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Around March Montpellier reawakens as the first warm days of spring arrive. Coats are shed, days lengthen, and flowers bloom on the esplanade. Spring is a great time of year to live in or visit Montpellier. Just watch out for the storms when intense bursts of rain, thunder, and lightening send locals scurrying for shelter and test Montpellier’s electrics to their limits.

Spring in Montpellier brings the first of the year’s bizarre artistic festivals, ZAT, where four-poster beds row across lakes and 100s of transistor radios dangle from trees. Well worth a visit for an afternoon full of “What?! Really?!” moments. Below you’ll find guides to ZAT and many more things to do in spring in Montpellier.

Beyond Montpellier: Sète, Nîmes & Arles day trips by train - Spring, when the sun is shining but the temperature’s still below 30 , is an ideal time to visit some of the beautiful cities neighbouring Montpellier. Here you’ll find guides to three city break day trips accessible by train from Montpellier.