Not very long ago Montpellier was a quiet university city but over the last 50 years or so it has been considerably transformed. Its student population has risen tenfold and there have been some extremely impressive new architectural developments.
Now France’s seventh city it is arguably the most dynamic in the Mediterranean region and is renowned for the intellectual prowess and the modern outlook of its inhabitants whose average age is just 25 years.
Founded in medieval times there is surprisingly no evidence of Roman occupation. It was Spanish for a while until it was sold to the King of France in 1349. Nowadays it is the bustling capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon Region and of the département of Herault.