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Heart of the Languedoc

The philosopher John Locke visited Montpellier in the 17th century and concluded, 'I find it much better to go twice to Montpellier than once to the other world'. Montpellier is the stunning capital of the Languedoc Roussillon and has a population of just under 230,000. The city has an acclaimed 13th century University with a world renowned medical department, which once upon a time taught a young man named Nostradamus.

Embracing change

Montpellier spent the great majority of its history relaxing under the sun with a slow pace of life. This changed abruptly in the 1960's with the mass immigration of French families from North Africa. This caused a boom in the local economy. Not long after this, a radical left wing local government took office and began bringing in sweeping reforms to the city. The Old City was pedestrianised, a large housing project began and high-tech industries from far and wide settled in the city. As a result, Montpellier today is one of France's most affluent cities and has a public transport system that outclasses those elsewhere.

A city of style

The centre of Montpellier is packed with picturesque fountains and open squares. Stylish buildings sit alongside historical ones in this ever growing city. The lively heart of the city, nicknamed 'l'Oeuf' due to its curiously shaped roundabout, is centred around the Place de la Comedie. A visit to the Opera House is a must - the building is an exact copy of the one in Paris.

How do I get there?

The TGV train service makes a stop in Montpellier, which means that Paris is only 4 hours away. The city also has its own international airport, which means travel to and from the UK couldn't be easier. RyanAir, GB Airways and British Airways all have regular flights into the city. The roads that lead out to the surrounding Languedoc Roussillon are well looked after and easy to navigate.

Montpellier property prices

Montpellier is the most expensive city in the Languedoc Roussillon. Due to the city's fluctuating economy and the increasing interest in owning properties here there has been a 25% rise in prices over the last five years. It would be hard to find a villa needing renovation in Montpellier, although the surrounding villages may still have some more affordable properties.

your questions...

1. A question about the wind in Montpellier (added 29/5/12)...

Hello there - I had my heart set on moving to Montpellier but am put off by scare stories of wind. I hate wind. Anywhere nearby which is wind free? Thank you.

Jo Rhodes, editor of French Property Links replies...

Thanks for contacting us. My colleague Joanna says:

"Montpellier is actually not as bad for wind as some parts of the Languedoc. The Aude, where I lived, is the worst! However, from experience I would say that the Fossiliferous coast near to Perpignan is maybe not so bad for wind. Though pretty much everywhere in the south can suffer from winds. I don't think you can say that anywhere is wind free.

The better areas are the Hérault and the Pyrénées-Orienatales I think. Personally though, I wouldn't let it put me off. Montpellier is fabulous and if that's where you want to be, go for it. Provence has its Mistral, far worse!"

You may be interested to read our article "The Winds of France" (http://www.frenchpropertylinks.com/essential/winds-france.html), if you haven't already done so.

I hope this information is of some use.

2. A question about beaches around Montpellier (added 28/2/13)...

Good morning, could you please inform if there are nice beaches in the Montpellier area? Thanks in advance.

Jo Rhodes, editor of French Property Links replies...

Thanks for contacting us, though I am afraid I do not know this area well. I would suggest you contact the tourist office (http://www.ot-montpellier.fr/en/) for information on the beaches near Montpellier.

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Montpellier AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Montpellier?

In the north east of the Herault department in the Languedoc-Roussillon.

Montpellier Property Map

IN THE REGION OF LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

Languedoc-Roussillon Guide

Languedoc-Roussillon Property Map

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HÉRAULT

Hérault Guide

  Hérault Map


Population: 230,000


Access: The city has its own airport with regular flights to and from the UK.


Economy: Hi-tech industries have now made their mark in the city.


Interesting fact: The acclaimed University boasts having once bestowed its wisdom upon a young man named Nostradamus.

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