Montpellier is a student city that vibrates day and night. Its buildings are full of history, and with more than 300 days of sunshine each year and thousands of restaurants, cafes and bars, the public squares are bustling. Montpellier is the perfect place to do something different every day even if you have a tight budget. There is simply no excuse to stay home!
Go to a Shakespeare or Le Point Com improv-show
At the end of the day, nothing is better than relaxing with a little laugh. Improvisation shows are becoming more popular in the city and for only 5 € you will spend an evening full of humor. You will also practice some French. It is said that when you understand a joke in the language you are learning, you can already say that you dominate it.
French gastronomy for lunches
French food is one of the most delicious cuisines in the world. We do not say it simply because we are French, but because there is evidence our gastronomy is an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In many of the restaurants in the city you will find menus for less than € 10 that will allow you to enjoy an appetizing, filling dish without spending your entire budget.
Go for a drink to the Triskell bar or Rebuffy
These two bars are preferred by students in Montpellier. Not only do they offer a relaxed atmosphere, but they are the most economical places to have a drink and have a good time among friends.
Discover the zoos and gardens of the city
Not everything is seaside resort in Montpellier. The city has large and beautiful green spaces, perfect for relaxing and enjoying outdoors. The botanical garden, the oldest in France, is one of the most beautiful sites in the city. In addition, the Montpellier Zoo is another must-see and it’s totally free.
Have a picnic on the banks of the river Lez
The perfect break after finishing a morning of classes is to escape to the river Lez and organize a picnic with friends. You do not need much; just couple of things you can take from home to share with your companions. Bring a blanket and spend a different afternoon. Carrying a book is never too much and the tranquility of the place is perfect for a reading.
Visit the markets of the city
Markets are a tradition in France, and Montpellier, of course, complies. It is essential to tour of all the market places of Les Arceaux and the Esplanade Charles de Gaulle. They both specialize in local regional products.
Escape to the beach for a cocktail
Yes, definitely the favorite getaway of many people is the beach. The convenience of having the sea less than 30 minutes away makes it one of the favorite plans, especially in summer. Then the restaurants and bars on the beach offer food and drinks. Sea, sun and cocktails!
Attend a concert in Nu Bahia, Black Out, La Petite Scène or Black Sheep
Montpellier is a university city; that is why there are always ample entertainment opportunities. You will always find something to do at the end of the day. And, if you like music, you will love the concerts organized in the bars of the city. You will not pay more than € 5 to enter, although many are free.