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Top Choice Gallery in Montpellier

Musée Fabre

Founded in 1825 by painter François-Xavier Fabre, this exceptional museum houses one of France’s richest collections of European art. The galleries are split into three main sections: Old Masters, Modern Movements a…
Zoo in Montpellier

Montpellier Parc Zoologique

Four kilometres north of the city centre, this excellent zoo – France’s second-largest, covering 60 hectares – has an enormous population of wild residents that spans the world’s continents, including a rare white r…
Museum in Montpellier

L’Hôtel de Cabrières-Sabatier d’Espeyran

Attached to the Musée Fabre is L’Hôtel de Cabrières-Sabatier d’Espeyran, a lavish Montpellier mansion that belonged to local notable Madame Frédéric Sabatier d’Espeyran. The interior of the house is filled with incr…
Gallery in Montpellier

Carré Sainte-Anne

This landmark neogothic St Anne's church, with dazzling stained-glass windows, was deconsecrated in the 1980s and is now a spectacular setting for contemporary-art exhibitions and site-specific installations. High-p…
Aquarium in Montpellier

Aquarium Mare Nostrum

Part of the Odysseum shopping centre, this aquarium recreates 15 aquatic environments, from polar waters to tropical forests. Imaginative tanks include an Ocean Balcony, where you stare down over submarine cliffs pa…
Gardens in Montpellier

Jardin des Plantes

North of place Royale du Peyrou is one of Montpellier’s hidden gems, the Jardins des Plantes – the oldest botanical garden in France. Established in 1593, it was used as a model for the much better-known Jardin des …
Museum in Montpellier

Musée du Vieux Montpellier

This municipal museum has a fairly pedestrian collection of local-interest pieces, ranging from furniture to tapestries and antique weaponry, but it’s worth a visit as it’s one of the few hôtels particuliers (privat…
Landmark in Montpellier

Arc de Triomphe

Built in 1692, Montpellier's 52m-high triumphal arch is dedicated to Louis XIV. The tourist office organises guided tours in summer that take you up 103 steps inside the arch to the top for panoramic views. The best…
Gardens in Montpellier

Place Royale du Peyrou

At the eastern end of this wide, tree-lined esplanade is the 1692 Arc de Triomphe. From the Château d’Eau, an elaborate hexagonal water tower at its western limit, stretches the Aqueduc de St-Clément, spectacularly …
Cathedral in Montpellier

Cathédrale St-Pierre

Montpellier’s monumental Cathédrale St-Pierre began life as a church attached to the 14th-century monastery of St-Benoît; it was raised to cathedral status in 1536. Heavily rebuilt after the Wars of Religion, it’s n…