Summer is when Montpellier comes alive. And then dies. Long sunny days through May and June see people sit out eating, drinking, and chatting long into the evening. This continues into July and August but many shops will close for weeks at a time during these months. The city streets quiet down as local families visit relatives in other areas of France and students go home for the summer. In their place come tourists on the seasonal flights that operate over the summer months.

For those in Montpellier over the summer there are lots of things to do. The Mediterranean sea is a bike ride away, while cooling rivers and lakes lie inland. As with flights in and out of Montpellier, transport picks up in the summer, creating better links between the city, nearby beaches, and villages such as Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. Here you’ll find guides to all these attractions and many more things to do in and around Montpellier during the summer, which on a good year stretches into early October.

Bus trips out of Montpellier – summer 2012 - The summer is the best time to take the bus anywhere out of the city as you’ll find that the extra services stop the day the children go back to school.

Three must attend summer events in Montpellier - With the arrival of consistently high temperatures and clear blue skies in May come several annual summer events in Montpellier which bring the city to life. In this post you’ll find an overview of three of the best summer events in Montpellier.

Get trunks, take bus, swim - As temperatures begin pushing 35°C over the summer months in Montpellier the appeal of a refreshing swim  increases dramatically. Fortunately, for those willing to brave a bus ride, there are plenty of options, from rivers to the sea. Here you’ll find quick guides to some of the easily accessible beaches and a hidden gem near the beautiful village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert.

Bastille Day in Montpellier: special bus = fireworks - In Montpellier for Bastille Day? Like fireworks? You’re in luck. Montpellier goes to town with its celebrations for Le 14 juillet, and you’re just a bus ride away from the display.

Art and architecture collide in Montpellier - Fancy having a nosy in the courtyards of Montpellier’s big town houses? The annual Festival des Architectures Vives is your chance.