpellier you can see several exeptional examples...

See Montpellier-Antigone District guide
Montpellier-Odysseum District

Montpellier-Odysseum District

at 4 km (direction east)

The Odysseum district of Montpellier is the vibrant modern new centre in...

See Montpellier-Odysseum District guide


Seaside resort at 10 km (direction south-south-east)

At Palavas-les-Flots you will find a long beach and a resort that...

See Palavas-les-Flots guide


Cathedral at 11 km (direction south)

The Cathedral at Maguelone stands on a small volcanic island on the...

See Maguelone guide
Les Matelles

Les Matelles

at 14 km (direction north-north-west)

The small medieval village of Les Matelles makes a pleasant break from...

See Les Matelles guide
La Grande-Motte

La Grande-Motte

Seaside resort at 18 km (direction east-south-east)

The 1960's architecture gives La Grande-Motte its unique character, and the long...

See La Grande-Motte guide
Le Grau-du-Roi

Le Grau-du-Roi

Seaside resort at 22 km (direction east-south-east), in the Gard department

Le Grau-de-Roi is one of the most eastern, and one of the...

See Le Grau-du-Roi guide


at 23 km (direction south-west)

Balaruc-le-Vieux is a small village on the Etang-de-Thau and near Balaruc-le-Bains, a...

See Balaruc-le-Vieux guide


at 23 km (direction north-west)

There are various historic buildings of interest in Saint-Martinde-Londres village including a...

See Saint-Martin-de-Londres guide


at 25 km (direction south-west)

No visit to Bouzigues, on the Etang de Thau, would be complete...

See Bouzigues guide


at 26 km (direction east), in the Gard department

The remarkable town of Aigues-Mortes is a fortified town that retains its...

See Aigues-Mortes guide


at 26 km (direction north-east), in the Gard department

Adults will enjoy seeing the many historic monuments in Sommieres, although children...

See Sommieres guide


at 27 km (direction south-west)

Sete is a very active harbour town on the Etang de Thu...

See Sete guide


at 28 km (direction west-south-west)

Take a stroll around the town of Loupian, then visit the 1st...

See Loupian guide

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Markets in and near Montpellier

  • Castelnau-le-Lez: market Thursday & Saturday & Friday (3km)
  • Lattes: market Wednesday & Sunday (5km)
  • Palavas-les-Flots: market Sunday - seasonal market only (10km)
  • Palavas-les-Flots: market Wednesday & Monday & Friday (10km)
  • Mauguio: market Tuesday all day & Thursday all day & Sunday all day (10km)
  • Saint-Gely-du-Fesc: market Thursday & Saturday (11km)
  • La Grande-Motte: market Thursday - seasonal market only (18km)
  • La Grande-Motte: market Sunday (18km)
  • Gigean: market Tuesday (18km)
  • Lunel: market Thursday & Sunday (22km)

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Tourist attractions near Montpellier, France

What to do at Montpellier? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Montpellier.


  • Mare Nostrum (3km)

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Cathédrale Saint-Théodorit et Fenestrelle Tower (Uzes) (62km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc et jardins du château de Flaugergues (3km)
  • Jardins de la Fontaine (46km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Étangs palavasiens (12km)
  • Pointe de l'Espiguette (23km)
  • Grotte de la Clamouse (28km)
  • Etang de Thau (31km)
  • Grotte des Demoiselles (35km)
  • Etang de Scamandre (39km)
  • Céressou (40km)
  • Cirque de Mourèze (42km)
  • Cirque du Moureze (42km)
  • Etangs du Bagnas (44km)
  • Cirque de Vissec (46km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Le Caylar (53km)

Geography and distances

Montpellier is in the south of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Herault department (general information: Montpellier is 595 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Montpellier

Canton: Montpellier

Arrondissement: Montpellier

Department: Herault

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon

New region: Occitanie

Postcode: 34000

Distance to Montpellier

from Montpellier (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 595 km

from Calais: 830 km

from Nice: 273 km

from Bordeaux: 380 km

from Strasbourg: 628 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Montpellier from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Castelnau-le-Lez, Clapiers, Jacou, Juvignac, Lattes, Laverune, Le Cres and Saint-Jean-de-Vedas.

This page in French: Visiter Montpellier