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Montpellier


Montpellier is a city in southern France on the Mediterranean coast. The city is capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon région, and as of the 1999 census Montpellier had an estimated population of 225,300.


Key Facts about Montpellier


Theatre in Place de la Comédie in Montpellier:
Theatre in Place de la Comédie in Montpellier
Here are some facts about Montpellier:
  1. Montpellier is a city in southern France on the Mediterranean coast.

  2. Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon région.

  3. As of the 1999 census Montpellier had an estimated population of 225,300.

  4. Montpellier is built on two hills (Montpellier and Montpelliéret), so as a result many streets contain great variations in elevation.

  5. Montpellier is home to one of the oldest universities in the world. The University of Montpellier was founded in 1160, was granted a charter in 1220 by Cardinal Conrad von Urach, which was subsequently confirmed in 1289 by Pope Nicholas IV in a papal bull. The University was suppressed during the French Revolution, but was then re-established in 1896.

  6. Montpellier is also home to the oldest botanical garden in France. The Jardin des plantes de Montpellier was founded in 1593.

  7. Montpellier grew greatly in the 1960s, after it became one of the main destinations for French settlers from Algeria, who were resettled there after that country gained independence from France in 1962.

  8. Montpellier been the fastest growing city in France for the last 25 years.



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Montpellier has a Mediterranean climate with mild dry Winters, and warm wet Summers.

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Lonely Planet Montpellier, Toulouse & the Pyrenees (Travel Guide Chapter)

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet
Released: 2016-03-01
Kindle Edition (473 pages)

Lonely Planet Montpellier, Toulouse & the Pyrenees (Travel Guide Chapter)
 
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Lonely Planet Montpellier, Toulouse, & the Pyrenees is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you in this region. Soak up elegant buildings and stylish boulevards in Montpellier, pop a cork and savor the go-slow, lush-green loveliness of the Canal du Midi or float through the underworld on the subterranean river of Labouiche, all with your trusted travel companion. Begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Montpellier, Toulouse, & the Pyrenees:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, people, arts, food, architecture
  • Useful features - includes Need to Know, First Time, Eat and Drink like a Local, Travel with Children, Outdoor Activities

eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones)

  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges
  • Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews
  • Add notes to personalize your guidebook experience
  • Seamlessly flip between pages
  • Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash
  • Embedded links to recommendations' websites
  • Zoom-in maps and images
  • Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Montpellier, Toulouse, & the Pyrenees is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled in this particular region of France.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet France for a comprehensive look at all that the country has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Montpellier and Beyond Travel Guide

By Donna Dailey

Beyond London Travel
Released: 2014-01-05
Kindle Edition (36 pages)

Montpellier and Beyond Travel Guide
 
Product Description:
NEW 2015 EDITION
All information in this guide updated by the authors, January 2015

The Montpellier and Beyond Travel Guide is a pocket guide to the best of Montpellier, written by two award-winning travel experts. It is published by the team behind the successful Beyond London Travel website, in the same series as their guides to Toulouse and Beyond, Marseille and Beyond, Lyon and Beyond, Amsterdam and Beyond, Corfu and Beyon, and Bordeaux and Beyond.

Montpellier and Beyond is an inexpensive mini-guide to one of the most beautiful cities in France. The book describes the best sights to see in Montpellier itself, as well as several of the easiest and most appealing excursions from the city. The guide also has sections on the best shopping, Montpellier’s sporting activities including golf, and recommends a range of personally-selected hotels and restaurants to suit all budgets.

2014
The brand new and updated 2014 version is now available. This includes colour photos and maps showing the main sights, hotels and restaurants. Interactive versions of the maps are available online if you have an internet connection.

THE AUTHORS
Mike Gerrard and Donna Dailey have won several awards for their travel writing, including a Benjamin Franklin Award for a guidebook to Paris. Among their other guidebooks are the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, the Top 10 Paris guide for Dorling Kindersley, the CityPack Guide to Nice and the Cote d’Azur, Paris by Metro, and the Bloom’s Literary Guides to both Paris and London. They have written guidebooks for almost every major travel guide publisher, including National Geographic, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, AA, AAA, Fodor's, New Holland, Berlitz, Insight, and many more.

Marseille & Montpellier Travel Guide - Attractions, Eating, Drinking, Shopping & Places To Stay

By Brendan Kavanagh

Kavanagh Brendan
Paperback (78 pages)

Marseille & Montpellier Travel Guide - Attractions, Eating, Drinking, Shopping & Places To Stay
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  • Marseille Montpellier Travel Guide Attractions Eating Drinking Shopping Places to Stay
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Marseille is a major city in southern France and is the largest port city in the Mediterranean and the French Riviera. The city is a popular port of call for cruise ships and has many differences from Paris. You may even think you are in another country with its cliffs, fjords (clanques), sea views, beaches and harbours. The nearby ancient city of Montpellier is scenically built on two hills with the highest point at Place de Peyrou. This once sleepy and quiet French city is today a vibrant and scenic city influenced by Algerian immigrants and their colourful Arab market culture.

Michelin Carcassonne/Montpellier/Nimes, France Map No. 83 (Michelin Maps & Atlases)

By Michelin Travel Publications

Michelin Travel Publications
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Michelin Carcassonne/Montpellier/Nimes, France Map No. 83 (Michelin Maps & Atlases)
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An annually updated, detailed map of Carcassonne, Montpellier, and Nimes, showing primary and secondary road networks across the region, local services and many tourist attractions. Scale: 1/200,000 - 1cm=2km Legend/Key in French

City Maps Montpellier France

By James McFee

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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City Maps Montpellier France
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City Maps Montpellier France is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Montpellier adventure :)

Carcassone Montpellier Nimes (Michelin Maps No. 83) Revised Edition by Michelin Travel Publications published by Michelin Maps (1997)

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Carcassone Montpellier Nimes (Michelin Maps No. 83) Revised Edition by Michelin Travel Publications published by Michelin Maps (1997)
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Michelin Map No. 113 Montpellier Montelimar Avignon Marseille (France), Scale 1:60,000 (French Edition)

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Recognized for more than a century for clarity, accuracy and detail even the military has relied Michelin maps Michelin offers over 200 selections for cities, regions and countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In-house cartographers, or mapmakers produce each map and atlas and leave no stone unturned. Everything from major roads to the tiniest routes is depicted on Michelin maps to allow travelers to go off the beaten path with confidence. What makes Michelin maps and atlases stand out? Michelin maps are frequently updated and specifically designed with travelers in mind. Michelin's cartography, user-friendly format and cross-referencing abilities with its renowned guidebook collections are paramount. The clear, clean and uncluttered style of Michelin maps is compounded with extreme attention to detail covering scenic roads, footpaths, panoramic views, emergency telephones, road widths and more. It's this kind of detail that can, for example, help North American tourists avoid surprises while traveling down narrow roads that are often hundreds of years old. Buildings, monuments, park trails and government offices are highlighted, too. When it comes to ease of use, Michelin has really done its homework. Michelin maps and the patented Michelin fold make it a snap to refold, even with one hand on the wheel. All Michelin atlases are available in spiral format, too. That's the number one binding preference according to independent consumer research. Michelin's unique cross-referencing system also makes mapping out travelers trips a cinch. Maps and guides throughout the Michelin collection work together with universal symbols directing to more information.

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