If you book flights to Montpellier in the springtime (March to May), you’re in for absolutely glorious weather. It’s warm enough to take a swim in the Mediterranean, but cool enough not to feel scorched in the afternoon sun. Relax while you bask in the sunlight on the beaches, and enjoy the colourful floral displays that pop up all over the city. Beautiful weather is known to last here from May all the way to October. Summer temperatures roar up in the 20s, and the autumn simmers down to the 15s. Winter, which lasts from late November till February, although cool, is still a perfectly pleasant time to book flights to Montpellier.
Getting around Montpellier
When your flight to Montpellier arrives, you won’t have trouble finding your way to the city centre. A high-speed, high-tech tram stops at all the major highlights. It operates on a regular schedule and runs until late. There are also buses that run every day. The easiest option is buying a one day pass, which offers unlimited rides for both the bus and tram. You can buy tickets at tram stations or from news agents. If you get stuck out late, you can hail a taxi from the street at all hours. Or pedal yourself around the city by renting a bike for a full or half day.
Visitors fly to Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (MPL).
Montpellier insider information
Seaside: If you’re booking flights to Montpellier in the summer time, and are aching for a little rest and relaxation on the beach, then you’ve come to the right city. Palavas-les-Flots, an area just south of the city, is known for its extravagant shoreline amenities, and beautiful, breath-taking scenery. It’s easy to get to – just take the bus from Port Marianne northbound toward Carnon, and you’ll see the stunning seaside, dotted with umbrellas in the sand, boats in the distance, and if you’re lucky, exotic pink flamingos wading in the shallow lagoons nearby.
Place Royale du Peyrou: Perfect for a soothing walk, an invigorating jog, or a peaceful picnic with your travel companions, the Place Royale du Peyrou is a gorgeous tree-lined stretch that goes on for what seems like forever. If you look to your east, you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe, and to the west is the Chateau d’Eau. Surrounded by such compelling views, you may never want to board your flight home. Keep strolling, and you’ll bump into the 18th century Aquduc de St-Clement, where markets are busy selling organic food and second-hand books on Saturday afternoons.
Musee Fabre: It’s no surprise that most people visiting Montpellier are in search of experiencing some kind of beauty and elegance in its roots – either by nature or by artwork. Musee Fabre is a magnificent gallery in the Hotel de Massilian, the origins of which date all the way back to 1803, when the first few items were sent to Napoleon. The most important pieces though, where given by Francois Fabre, a painter who later, in 1825 fostered the collection himself, and added inspiring Renaissance pieces like Poussin’s Venus and Adonis, and plenty of other portraits, still-lifes and movements.
Cathedrale St-Pierre: One of the most wonderful parts of the Cathedrale St-Pierre has nothing to do with its grand structure, elegant beauty, or dazzling architecture (which are actually very impressive). This religious masterpiece’s most interesting attribute rests in its quirky history. Built in 1364, it had suffered through a number of wars and revolutions, and left incredibly damaged. During its state of repair, residents decided to rebuild it for a surprising new use – a medical school. For a brief time, the lavish canopied porches and two majestic turrets existed not for the sacred sacraments that it once housed, but now sheltered young, intelligent students who studied, toiled, and learned about the human body and its ways. As quickly as it turned into a school though, it just as abruptly regained its Cathedral status, welcoming patrons in for daily services. To this day, very little pretense exists within these walls, so book flights to Montpellier to experience the old church-turned-medical-school.