Montpellier is an exciting city in the South of France, an ideal place in the countryside from which tourists can discover Provence, Camargue and many other beautiful places. The city itself has no shortage of things to do, interesting museums, cobbled streets and enticing restaurants. Here's our guide to the best things to do in Montpellier. Louis XIV may have had the greatest hand in Montpellier's history when he called it the capital of Bas Languedoc in the 17th century. This put the city at the disposal of the King and attracted the gentry who built themselves a neighborhood full of cultured homes. There are, therefore, many mansions to be seen throughout the vast old city, as well as elevated monuments such as the Promenade de Peyrou, fit for the regional capital. When you are planning to visit Montpelier with a group, then Coach Charter Europe is your bus company partner.
Coach Charter Europe's bus business has been popular in the bus rental market for over 40 years. Thanks to our nearby bus depot place, we can provide you with a range of bus rental services. Our airport shuttle busses will pick up from Montpellier Méditerranée Airport and ride easily to any accommodation in Montpellier or the surrounding area. You can consider booking a charter bus with a driver to visit all of Montpellier landmarks quickly, safely and comfortably. Or maybe hire a bus with a driver and take a ride to the Mediterranean coast, on the Lez River by chartered bus. Whatever your plans are, our Coach Europe bus rental company is the perfect way to visit this great city and surrounding area. Get in contact with Coach Charter Europe's tour bus service to find out more about our charter bus service.
If you're wondering which places you can visit in Montpellier, here are some suggestions from the bottom of the list. Keep in mind that our Coach Charter Europe Airport Shuttle and Tour Bus Coaches are the best way to travel around the city easily and safely.
1. Fabre Museum
Artists from around Montpellier helped to turn the Fabre Museum into a great attraction for art, beginning with François-Xavier Fabre, whose donation contributed to its establishment in the 1820s. Since then, the collection has swelled to more than 800 works, donated by names such as Frédéric Bazille later that century, and Pierre Soulages more recently. The museum's paintings and sculptures are shown in chronological order, and there is a lot of baroque art to be enjoyed: Rubens, Veronese, Rigaud and Zurbarán are all here. Hire a coach with the driver in our bus company and get there safety and comfortably.
2. Cathedrale St Pierre
The Cathedral of the City is spectacular; gazing up at the awe-inspiring towers is almost a dizzying experience. St Pierre's Cathedral is Montpellier's most significant Gothic structure, situated right in the center of the old town. This Roman Catholic church is free to visit and has elegant glass windows decorated with a cross, a magnificent organ made of wood and gold and a spectacular altar. It was founded in 1364, but only in the 16th century it was declared a cathedral. For this occasion don't forget to rent your own charter bus and driver.
3. Promenade de Peyrou
At the highest part of Montpellier and just west of the old walls, this square was built during the reign of Louis XIV, but it was not finished until the middle of the 1700s due to the time of turmoil at the beginning of the 18th century. There are other interesting facts, such as the statue of Louis XIV, which dates back to 1828, replacing the earlier version that had been melted down to produce cannons. A bus rental suggests you visit promenade on Sundays because there’s a flea market beneath the arches of the aqueduct, which is modelled on the legendary Pont du Gard.
4. L’ Écusson (Old Montpellier)
From the Promenade de Peyrou in the west to the Place de la Comédie in the east, Montpellier has an unusual maze of new, shaded streets (handy in a city where there are 300 sunny days a year) that have followed the same pattern for hundreds of years. Many of the apartment buildings and houses are old, dating back to the 1600s and 1700s, and if you can see through the solid wooden doors, many of these homes have internal courtyards. Chartered bus can take you there.
5. Place de la Comédie
The eastern connection between Old Montpellier and the newer city districts outside the old walls, the large Place de la Comédie has a vibrant atmosphere with its many bars, restaurants and shops. The Three Graces fountain in the center was installed in 1790, and displays the Charites of Greek mythology, emblematic of Montpellier. After a refurbishing coffee, begin your tour along the leafy walkways of the Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle, bordering the square to the north. At night, the restaurants and the elegant neoclassical buildings around the Place de la Comédie, such as the Opéra nationa, stand out. A bus rental at our bus company will make it easier for your group to get there
6. Montpellier Cathedral
The French Wars of Religion took their toll on the churches of Montpellier in the 16th century, but the Gothic Cathedral of Saint-Pierre survived despite sustained damage. In fact, it wasn't always a cathedral either, as it started out as a monastery chapel before the diocese of Maguelone had relocated to Montpellier during the reign of Francis I in the mid-1500s. The cathedral could take you by surprise, as it is concealed in the nest of the streets of the old quarter. The most striking characteristic is the majestic portal with its twin pillars that are more than 4.5 meters long. Chartered bus will be wise partner exploring this historical cathedral.
7. Triumphal Arch
The royal entrance to the Promenade de Peyrou was based on the Porte Saint-Denis in Paris and completed in 1693. If you're into French history, particularly the reign of the Sun King, you can take a little time to explore the inscriptions and reliefs of the arch, and tell the (one-sided!) story of the key events of his reign. There is the Capture of Namur from the Nine Years' War, with a figure representing the Netherlands bowing in deference to the King. You can also see a relief showing the constriction of the Canal des Deux Mers, a monumental engineering project that linked the Bay of Biscay with the Mediterranean during the 1600s. Tour Bus can look after your group transport here
8. Pavillon Populaire
A stunning Art Nouveau house, designed at the end of the 19th century, is located on the Esplanade Charles de Gaulle. Since more than a hundred years it has been the venue of all manner of public exhibits, but in the 1990s it was devoted exclusively to spectacular temporary photography shows, free of charge. There are three exhibits a year, showcasing the most famous photographers of the 20th century, such as Brassaï, Bernard Plossu or Jakob Tuggener.
9. Montpellier Zoological Park
Henri de Lunaret, who owned the Hôtel des Trésoriers, also owned the historic estate where the Montpellier Zoo was set up and left the property to the city on condition that it had a charitable function. The zoo has been around since 1964 and is bordered by a nature reserve on the rugged banks of the Lez River. There are more than 750 animals in the zoo, including 140 species, including giraffes, white rhinos, cheetahs and Syrian brown bears. The enclosures are set in six separate biozones, synthesizing environments from around the world. Our bus company will make sure you arrive safe and enjoy your time with animals.
10. Aquarium Mare Nostrum
On a rare rainy day, you can comfortably spend a few hours at the Montpellier aquarium, which marks its first decade and has 400 marine and freshwater species in tanks totalling almost three million liters. The headline is the central pool, 10 by 18 meters, the biggest in France. As for wildlife, you have penguins from South Africa, a wide variety of sharks and rays, plus a touch pool where little ones can find out what the starfish's back feels like. Chartered bus by Coach Charter Europe will get you there prompt.
Montepelier is more than worth a visit, as you can see. There are many places to visit, and our bus company Coach Charter Europe is your partner every step of the way. Trust our experience of more than 4 decades in the tour bus industry to provide you with exactly the bus and bus rental services you need. If it's airport shuttle service, full-day bus rental services or event transport, our new charter bus fleet is state-of-the-art and provides the very vehicle you're looking for. Of example, our Coach Charter Europe's bus service also provides well-experienced and friendly drivers as well as a helpful tour bus booking team.