Situated in the south of France in the beautiful Languedoc-Roussillon region, Montpellier is a gorgeous town with plenty to do. The town is full of history, and visitors can explore attractions like the fascinating artworks of the Musee Fabre, the wonderful Cathedral of St Pierre and the elegant Porte du Peyrou, with its lovely gardens and views over the city. More modern attractions abound as well, with the city zoo (which is free of charge), and a fantastic aquarium. For more active holidaymakers, Montpellier has the many sporting attractions of the Domaine de Grammont, where visitors can enjoy horse riding, tennis and kart racing, while the excellent Grande Motte golf course is nearby. Hiking into the countryside of Languedoc-Roussillon also provides a real treat, with the peak of the Pic St-Loup providing extraordinary views of the region.
Being in a tourist region like Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier has a hotel or apartment for anyone's needs. For families, the Pullman Montpellier Antigone is a particularly good option, with its large pool area, friendly staff and spectacular rooftop terrace restaurant. Another fine hotel, with a slightly more central location is Le Mistral, located 5 minutes walk from the city centre and with spacious rooms, making it ideal for anyone looking to enjoy the culinary and cultural attractions of the town. For a slightly different experience, the suburban Propriete Toutoune offers cottages to rent that provide some more seclusion. But for those seeking total privacy, a rental apartment might be a good idea. An apartment in the centre of town can be rented very reasonably, with underground parking and internet access, making it a great idea for business travellers or families wanting to escape hotel crowds.
Montpellier is a relaxed and charming city. Head over in summer for the full range of attractions, and use your hotel or apartment as a base to explore Languedoc-Roussillon. The coast is a short drive away, as is the marvellous Camargue region of wetlands and secluded beaches, where you can rent a bike and explore the beautiful scenery. But whenever or however you travel, Montpelier has much to offer.