Between vineyards, sea and mountains, Montpellier is a territory of crossroads with a rich cultural and architectural heritage. Between Nîmes and Béziers, it is renowned for its gastronomy, its festivals and the richness of its built heritage. A walk through the historic centre of the city will allow you to discover remarkable 17th and 18th century private mansions, the oldest medical school in the West, and Saint Peter’s Cathedral, a sublime example of southern Gothic architecture. Also worth discovering is the large pedestrian square of la Comédie, l’arc de Triomphe, or le quartier contemporain d’Antigone. On the leisure side, the Odysseum area awaits you in Montpellier, which includes an aquarium and a planetarium.
Between ponds and the Mediterranean Sea, La Grande Motte was born in the 1960s from the visionary spirit of architect Jean Balladur: a green city with many pedestrian walks and 3 hectares of fine sandy beaches, La Grande Motte surprises with its unique modern architecture inspired by the pre-Columbian pyramids. guided tours take you to discover the different symbols of its buildings: its congress centre, its Saint-Augustin church, or its Saint-Jean footbridge. A city of water, La Grande Motte is also a paradise for water sports and leisure: from family boat trips to sensational towed buoys, scuba diving, paddling or jet skiing.
Between Nîmes and Montpellier, the fortified city of Aigues Mortes is a must for your holidays in the Camargue. Perfectly preserved, the city’s ramparts have six defensive towers and the aesthetic markers typical of Gothic architecture. From the top of the dungeon or the walkway awaits you an exceptional panorama of the Aigues-Mortes saltworks. A visit by miniature train, on foot or by bike allows you to discover the salt tradition and the rich biodiversity that the area has to offer. On the Rhône Canal, Aigues-Mortes also has a marina where it is very pleasant to stroll. Historical visits, discovery of the salt marshes, horse riding or water sports, there is no shortage of activities in Aigues-Mortes!
Nicknamed the “French Rome”, Nîmes is renowned for the importance and incredible preservation of its Gallo-Roman architectural heritage. During a walk or through a guided tour, you will discover its arenas, its Roman enclosure and the Magne tower, the Diana temple, the famous Maison Carrée, or the castellum. The city of Nîmes also evokes, of course, the mythical Pont du Gard. At the crossroads of Hispanic, Camargue and Provençal cultures, Nîmes is finally renowned for its festive spirit: great festivities, Roman games, flamenco festivals and night markets enliven this city with its rich cultural heritage.
On the banks of the Vidourle, Sommières has preserved a charming medieval village full of charm in the alleys of which it is pleasant to stroll, and which earned it its label of “Small city of character”. Among the remarkable architectural heritage to be discovered in Sommières are its very picturesque market square, its Bermond tower, a relic of the medieval castle, and its rare specimen of an inhabited bridge in Europe. The city is animated by many bullfighting shows from May to September. The major Camargue summer festivals, which take place over 12 days, are an opportunity to discover regional traditions, particularly equestrian and bullfighting traditions.