Montpellier is a lively and energetic city located in the south of France, on hilly ground near the river Lez, just 10km from the Mediterranean coast. Montpellier is home to over 60,000 students who attend university here. The University of Montpellier is one of the oldest in the World. Built in 1160, it was suppressed during the French Revolution but was re-established in 1896. With so many students, the average age of residents in Montpellier during the academic year is said to be 25, giving the city an intellectual and cultural tone.
When you need a break from beach life, there are many sites and attractions to keep you busy in Montpellier. The main focus of the city is the Place de la Comedie, which is a large oblong square paved with cream coloured marble, with a fountain in the center and cafes along each side. Be sure to check out the ornate 19th century Op ra on one side and the beautiful tree-lined Esplanade on the other. At the end of the Esplanade lies the Corum concert hall. Montpellier s most famous museum is the Musee Fabre, which houses a large and historically important collection of seventeenth- to nineteenth-century French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Flemish and English paintings. Other sites worthy of mention include the first botanical garden of France, the 14th century Saint Pierre Cathedral, the Porte du Peyrou Arch, and the Saint Clement Aqueduct. The Festival de Radio France er Montpellier is a music festival held in Montpellier each summer.