Montpellier

Place de la Comédie

General Information

Montpellier is the capital of the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. Only seven kilometers from the sea, the city lies midway between Spain and Italy in the heart of the Mediterranean basin.

Montpellier is located 52 km from Nîmes, 168 km from Marseilles, 248 km from Toulouse. It is at a distance of 750 km from the capital of France, Paris. Montpellier's highest point is the Place du Peyrou, at an altitude of 57 m. The city is built on two hills, Montpellier and Montpellieret, thus some of its streets have great differences of altitude. Some of its streets are also very narrow and old, which gives it a more intimate feel.

The city is situated on hilly ground 10 km (6 miles) inland from the Mediterranean coast on the River Lez. The name of the city,which was originally Monspessulanus, is said to have stood for mont pelé (the naked hill, because the vegetation was poor), or le mont de la colline (the mount of the hill).

You will find detailled information on Montpellier on the Tourist Office website and on the Town of Montpellier's website.

Note that Wednesday November 11 is Armistice Day and banks and some shops may not be open. Restaurants will be open however.

Weather

November averages-

  • High temperature 14c
  • Low temperature 6c
  • Average 11c
  • Precipitation 82mm
  • Days with precipitation 9
  • Days with thunderstorms 1
  • Days with fog 6
  • Windspeed 20kph from the north

Local Transportation

Montpellier offers a comprehensive network of buses and trams, available from 5 am to 1 am. Information on Montpellier local transports (TAM) (in French)

Taxis are also available upon call, or at the railway station, or the Comedie station.


Tram Taxi: 04 67 58 10 10
Blue Taxi: 04 67 03 20 00
Radio du Midi Taxi: 04 67 10 00 00
Languedoc Taxi: 04 67 10 03 04
2000 Taxi: 04 67 04 00 60

Banking and credit cards

Banks are open generally from 9:00 to 16:30 with a break at lunch time, from Monday to Friday. Cash machines can be found almost everywhere, even in the Corum conference center.

Shopping

Most shops are open from 9 or 10 am until 7 pm. On Sunday shops are closed. NOTE: Wednesday November 11th is Armistice Day so banks and other public services such as the post office will be closed. All restaurants will remain open.

Emergency numbers

15: Emergency ambulance service
17: Police
18: Fire Brigade

Insurance

French health care does not cover visitors to France. Please ensure that you have a suitable insurance coverage for the event of illness or accident. The organizing committee will not accept liability for personal injuries sustained by or for loss or damage to property belonging to the participants.

  Last Modified: 15 March 2010