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Xmas 2012 in Montpellier and Languedoc

‘Tis almost Christmas and our social calendar is filled up with events for everyone and every budget, Evi Tsirigotaki reports. Here we have prepared our own countdown highlighting fun and unique events happening in Montpellier and the neighboring towns. La Bohéme (Opera Comedie) 21, 23, 26, 28, 30/12 and 1/1/2013 The controversial Opera director, Jean-Paul Scarpitta, takes on […]

Five things to do with your kids in Montpellier in winter time

There are more and more things to do with kids in Montpellier in Winter. Here Evi Tsirigotaki looks at five of the best.   Chez Ninou (14 Rue des Sœurs-Noires, quartier St.Roch)   This is one of the places that people – i.e. mothers I met at my daughter’s school – were talking about months […]

Montpellier to Barcelona by train, bus or car

Montpellier to Barcelona takes a little over four hours by train and costs around €40. The speed, cost and simplicity mean it’s many peoples’ preferred way to travel between the twinned cities. In the past the SNCF website has struggled with cross-border bookings but is working at the time of writing. The SNCF ticket office […]

Montpellier zoo – a cheap, fun day out

Montpellier zoo is a cheap, enjoyable day out for kids and adults alike. Set in a park to the north of Montpellier, the zoo houses rhinos, zebras, hippos, giraffes and a host of other animals. Best of all, with the exception of the Amazonian greenhouse, it’s free to enter.   The zoo has an interesting […]

Halloween in Montpellier

Halloween is not nearly as widely celebrated in France as it would be in the US or even the UK, but you will find the odd event if you look hard enough. The French American Center have a party for children and later adults on the 31st itself. And with November 1st being the French national […]

Montpellier Marathon 2012

It might be October, but the sun came out for Montpellier’s third marathon! As well as the full race, there was a children’s race and relay options where teams of up to seven people could compete, so runners of all ages and all levels could take part. There were also prizes for the best fancy-dress […]

Why the first Sunday of the month is a great time to visit Montpellier

Stuck for something to do on Sunday? You shouldn’t be. As many of you probably know, on the first Sunday of the month museums and art galleries across France throw open their doors and let everybody in for free. Montpellier is blessed with many free things to do anyway but for one day a month […]

La Rentrée and Antigone des Associations Montpellier 2012

September throughout France is known as la rentrée. In Montpellier, it signals the return to normal life, businesses reopen, kids go back to school and tourist numbers diminish, but not much. It effectively brings the life back after the sleepy summertime and is much welcome as are the cooler temperatures. It also signals the beginning […]

What the New York Times did in Montpellier

In January the New York Times listed Montpellier as one of its 45 places to visit in 2012. Now the newspaper has taken its own advice and visited. The result is an article and accompanying slideshow on 36 hours in Montpellier.   It’s well worth a read if only for the chance to see the city through an outsiders […]

Delightful Flowers at the Pavillon Populaire

One of the six of the best free things to do in Montpellier is a visit to the Pavillon Populaire to see a photography exhibition, and the current display is a lovely way to spend an hour or so.  “Au Bonheur des Fleurs” (The Delight of Flowers) is just that – delightful.  Five artists are […]