Montpellier Méditerranée, located 75 minutes by plane from Paris, 2 hours 50 minutes by TGV from Barcelona and 10 km from the beaches of the Mediterranean, is the ideal place to stay to experience and discover a city of great historical importance, a diverse region and some of the most prestigious historical sites in the world.
Montpellier, in the South of France, is an open-minded city and highly recognized as a LGBTQI destination. Following the adoption of the law on marriage for all, the first homosexual wedding in France was celebrated in Montpellier on May 29, 2013. In 2016, after Las Vegas and before Indianapolis in Montpellier, the InterPride took place. The theme was “Solidarity through Pride”. It was a further confirmation of the cosmopolitanism of the city, where all people feel free and differences are cultivated! With its gay-friendly bars, clubs, events of all kinds, Montpellier attracts visitors from all over Europe, especially music fans of the electro scene!
The other reasons to love Montpellier? A variety of trendy shopping locations, a well-developed public transport network that takes visitors to the beach, cafés, bars, mountains and rivers in less than 20 minutes. A little paradise for everyone.
Montpellier, urban destination and great city, bridges the gap between the facilities and amenities of a big city and the dolce vita of the Mediterranean; fragrant markets, extensive pedestrian areas, lively terraces, beaches that can be reached by bicycle and last but not least, 300 days of sunshine a year!
Montpellier has to be experienced: its Art de Vivre as the seventh largest city in France, but also as a typical Mediterranean village! Montpellier Méditerranée has a car-free city center, the “Ecusson”, where you can get lost in the small winding medieval streets or discover by chance through an open door one of the 70 amazing townhouses (known as “hôtel particulier”) or the skills of the artisans.
Montpellier Méditerranée is a cultural destination and promises culture for everyone, for every taste and every budget. Its motto is: Courage and audacity! And always excellence! The fine arts, with some 900 works in the Musée Fabre, photographs in the Pavillon Populaire, one of the only two unique venues in France entirely dedicated to the exhibition of original works by great photographic artists, not forgetting MOCO, the new contemporary art center inaugurated in June 2019 right in the heart of the city center.
The city of Montpellier, in constant motion, is also and above all a place of passion, meetings and exchanges. Visitors come from all four corners of the sky to attend the numerous festivals: extreme sports festival, dance festival, architecture festival, theater festival, illumination of the city center… events by and for enthusiasts who always combine performance and aesthetics.
Montpellier, a Mediterranean city through and through, benefits from an environment that lives up to its image: Only 10 km separate the city, surrounded by vineyards and a vast natural environment, from the sea shore. Villeneuve-les-Maguelone and its Romanesque cathedral surrounded by vineyards and a lake district, the magic of the fishermen’s huts in Pérols, the nearby Camargue, to name but a few of the natural and cultural treasures. All of these are outstanding sites that will captivate nature lovers and advocates of “slow tourism”.
Montpellier hopes to welcome back the LGBTQI community as part of its visitors next year at the latest. And in great hope, to the annual Gay Pride in July 2021.
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