Montpellier, a city in the south of France and the 8th largest city in France was established by the Toulouse counts. Having that in mind will explain the surprisingly fact that there’s no Roman traces found in the city. Montpellier is known around the globe for one of the first faculties of Medicine, established by the moors. A car hire at Montpellier Airport will give you the freedom to explore all the chateaus, museums and surroundings of this hilly terrain where Montpellier is located. If you’re a Mucha fan, you’ll find plenty of interest in Montpellier, as his work is shown in The Fabre Museum and present in the cafeterias, as well as other Art Nouveau artist’s extensive collections.
Stroll down the main square of Montpellier, where you’ll find crowds of people having a coffee or enjoying in a street performance. Enjoy in the freedom of a car hire in Montpellier and drive out of the city to see the famous mountain of Montpellier, Pic St Loup. Go on a wine tour, or just have yourself lost in the region of rosemary and thyme!
Basic info and car hire in Montpellier
Location: South of France
Official language: French
Currency: Euro (EUR).
Weather: Montpellier enjoys the Mediterranean climate, with dry hot summers and mild and damp winters. It is best to visit Montpellier in spring time when in blossom or in autumn, when temperatures are not that high. Don’t be intimidated by hot summers, it has its own charm.
Public holidays in Montpellier: to best plan your holiday, check for public holidays in Montpellier.
Internet coverage: Montpellier is a city filled with history, however it’s still modern enough to offer Wi-Fi in all major cafeterias, hotels and restaurants.
Road conditions: Check viamichellin.com for heavy traffic advice before hitting the road. Road conditions in Montpellier are nevertheless in great shape and are regularly maintained.
Driving in Montpellier
- Age limits: 21 (minimum age may vary according to car hire companies. A Young Driver fee will apply to drivers under 25 years of age. In order to hire a car, it is required that a driver has held a driving licence for more than one year).
- International Driving Permit: If your licence is in Latin alphabet then, its most probably you won’t need it. If not, get an international driving permit before travelling. Check you supplier’s terms and conditions for more information.
- Additional papers: you’ll need a valid ID (passport), a valid driving licence and the proof of a car hire insurance at the car hire at Montpellier Airport
- Additional requirements:
- Children in the car:
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: Dipped headlights must be used day and night and especially in poor daytime visibility.
- General speed limits: 80mph / 130kph on motorways (70mph / 110kph in wet weather and on urban motorways), 90kph on other roads outside built-up areas, 30 mph / 50kph in built-up areas.
What to see in Montpellier
Our favourite spots
Port du Peyrou
A triumphant Arch in a park near the center of Montpellier. Explore the Arch’s design showing four major events in the time of Louis XIV. A magnificent historical place with a nice overview on Montpellier.
Park your car at these parking options before visiting the Arch
Aquadukt Saint Clement
An extraordinary historic site with many statues, stuctures and the old water aqueduct is a picture-perfect sight during night, when illuminated. Surrounded by gardens, this site is perfect for a relaxed walk.
CHeck your parking options befor arriving to Aquadukt Saint Clement
A beautiful art museum with an extensive collection of a variety of artworks. The emphasis is not on the masterpieces but on the town art collection, which will amaze you just as well. not too small and not too big – its size is just perfect!
Park your car at the right place
Place de la Comedie
A popular town square always filled with people, with frequent street performers and other spectacles. Have a coffee in one of the many bars or go for a French meal in a restaurant, while enjoying in the view of the surrounding beautiful architecture (there’s the Opera house right in front of the square).
Check where to park your hired car
Hotels in Montpellier
Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole
A luxurious and centric hotel with a swimming pool to keep you fit and a very helpful staff in the reception. The bathrooms are made of marble and will make you feel like in one of those French chateaus.
Baudon de Mauny
A modern hotel with exquisite décor and a great location in the heart of Montpellier. Each room will bring you a unique experience and will impress you with its comfort.
En Ville et sous les Arbres
This hotel will entertain you with its free WiFi, lots of greenery and a delicious breakfast with homemade jams, served each morning on the garden. Enjoy your stay!
Le Saint Amant
A simple hotel that will offer everything you need on your vacation. With breakfast included in the price and all the quirky interior decorations, this will be a great stay right in the centre of Montpellier.
Drive your rental car around Montpellier
From Montpellier, you can have some pretty nice day trips – you can head in the direction of Toulouse and stop in the ancient Carcassonne, a medieval city halfway to Toulous, to visit the Chateau Comtal with its splendid and charming watchtowers. Following the itinerary, continue to visit Toulouse, the beautiful “La Ville Rose” city” with a charming Old Quarter.
On the other side of Montpellier, you have the magnificent Marseille, which is a 1 hour and 40 minutes’ drive from the city centre. This old port city famous for the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde is an easy approachable spot on your vacation with a car hire in Montpellier.
Where to eat, drink and party in Montpellier
The name of this restaurant is very explicit – the places offers only 5 tables, so you should definitely make a reservation beforehand. A very intimate atmosphere, where the chef and the owner dedicate you all the attention you need.
If you’re a Jack Daniel’s fan, this is your place! Delicious French cuisine, spiced with this famous whisky from Tennessee, brings new experiences. The owners are very passionate and welcoming.
If you’d like to take some time off sightseeing, this is a great place to sit down and relax. Customers also recommend it for families with small children, as the bar offers some play areas for the kids. Deserts, smoothies, cakes - anything you wish from the sweet side of the menu!
A superb place for lunchtime, good location and offers delicious daily menus for a reasonable price. The staff are very polite and welcoming and the views are fantastic. We like it very much!
Major events and festivals in Montpellier
Montpellier is a busy city- just visit the main town square and you’ll notice all the buzz and fuzz of the city in one place. Check for the festivals in Montpellier and prepare to enjoy your holiday!
An international festival dedicated to dance. It first started in 1981 and it lasts for 15 days mainly in in the “dancing building” Agora.
To experience fireworks, swimming in across the Sète and other sport tournaments drive yourself to Sète, just 40 minutes away from the Montpellier city centre.
If you’d like to experience the bullfights in France, you can see them in Nimes on this feria that lasts a week.
Held in Nimes, just a short drive from Montpellier, this is a magnificent weekend of Roman legionaries and battles.