The Hérault department guarantees superb holidays with family or friends, it's rich in natural and cultural treasures.
Montpellier is a large and lively city in the south of France and perfect for a day trip or two whilst on holiday. You can visit Montpellier from our 4-star campsite near Montpellier, Lac des Rêves.
What's there to do in Montpellier?
La Place de la Comédie
La Place de la Comédie is the beating heart of Montpellier. It is full of cafes, restaurants and shops that will delight strollers and shoppers! You will also find the famous Fountain of the Three Graces here. Take the opportunity to stroll around Place Charles de Gaulle and Antigone.
Le Parc du Peyrou
Parc du Peyrou is one of the most popular places in Montpellier. After strolling around its Arc du Triomphe, join this park which includes fountains, an arch and a memorial to the Republic. It also gives a very nice view of the whole city. If you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy a beautiful day, this is the ideal place!
The Fabre Museum
Located in the very centre of the historic heart, the Fabre Museum is one of the largest French museums dedicated to the Fine Arts. It is located in the historic centre of Montpellier and offers works ranging from the Renaissance to the Contemporary periods. In addition to paintings, sculptures and engravings, the Museum offers temporary exhibitions.
Culture and Festivities
Sète zézettes, Pélardon cheese, macaronade, oreillettes, chichoumeille, Sète rouille, Mussels, Salt from Aigues-Mortes, pâté from Pézenas, marshmallow from Montpellier, Berlingots from Pézenas, fricandeau, focaccia with grattons…
Béziers, the Grande Motte, Palavas-les-Flots, the Peyrou park, the Place de la Comédie, Antigone, Sète, the Salagou lake, the Jardin des Plantes...
Montpellier is full of sporting activities to play or take part including, cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, climbing, rugby, paddle, boating, tree climbing, basketball, tennis, beach volleyball...
Kites at Grande Motte
Renowned for its large fine sandy beaches, La Grande Motte is a must in Montpellier. Head for the Grand Travers beach, appreciated by locals and holidaymakers for its wide open spaces and wild dunes. You can bask in the sun, picnic and enjoy the long hours of sunshine flying kites!
Le jardin des Plantes
The Jardin des Plantes in Montpellier is the oldest botanical garden in France. You can stroll through the shaded paths to admire the lotus pond, the greenhouse and its "succulent" plants and an impressive variety of rare and exotic trees, plants and flowers.
Horseriding in Saintes Maries de la Mer
Nothing is more pleasant during the holidays than enjoying the typical landscapes of the region by going for a horseback ride by the sea. Not far from Montpellier, this magical place is perfect for a day trip.
Promenade along the Lez
The Lez is a beautiful river that dissects the city from Saint-Clément-de-Rivière until it flows into the Mediterranean. For a refreshing walk, you can walk along the banks surrounded by greenery. To reward you, head to the Marché du Lez, a friendly place where many food trucks and restaurants offer cuisine for all tastes!
Le Château de Flaugergues
The Château de Flaugergues is a magnificent 17th century castle located to the northwest of the town. This imposing historic home is ideal for exploring. Take a guided tour to discover the gardens, the vineyard, the cellar and its wines.
A must in Montpellier is Lunaret Zoo, located on a hill exposed to the sun. This 80-hectare park offers the opportunity to discover more than 500 species of wild animals, including lions and rhinos. The park is free.
The Sète Pielle - Octopus and Tomato Pie
Focaccia with Fritons
For lovers of idleness and swimming, Palavas-les-Flots is the ideal place. This seaside resort is located a few kilometres from Montpellier and offers a fine sandy beach as well as calm waters for all those who want to enjoy the first rays of the sun. You can also rent a kayak, take a boat trip or even learn to scuba dive.
Located just 45 minutes by car from Montpellier, Sète is a port city famous for its many markets and its beaches. You can spend the day here strolling along the harbour, enjoying fresh seafood, or taking a boat to visit nearby islands. Don't forget to go to the marine observatory where you will have a magnificent view of the Mediterranean and the surrounding area!
Nîmes arena will enchant you. This amphitheatre, which dates from the 1st century AD, is one of the best preserved in all of France and is a must-see site to visit near Montpellier. From the bleachers, you can admire the sunset over this magnificent Roman structure.