Montpellier is in the department of the Hérault which has a population of 896,441 covering an area of 6,101 km². Situated within the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, the region has a population of 2,295,648 covering an area of 27,376 km²
The capital of the Region is Montpellier, Montpellier has a local population of 255,080
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You can feel excitement vibrating in the air. The energy in this lively, modern city is attributable to its mayor, Georges Frêches. During more than two decades in office, this colorful mayor has moved Montpellier along by leaps and bounds without losing sight of its historic roots.
Polls reveal that Montpellier is the place where most of the French would like to live, work and play. This popularity seems to rise from Montpellier’s sunshine. Languedoc-Roussillon, of which Montpellier is the principal city, boasts more hours of sunshine than any other in France. The Mediterranean resorts of La Grande Motte, Carnot and Palavas are only a 20-minute-drive from Montpellier.
But sunshine is not all Montpellier has to offer. Because of its proximity to the sea, the city has long been a hub of commercial activity. The law and medicine branches of its university are among the oldest on the continent.
It has a dance festival and is a favorite venue on the itineraries of international performers of all kinds. In short, Montpellier is a commercial, cultural, academic and cosmopolitan centre.
As early as forty years ago, Montpellier could hardly have been described as dynamic. Its residents seemed to spend most of their time outside the city, on the beaches of the Mediterranean. But in the early 1960s, Montpellier was shaken up by the arrival of nearly 15,000 pieds-noirs, the Algerian-born members of France’s colonial community in Algeria. When these energetic and enterprising individuals had to leave Algeria to escape persecution during that country’s war of independence, they brought the energy of northern Africa into the sleepy south of France. Used to the hussle and bustle of Arab markets, they were first-class traders whose businesses began to take over the region’s established ones. That soon got the relaxed Montpellierain to stir. During this time Monpellier’s Polygone shopping center was built, and in the mid-1960s IBM established its biggest European site in Montpellier.
This city’s classy new tramway, the first in the south of France, opened, and there are plans to extend it right out to the sea. Car Hire is available from Montpellier Airport enabling you to discover the beauty of the surrounding area.