This is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, as well as the Hérault department. Montpellier is the 8th largest city of the country and the fastest growing city in France and it’s easy to see why…
Montpellier is situated 10 kilometres (6 miles) inland from the Mediterranean coast on the River Lez. It is built on two hills, Montpellier and Montpelliéret, and some of its streets have great differences of altitude. The highest point is the Place du Peyrou, at an altitude of 57 metres (187 ft).
The heart of Montpellier is it’s historical centre “Écusson”. This is situated around the beautiful square of Place de la Comédie. This huge square lively and atmospheric and a great place to eat or enjoy a drink, with it’s many cafés and restaurants. Just off the Place de la Comédie there’s an avenue with trees and statues called the Esplanade. This is popular spot for markets. The city is a shoppers paradise with some excellent shops to choose from. Montpellier is also a place of great history and the University of Montpellier is one of the oldest in the World dating back to 1160.
Montpellier has excellent transport links with trams, trains, buses and bikes available for hire. The Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport is southeast of the city.
There is a range of property types available to buy in Montpellier. These include the stylish “Haussmann” buildings. The baron Georges Haussmann is a well known architect and town planner who rebuilt much of Paris between 1852 and 1870. He also redesigned parts of Montpellier during that time. The “Haussmann” buildings are rather grand. But there are also more modest old town houses with plenty of charm and character. Montpellier has a modern aspect too, with new apartments in the city and villas in the suburbs.
With such interest, by French and overseas buyers, property prices are continuing to increase in Montpellier.
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