Montpellier is a city founded by the study of medicine. Things really began to take off for Montpellier when the Faculty of Medicine was established in 1220, leading to international recognition.
It was in 1181 that the Lord of Montpellier, Guilhem VIII, sanctioned anyone from anywhere to teach medicine. When the Faculty of Medicine was first established it did not have its own buildings. Lectures were held in the Regent's residence. Engravings in the anatomy museum reveal the reality of the teaching methods, depicting students watching dissections. An anatomy course was instituted by the University in 1340 and drew students from many countries in Europe. Many well known doctors came to train at Montpellier.
In 1556 a lecture theatre for cadaver examination was built. Botanical gardens devoted to medicinal plants were completed in 1593 by Dr. Richer de Belleval and can still be seen today. Interestingly, the University of Montpellier was granted a charter in 1220 and re-established after the French Revolution in 1896, making it one of the oldest universities in France.
Wine making is an significant tradition in Montpellier and one that tourists love to discover. Massive vineyards extend from the Rhone river to the base of the Pyrenees and are greatly varied. These incredible vineyards produce Muscat, red, white and rosé wines of outstanding quality. Many wine estates will offer tours and wine-tasting, a truly fascinating experience.
After visiting one or more of Montpellier's museums why not make your way to the Odysseum leisure complex. Relax at the Gaumont Multiplex. Get active at the Végapolis skating rink or explore outer space at the Galilée planetarium.
When planning a holiday to Montpellier, try and do so during one of their vibrant festivals. Festivals include those dedicated to cinema, theatre, dance and music, all of which are certain to keep you entertained.
Find out from your travel agent about a flight to Montpellier for your next vacation. There are many hotels in Montpellier to choose from. From budget to luxury hotels in Montpellier, you will find accommodation to suit your family. Price car hire in Montpellier to get around conveniently and for day trips to surrounding areas. A holiday in Montpellier will leave you feeling relaxed, revived and ready to go.