The city is built on two hills and is located 10 km inland from the Mediterranean coast on the River Lez. The name of the city is said to have stood for mont pelé, the naked hill, because the vegetation was poor. Some of its streets are very narrow and old, which gives it a more intimate feel
The city is friendly and picturesque with lanes, passages, little squares and mansions dating from the 17th and 18th Centuries and its delightful tramway system. The historic centre has been pedestrianised, so it is a pleasant place to stroll around or linger over a drink at a café on the square and listen to the talented buskers. It is lively in the evening due to its theatres, cinemas, operas and other performances and its generally younger population due to the incredible number of students there.
The climate and weather in Montpellier due to its situation in the Mediterranean, offers one of the best and sunniest climates of the whole of France - there are more than 300 days of sunshine per year! Montpellier and its region are attractive all year round.
Domaine de Verchant Relais & Châteaux is a luxurious hotel and spa housed in a former mansion. It features the latest hi-tech facilities, a state-of-the-art spa centre and elegantly decorated and furnished accommodation.
Very comfortable restaurant route de Fréjorgues F - 34970 LATTES / Tel.: 04 67 64 82 10 This former vineyard estate, overlooking the Plain of Lattes, includes a renovated, 19C farmhouse, a 16C chapel and pretty, tiered terraces in the shade of plane trees.
Very comfortable restaurant 5 boulevard Sarrail F - 34250 PALAVAS LES FLOTS / Tel.: 04 67 68 24 17 The elegant dining hall and veranda offer a fine prospect of the beach and waterfront. Appetisingly up-to-date cuisine drawing its inspiration largely from the nearby sea.
Domaine de Soriech
Very comfortable and pleasant restaurant Chemin de Soriech F - 34970 LATTES / Tel.: 04 67 15 19 15 A fine 1970s villa, with designer décor, modern works of art, giant palm and pine trees in a delightful park. Regional cuisine served.
Situated in a sunny area close to the Mediterranean beaches and the wild Camargue country, the Montpellier Massane 18-hole international golf course, designed in 1988 by Californian architect, Ronald Fream, has been built to offer you a unique golfing experience.
The pitch&putt course "Ecureuil" (9 holes, par 27) is also ideal for improving your game or savouring the joy of golf for the first time.
The training centre has 50 bays as well as driving ranges for specific types of shots: long shots on mat or grass, sand shots, putting green, pitching green, etc.
Golf de Montpellier Massane has a David Leadbetter Golf Academy. David Leadbetter is recognized as the leading golf instructor in the world. His teaching theories and methods have revolutionized the game and his influence on all levels of golf is unparalleled.
You have a choice of two courses: the 18-hole International course (par 72, 6292 metres) which is very varied, laid out in the scented scrubland and on the wooded banks of a river and the 9-hole 'Executive' course (par 29, 1290 metres), a compact course which will suit players at all levels.