Hello everybody! We are Rudy and Julien, from Lyon, France. We enjoyed a one-week holiday in Montpellier, the most populated French town in Languedoc-Roussillon. It is the first time we have seen so many wheelchairs in a French city!!!
If you arrive by train at the St Roch Station, you can benefit from SNCF service “Accès Plus.” Montpellier has four tram lines to move in the city, so do not hesitate! Indeed, all the lines are equipped with low floors, at the height of station platforms.
We stayed in Antigone, a neoclassical district with Greek inspirations. Antigone is connected to the Place de la Comédie, the heart of the city, by Polygone Mall. You can use elevators, automatic doors, and a ramp to go easily from one place to another. At the Place de la Comédie, every Friday night from June to September there is a festival called “Les Estivales” that offers entertainment with wine tasting, a nighttime market, and concerts. You will surely have a good time! The tourist office is located on the Place de la Comédie. From here, you can visit the historical center, also called “L’Ecusson,” but be careful because the streets are often steep and made of cobblestones.
Besides Peyrou’s Ballad and Triumphal Arch, visit Plants Park. This lovely place has an accessible entrance, right next to the main door. Furthermore, you might enjoy a stroll along the bank of the Lez, a coastal river whose source supplies the city with water. Access is easy following the bike path.
In Montpellier, you can also go swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, which is only 6.84 miles away! You can easily go to Carnon and Palavas-Les-Flots Beaches by tram and bus. In Palavas, we tested an accessible beach near the bus station. It has a ramp to avoid wheeling on the sand. A Tiralo is then used to enter the water. Moreover, an accessible toilet and shower are right next to the beach.
The new district of Port-Marianne is not far. There is a nice pool, Jacques Coeur, where athletes practice wakeboard during the summer. Another idea for swimming in Montpellier is at Antigone’s Olympic Pool. At the entrance, an elevator goes to the locker room. There are larger changing rooms and lowered lockers. The leisure pool is accessible through a system launch.
We also advise you to go to Montpellier’s Aquarium, in the commercial district Odysseum. It is very interesting and fully accessible. After the visit, you will find several restaurants next to the aquarium.
And if you want to discover Montpellier’s surroundings, why not spend a day in the lovely town of Sète? Only a quarter of an hour away by train, you can visit the city and its canals, attend water jousting, walk on the cliff road, and even swim at an accessible beach!
For more details about our trip to Montpellier, find the full description and links on our website “Handilol Travels,” but sorry, it is only in French.