Weekend Breaks to Montpellier
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Top 10 Things in Montpellier on a Short Break
This is one of Montpelliers most popular music bars. Doors open at 9pm and there are concerts almost every night. The program is diverse and includes rock, reggae and electronic music, with a special emphasis on emerging talent.
On the first Monday of the month, free improvised concerts are held.France - Lourdes
This club is open Mondays to Saturdays and can be located at 12 rue Anatole-Francoe.
The soaring steeple of this church makes it one of the most distinctive and visible structures in Montpellier. The church can be found in the pedestrianised zone of the city centre. The church is no longer used for religious services and today houses an art gallery exhibiting some of the finest works to be found on the south coast. The artwork is contemporary and includes paintings, sculptures and photographic exhibits. Admission is free and the gallery is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 1pm to 6pm.
This restaurant has one of the best-known addresses in the city. The entrance to this refined dining establishment is an attractive courtyard of a beautiful 19th century residence. The service is first class and so are the elegant furnishings. The menu is superb and offers local specialities including venison and duck fillets prepared to perfection. The address is 130 rue Castel Ronceray.
For a dining experience you will remember fondly, Le Chandelier is a perfect choice. The restaurant is housed in a luxurious and elegant setting that sets the tone for the evening out. The menu varies according to the season, using only the freshest of ingredients. Specialities include stewed lobster claws, calfs sweetbread with artichokes and baby pigeon with green lentils. The address is 267 rue Leon Blum.
The central location of this fine hotel makes it a fine choice for accommodation as it allows for convenient exploring of the city on foot. You will find the hotel between the Polygone shopping centre and the Place de la Comedie. The outside of the hotel is distinctive with its pyramid style architecture as well as its height, which offers good views from the higher stories. The hotel includes a restaurant, swimming pool, business facilities, childcare facilities and many more services that will make your stay more enjoyable. The address is 1 rue des Pertuisanes.
This is the most famous hotel in Montpellier and has been the hotel of choice for many famous visitors to the city. The rooms here are modern and elegant and feature mahogany floors with white marble bathrooms. The hotel restaurant of the same name as the hotel is among the finest in the country.
The address is 11 avenue Saint Lazare; you can check the hotel out at its Internet address at www.jardin-des-sens.com
This is a world-class zoo that contains over 100 different indigenous and exotic species. The animals are extremely well looked after and there are no cages; the enclosures are spacious with lots of vegetation allowing privacy for the animals. If you are quiet, you will e able to see the star attractions including zebra, antelope, camels and even a cheetah. There are over 9km of pathways to explore and include several picnic sites. Admission here is free and the zoo is open daily.
This luxury retreat offers a haven of comfort and well being. The building has been well restored to reflect its original style while introducing the modern conveniences that travellers have come to expect. The resort is set in 5 hectares of woods that include trees of well over a hundred years in age. The sunny suites, with separate lounge areas and terraces overlook the park and putting green of the resorts world-class golf course. The address is 1225 rue de Bionne.
This large square is the heart and soul of Montpellier. The pedestrian-only square got its name from the first theatre built in the 1700s on the site that is now the Opera. This bustling part of the city is the site of many open air shows as well as daily street entertainment and should not be missed. Guided tours are available daily from 10am to 5pm.
The centre of the square beneath the wonderful examples of 19th century buildings is the fountain of the Three Graces, a perfect spot to take a memorable photograph to remember Montpellier by.
Renowned as one of Frances finest provincial galleries, this museum is located at 39 Boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle. The works featured here include those donated by Francois Fabre in 1825 the famous Montpelier painter.
Following the great painters death, many other paintings from hi collection were donated to the gallery. These included Poussins Venus and Adonis as well as works dating back to the Italian renaissance.
The generosity shown by Fabre inspired other painters to follow suit and resulted in further donations of fine art.
The museum is closed Mondays and is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
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