The City of Montpellier : An Introduction
In a poll a few years ago, Montpellier was voted the city where most French people would like to live. Much of the centre is traffic-free with open spaces, pedestrian streets and lively squares. The large Place de la Comedie has the most central tramstop and is also the location of the Tourist Office.
Montpellier’s brightly painted trams are part of the city’s charm and a major form of transport together with the bicycle. For many locals cycling is the preferred mode of travel.
Montpellier has an international student population, many of whom come to study at the acclaimed medical school; founded in the 12th century. The mix of cultures gives a lively cosmopolitan buzz to the city, and contributes to its positive and friendly atmosphere.
Montpellier was at the height of its economic power in the Middle Ages, and today it is once again in the ascendant. The historic and the modern contrast beautifully here; from mansions in the old town to the ultra-contemporary
Getting around Montpellier
Purchase a City Pass at the Tourist Office: day 12euros, two-day 18euros, and three-day 22 euros.
Includes public transport and free or reduced entry to attractions.
place de la Comedie
04 67 60 60 60
10.00-13.00: 14.00-17.00 Sun
Phone: 04 67 47 99 71
Place Jean-Jaures and the surrounding pedestrianised streets have many bars and restaurants.
5 place Jean Jaures
04 67 60 46 79
Located right on place Jean-Jaures, this English pub gives a warm welcome to rugby fans of all nations. It as giant T.V. screens showing matches
Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub
5 place Saint Come
04 67 60 58 30
A much-loved and authentic Irish pub, with a great atmosphere especially on rugby days. Screened sports and live music evenings are the usual thing.
The barmen pride themselves on having the cellar equipment which provides the perfect Irish pint.
12 rue Candolle
04 67 66 35 67
One of the oldest pubs in the city, this cool, dark, medieval bar sees itself as the social centre of rugby in Montpellier. The large and characterful patron known as “L’Ours”(the Bear) is said to drink more than his customers.
108 rue de Rhodes
04 67 65 54 76
Sister bar to Ayers Rock in Lyon, and sharing its exuberance and love of rugby, this Australian-themed bar with cocktail-juggling waiters and big screens attracts a young and lively crowd.
5 rue Petit-Scel;
04 67 60 98 18
Tucked away on a pretty little square in the heart of the old town, this is another Irish pub with friendly staff, a great atmosphere, quiz nights and match screenings.
13 place de la Comedie
A British pub serving a wide range of beers on tap.
Owned by local hero and French fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc.
Updated August 2014
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