The city of Montpellier
Montpellier is located in the South of France, a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea. It is an exceptional destination.
A walk in Montpellier’s historic center is a delight in itself. The city has kept some reminders of its past with typical narrow streets that lead a curious walker from the central Place de la Comédie, to the vibrant Place Jean Jaurès or to the calm Place de la Canourgue.
A dynamic town, there are always a number of exciting new developments taking place, all designed to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants -tram lines which cut across this pedestrian-friendly city, cycling paths, sports facilities, old town museums and galleries presenting works by the region’s best contemporary artists. It is a city where cafés and restaurants, festivals and cultural shows are plenty.
Its historic charm, active cultural life and natural beauty make Montpellier an ideal place to be.
The city has medieval origins; its Faculty of Medicine and Royal Botanic gardens are the oldest in France. It is the 8th largest city in France, and the fastest growing in the country over the past 25 years. Nearly one third of the population are students.
Montpellier is an emblematic city located on the South coast of France on the Mediterranean sea. Rich in historic and contemporary treasures, Montpellier is an exceptional destination, full of character, at the heart of the Mediterranean arc.
The city’s medieval origins are visible from the charming narrow streets in the centre, the faculty of medicine, the royal gardens of Le Peyrou and other marvels which attract tourists from all over the world.
But it is also a modern, young and vibrant city, open to science, contemporary culture and leisure activities. Its population is the fastest growing in France over the past 25 years. Nearly one third of the population consists in students from the multiple universities in the city.
Tourist office : web site, location
City map : here
How to get to Montpellier
Montpellier is served by A9 and A75 motorways
The average journey time from Paris to Montpellier is 3 hours 20 minutes by TGV (high-speed train). The Montpellier Saint-Roch railway station is located in the city centre, 200 metres away from the Place de la Comédie (Montpellier main square) and 600 metres from The Corum Conference Centre.
The Montpellier Méditerranée international airport is located 8 km from the city centre. It is easy to get from the airport to Montpellier centre using the airport shuttle or by taxi. The airport shuttle departs from outside of the arrival hall, and is available about every hour, or in accordance to the arrival flights, seven days a week. The airport shuttle takes passengers to the Place de l’Europe which is located on the Montpellier tram lines 1 and 2 in about 15min.
All foreign nationals wanting to come to France must be able to submit statutory documentary evidence at the border for the reasons for their stay, their means of support and accommodation arrangements. As a rule, unless you are exempt, you are required to have a visa. It must be applied for from the relevant French embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of residence. More information can be found at: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa - (official letter of invitation available on request: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The meeting will take place at The Corum conference center, located in Montpellier city center (map). It is easily accessible to persons with limited mobility.
A large pedestrian area covers the heart of the city, including The Corum. Four tramway lines, of which three stop at The Corum, are the easiest way to access most parts of the city, in addition to a network of bus lines.
Montpellier transport office: here (in French only - please contact us or the Tourist Office for further information)
Bikes can be rented from a few shops, and also at any of the 46 “Vélomagg” stations, which are usually next or close to stops on tramway lines. One Vélomagg station is located next to the Tourist Office, 300 m from The Corum. Using Vélomagg is very convenient if you need a bike for a short duration (one to several hours). Use your credit card at the booking machines in each Vélomagg station.
Montpellier enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Weather in spring can be very pleasant, between 13-23°C on average. Check the weather on: www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-france/montpellier/34000
In and around Montpellier
For accompanying people or if you plan to extend your stay, Montpellier, 11 km from the Mediterranean sea, is an ideal spot for discovering a historical yet young city and its surroundings.
Have a look to these web pages to prepare your trip, and then pay a visit to the tourist office once in Montpellier (location):
The conference organizing committee will not handle accommodation of the participants. You are kindly requested to make your hotel reservations on your own.
There are many hotels within walking distance from the Corum, and you will have many options for accommodation. However, because Montpellier is an attractive area for tourism, we strongly advise you the make your hotel booking as soon as possible.
To help you in this matter, you will find below a list of hotels located either nearby the Corum, or outside the city center but with more affordable rates and with easy public transport connection with the Corum. Some of these hotels will make a special discount for EUCARPIA 2017 attendees. To get these fares, please contact directly the hotel by email (not through online reservations systems) and mention that you will attend the EUCARPIA 2017 conference.
List of hotels
The Montpellier Tourist Office website provides a larger hotel list : book.montpellier-france.com/en/accommodation
Where to eat in Montpellier
Many good restaurants can be found in Montpellier, offering all kinds of food at all prices.
Here is a list of places where to eat.
There are many others you will find by yourself.
All medical services are available in Montpellier. There are numerous pharmacies in the city. But note that very few of them are open on Sundays and public holidays (such as May 08). Your hotel reception should be able to advise you in case you need a pharmacy on May 07 or 08.
No vaccinations are required to enter France.
Mosquitoes should not yet be an issue in May, especially in the city center, but repellent might be useful during some of the field tours.
The 8th of May is public holiday in France. It celebrates the end of the 2nd World War.
Many stores (including the main shopping mall Le Polygone in the city center) and restaurants will be open, however. But some pharmacies will be closed, and the frequency on tramway and bus lines will be lower. Banks will be closed (as they are on Mondays anyway) but ATMs will of course remain accessible.
The electric current in France is 230V and the cycle is 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are widely used (plug & socket type C or E, www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets).