Montpellier may be famous for its wonderful gastronomy, but there is a lot to do in this city between meals. This city is one of Europe’s cultural capitals, and this is what we want to talk about today. There is a lot of culture in Montpellier, a lot of different museums, from the most classical to the ultra-modern. The culture lovers can get to Montpellier in just a few hours with Renfe-SNCF en Coopération and enjoy this lively and friendly city with family, friends or by their own. The result is always the same: an unforgettable experience and a wish to come again.
If you ever visit Montpellier you can be sure that boredom is not on the menu. You can practice a lot of leisure and cultural activities in Montpellier, like visiting the Old Quarter, seeing the Aquarium Mare Nostrum, taking a wine tour around the city, learning yoga, or cycling around the streets of this stunningly beautiful city. Your imagination is the limit. If you don’t know where to begin, here are the most important cultural spots in Montpellier, so you can choose your favourite or tour all of them.
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Montpellier is located 800 km away from Paris, 200 km from Marseille, and 400 km from Barcelona. It is conveniently situated so you can visit Montpellier at different times of the year and enjoy the special atmosphere of this town whenever you want. Culture in Montpellier has had its newest incorporation in 2013 with the opening of La Panacée.
La Panacée is a cultural space that can be found in the centre of Montpellier. It represents a whole new vision of culture, as there are not only expositions, but all kinds of activities from different disciplines and interests. Writing and painting meet visual arts and digital technology, creating a futuristic representation of the cultural life in Montpellier.
La Panacée was conceived as an encounter point of creation, experimentation, talent and the public. Young artists can find here advice and help and the public can visit the space for free and enjoy all the diverse artistic practices that happen here. It is a must-visit in Montpellier, especially for students, as it is connected to a universitary residence.
Montpellier museums and exhibitions
If you visit Montpellier, you cannot miss the Fabre Museum. This museum hosts yearly retrospectives and permanent collections of renowned painters, like Signac, Ribera, Zurbarán, Coypel, Allori, Delacroix, Reynolds or Caravaggio. It offers an overview of the culture in Montpellier and France during more than five centuries. An absolute must-visit.
Other places that the culture-lovers can visit in Montpellier are the Espace Saint Ravy, the Carrée Sainte-Anne, the Espace Dominique Bagouet, or the Pavillon Populaire, although there are many other cultural spots in Montpellier. You just have to visit it and discover all of them.
The Place de Comedie in Montpellier
Culture in Montpellier goes beyond the walls of the museums and cultural centres. All Montpellier is a big open museum that welcomes all types of artists and visitors. Montpellier wouldn’t be the same without the street artists. There are magicians, dancers, singers, actors, everything you can imagine. Many talented young people come here to show what they can do and try to amaze each and every one of the pedestrians on Montpellier streets.
Visit Montpellier Comédie Square for a taste of this unique atmosphere where you can even forget who you are and what you were doing and just stare to the performance. The rue de la Loge is another place where street artists like to perform and delight the passers-by. There are even ZATs, which stands from “Temporary Artistic Zone”, whose aim is to take the artists to different spots and present them to their potential audience.
Music is another big part of the culture horizon in Montpellier. There are plenty of bars, discos, concert halls, festivals and much more for the melomans. Some of the most famous spots that tourists visit in Montpellier are the Black Out, the Petite Scene, the Inglourious, the Irish Tavern or the Bric a Brac. There is a place for every musical taste, and even some of them mix two or more genres and create a unique sound.