Cheap flights to Montpellier
Understated, classy and rich in regional cuisine and winemaking, Montpellier is the holiday destination for those who like the good things in life.
With a university that dates back to the 12th century, wide tree-lined boulevards, a cute little old town and plenty of bustling squares full of coffee-drinking students, Montpellier is definitely one of the prettiest cities on France’s southern coast. Lacking the pretence of the Côte d’Azure, this city attracts holidaymakers looking for substance over style, for chic boutiques, trendy wine bars and nearby seaside resorts where it’s the beauty of the beaches and not the people that counts.
And, as the capital of the Languedoc Roussillon region of southwest France, you can expect plenty of top quality plonk and a regional cuisine that is one of the best in Europe. Anyone for a creamy duck cassoulet washed down with a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon? This really is France at its most traditional.
Chic et Cheap is exactly that: a clothes shop full of funky ideas, bright colours, low prices and lots of bodycon for girls who love to dress up (70 Rue du Faubourg Boutonnet, tel: 06 8637 5946).
The "Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen" runs from 25 October to 2 November and spotlights films made in regions around the Med, meaning screenings, debates, and theme nights galore. Full details from the Tourist Office (30 Allée Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, tel: 04 6760 6060).
Montpellier is blessed with around a dozen nearby beaches, many accessible by public transport. Whether you want fashionable beach bars, nightlife, beach-sports, mussel-picking, showers, or nudist sand dunes, there's something for everyone.