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.
Theobroma is a wonderful chocolate shop where you'll be spoilt for choice. Easter treats abound, including all sorts of innovative tastes such as salted butter, mint, jasmine and black pepper. They also run classes in making macaroons (8 Rue Saint-Paul, tel: 04 6763 9064).
Creativa runs from 24 to 27 January and throws the spotlight onto all kinds of homecrafts like knitting and embroidery. Get full information and a free discount voucher towards your entrance ticket from www.creavenue.com
A half-hour drive north to St-Bauzille-de-Putois brings you to one of the most extraordinary places in France, La Grotte des Demoiselles. This series of massive underground caverns comes complete with strange statues carved by the water and plenty of ghost tales.