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Montpellier Holidays Overview
Montpellier is a city in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. It was founded in the tenth century and by the medieval period had become a prosperous town and a centre of trade. Europe’s first medical school was founded in Montpellier in the twelfth century. The population of the town increased noticeably when French settlers left independent Algiers in the 1960s and settled in Montpellier.
Modern day Montpellier is a busy, thriving, self confident city and almost a third of the population are students. It is a pedestrian friendly city, with a pedestrianised historic centre and over a thousand bikes that can be borrowed to ride around the area. Montpellier is a rapidly expanding city with a modern transport network, including high speed trams that crisscross the centre.
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Printemps des Comediens
Held each year in June, at the Domaine d’O in the Parc Euromedecine, the Printemps des Comediens is a popular theatre festival in Montpellier. Founded in 1987 the festival features different types of performers each year.
The Montpellier Dance Festival is held each year for two weeks in June or July, and was established in 1981. It features performances of a wide variety of dance types from ballet to hip hop to flamenco. Each year the festival has a specific theme that the performances are geared towards.
Festival de Radio France
The Festival of Radio France and Montpellier is held over two weeks in the second half of July and features excellent performances by classical and jazz musicians, as well as many other types of music. There are competitions in various musical categories including young soloists, reggae, and electronic music.
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Flights from Australia to Montpellier take around twenty seven to twenty nine hours. Air France combines with Emirates to provide a route via Dubai and Paris, or with Qantas to provide a route via Singapore and Paris.