Montpellier Life and Visitor Travel Tips
(Montpellier, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France)
The university city of Montpellier is a great place to experience life in France and this city has grown into nothing short of a true metropolis. Due to its size, tourists should always exercise caution in crowded situations and be extra aware of personal belongings, such as handbags, cameras and money.
However, that said, Montpellier is a fairly safe and extremely friendly city, where visitors can experience a wealth of history and tree-lined promenades. Students make up a large proportion of the overall population and so many areas of Montpellier reflect this youthful influence.
Tourism and Tourist Information
The city's main tourist office can be found at the southerly end of the Esplanade Charles de Gaulle and offers plenty of the usual pamphlets, along with regular two-hour walking tours of Montpellier's Old City area and its many historical sights.
These should usually be reserved at least two days in advance, as they can get booked up.
Montpellier Main Tourist Office
Address: 30 Allée Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, Esplanade Comédie, Montpellier, FR-34000, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 67 60 60 60
Fax: +33 04 67 60 60 61
Language and Dialect
Here are some useful French phrases for your stay in Montpellier:
- Please - S'il vous plait
- Thank you very much - Merci beaucoup
- Excuse me - Excuse-moi
- Do you speak English? - Parlez vous Anglais?
- I do not understand - Je ne comprends pas
- Can you show me that on the map? - Pouvez-vous m'indiquer sur la carte?
- Where is the bathroom? - Ou est la salle de bains?
- I am leaving today - Je pars aujourd'hui
- I would like to buy... - Je voudrais acheter...
- How much does it cost? - C'est combien?
Montpellier Dos and Don'ts
- Accessing the Web - various Internet cafes are located around the city centre and in particular, along the Rue des Balances, the Rue de l'Aiguillerie and the Place du Marché aux Fleurs
- Bookshops - English books and useful Montpellier travel guides are available from bookstores along the Rue de l'Université and the Rue Jacques Coeur
- Homeless and Beggars - homeless people are often to be found begging for money on the streets of Montpellier. If you are feeling harassed, simply walk away
- Postal Services - the main post office can be found on the Place Rondelet
- Smoking - following a ban implemented in February of 2007, smoking is now prohibited in all public places around Montpellier, so be careful where you choose to light up
- Valuables and Pickpockets - always leave your valuables in a safe place and avoid carrying important documents, such as passports. If you do suffer at the hands of pickpockets, be sure to report this at the police station near to the Opera House. However, simply being extra careful and aware in crowds will usually help you avoid unpleasant situations