The city’s rapid growth and daring ideas have helped it to develop a whole host of medieval, modern, Mediterranean and ancient architectural identities which can change from one district to the next, and produced by the creativity of great artists such as Jean Nouvel, Ricardo Bofill and Zaha Hadid. This makes it a fascinating place to wander around and means that even just going out for a ride on a bicycle is an amazing experience!
The streets here in Montpellier are simply teeming with life. In the city centre, the typically southern alleyways are home to antique dealers, craftspeople and designers, delicatessens and little restaurants all of which feel like closely-guarded secrets. Further on, the main squares are full of the bustle of the many colourful markets with their wonderful aromas - farmers’ and greengrocers’ markets, flower markets, flea markets, books and antiques markets , etc. Indeed, there’s enough at the Odysseum open-air shopping centre to keep you busy all day long, with an aquarium, a planetarium, an ice rink, a climbing wall, a freefall simulator, etc.