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The odd thing about autumn in Montpellier is half of it feels like summer. Temperatures drop a little in September but it’s still warm enough for shorts and swimming. The good weather can continue into early October before temperatures plunge, often seemingly overnight, and storms become more common and long-lasting.

Having said that, there is still much to enjoy in and around Montpellier. In town the combination of heat and drought causes many trees to drop leaves long before the arrival of autumn but the countryside, notables the Cévennes, explodes into colour. A trip into the Cévennes also allows you to visit Florac for the soup festival and Anduze for the bambouseraie, a bamboo garden, with its stunning Japanese garden.

In Montpellier the Mediterranean film festival takes place at the back-end of autumn and another burst of artistic oddities is held at ZAT. So, despite being an odd, seemingly truncated season, there’s still loads to do in Montpellier in autumn. Here are our guides about what to do.

Once Upon a Time in Montpellier… – For more than 30 years the Festival international du cinéma méditerranéen de Montpellier has served cinephiles in Languedoc an excellent selection of movies. Over a week at the back end of autumn Montpellier plays host to a diverse range of flicks from Hollywood blockbusters, like Apocalypse Now, to local low-budget art house films.