The Place de la Comédie is the main square in Montpellier. Here is the Opera and the fountain of the 3 Graces. You get to the Esplanada Charles de Gaulle and the Corum. The shopping centre at the end of the square is the liveliest in town.
We found this botanical garden just minutes from the city center. I can't say it's very well preserved but if what we want is a place of rest it's a good place to take a walk. This botanical garden was created in 1593 by Henry IV. It allowed medical students to become familiar with medicinal plants. Today courses and seminars are held on botany.
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert truly is a charming little village! It's located in the south of France and is really special. It's known as "le village rue" and it's on a well-known street because it really has only one street that crosses from one side to another village. Above all there is a small Romanesque church beautiful and special. A must-see visit.
The fish market at Sete port is one of my favourite places. The salt air is filled with the smell of fresh fish, there are greedy seagulls roaming near the ships, and sailors who carry on with the old traditions ... truly magical. The song of the waves, so special, can be heard on the wind. This is more than a postcard - it's an experience.
Henri de Lunaret Zoo is an ideal alternative for an afternoon stroll and bring our children. There's an indoor area dedicated to the Amazon Rainforest with vegetation and animals that try to recreate it. The rest of the zoo is formed by winding roads and wooded areas that separate animals from each other. A highlight is the great vegetation and the animals that aren't next to each other. As a curiosity I attached a video of one of the Anteaters ...
The city of Agde is one of the oldest in France, it was founded by the Greeks 2600 years ago . The city has so much great historical and cultural wealth, one feature which I particularly liked was the Canal du Midi. The city of Agde is crossed by the Canal du Midi, but also by the Hérault river. This is a city where fresh water has its place, like salt water from the coast, a few kilometers away, at the Cape of Agde. I really enjoyed my walks through the town of Agde, it was a nice break after a few days of beach and sun. The walks along the Canal du Midi were captivating, the area had a sweet tranquility. All around you see fishermen, tourists and locals passing by. I walked quietly on the Midi Canal shore, enjoying the fresh country air and nature, until I came to an amazing spectacle: a lock round, with boats waiting their turn to go! I learned that it is the only French round lock. So, I stood there a moment, watching the passing boats ... A nice memory.
I hadn't expected to see the Arc de Triomphe here! During an official tour of the city, with a guide from the tourist office, we went to admire the view from the top of the building and end the trip in style.
Fontserannes Locks are 8 blocks that still form one of the highlights of the Canal du Midi. It is hard to imagine achieving these constructions, when they were made. The most interesting thing is to see these blocks from a boat. Don´t leave without visiting this.
The Fabre Museum (Musée Fabre) is the leading art museum in the French city of Montpellier. The museum was founded by François-Xavier Fabre, a local painter, in 1825, and was opened to the public three years later, in 1828. It is currently undergoing a major refurbishment involving a cost of 61.2 million euros. It is one of the highlights of Montpellier, close to the Place de la Comédie in the historical center. An annex to the museum, the "Pavillon du musée Fabre" ("Fabre Museum Pavilion") is open in a pavilion at the Esplanade.
The Cathedral of Saint Pierre in the city of Montpellier is particularly impressive - it looks like something out of Harry Potter! This Gothic-style monument is the largest of its kind in the city, as well as being the largest church in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. It was built in 1536, on the site of an old monastery chapel. The entrance is particularly impressive, with a massive, welcoming porch, with two pillars and a huge arch. These decorative elements are original, dating back to the 14th century. Highly recommended.
The beautiful medieval Cathar city of Beziers was the scene of a political war about the unity of France disguised as a religious crusade. In 1209, the troops of the French king took Beziers. The commander asked the envoy of the Pope to distinguish Catholics from heretics and he replied: kill them all and God will identify his own. Very brutal
It is a neighbourhood designed by Ricardo Bofill, a Spanish architect, which was built in several stages. The idea was to build a new neighbourhood in a modern Greek style. It is a neighbourhood with spacious avenues, arched buildings, and is functional, etc.. The area containing the library, the regional council, the Olympic pool ... is very large. Everything is very smooth and enjoyable for anyone who has an appreciation for modernity.
Established in 2009, this is a wooden block that allows you to discover the general area around this unique island. A basalt monolith, like in 2001: A Space Odyssey, was erected to add some decoration. The area is open to the winds, so in winter, I don't recommend that you stay too long.
The great history of the Romans can be seen passes through my small town, where they left a great legacy! One example of Roman history is a bridge that is in ruins and the beautiful Via Domitia, that passes through my town. It was the link between northern Italy and Spain through France! This route also passes through famous cities like Montpellier or Narbonne.
This park is located in the historical centre of Montpellier. Here you can see some great monuments, like the aqueduct, the statue of Louis XIV, and the water tower. Here you can see people going jogging, others eating quietly, and older people enjoying a break. It is also very nice at night, and sometimes they have crazy music nights.
I have to admit that we found this interesting tradition passing through Sète. It is held every year on the Feast of St. Llis in the Royal Canal. They have been doing it since the year 1666 and this year was the 268th edition. It is a medieval style combat, with spear and shield. But the warriors are on horses, but on the stern of fishing boats. The loser falls to the water and possibly a good bruise if he fails to be well covered with the shield. A colorful spectacle, attracting a lot of spectators and nobody can deny that it is quite original.
Sète is a peculiar city that's famous for its canals and is also the largest fishing port in the Mediterranean. Of all the waterways that surround and traverse the population, the most famous is the Royal Canal. Along the docks, runs the city life, with the best hotels and restaurants. Large French style buildings flanking unequivocally and give it a stately air. Something really worth seeing.
This is the largest lagoon in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, with an area of about 7500 hectares and an average depth of 5 metres (the deepest point reaches 32m). It has a mixture of fresh and salt water, with a fragile ecological balance that makes it an ideal environment for oysters. We were lucky during your boat ride, as the wind didn't blow and the water was very calm, but sometimes this passage is very dangerous. So ask for advice before embarking - but if you can go, it really is outstanding!