17 weekend getaways around Montpellier

Sète

Are you in Montpellier on vacation, for an extended stay, or for an indefinite period? Would you like to explore the surrounding area for a weekend? Here are 17 ideas for weekend getaways around Montpellier that we recommend with your eyes closed!

Looking for weekend ideas around Montpellier? You’ve come to the right place! Montpellier is a pleasant city to visit, but also to experience, all year round! So whether you’re here for a few days or a lifetime, you’ll never be bored. As well as a great list of things to see and do, Montpellier is also surrounded by a splendid region.

It’s also an ideal crossroads for taking the road to more distant places… And in less than 3 hours, you can have a complete change of scenery for a weekend, whichever way you choose to travel.

Follow us as we help you get away from it all, with 17 weekend ideas around Montpellier!

1. The Camargue

Village de Camargue : Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Photo credit: Shutterstock – kavram

  • 📍 62 kilometers (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer)
  • 🚗 By car: 1h
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Aigues-Mortes, Salins du Midi, Scamandre nature reserve, 4×4 safari, visit to a manade, watch a Camargue race

Straddling the Bouches-du-Rhône and Gard departments, the Camargue is the ideal place to spend a weekend around Montpellier.

Set down your suitcases at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer or in the heart of the ramparts atAigues-Mortes, to be right in the middle of the action. Then set off to discover this astonishing place, with its exceptional natural setting.

By bike or on foot, by 4×4 or on horseback, there are 1,000 ways to visit the ponds and marshes of the Camargue… Don’t hesitate to go and meet the gardians in their manades, or climb on a salt camelle at the Salins du Midi.

And don’t forget to sample a gardianne de taureaux with Camargue rice, and watch a Camargue race!

2. Uzès

Uzès

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Sissoupitch

  • 📍 83 kilometers
  • 🚗 By car: 1h15
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: Haribo museum, town center, Place aux Herbes market, medieval garden, Pont du Gard

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway around Montpellier, we recommend Uzès. This small town in the Gard region is classified as a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire, and is internationally renowned for its rich heritage.

You’ll be charmed by its medieval streets, small shady squares, ducal castle and charming Renaissance townhouses.

On Saturday mornings, head for the huge Place aux Herbes market, followed by a terrace lunch. Stroll through its many charming stores and boutiques for an afternoon of strolling. And on Sundays, take on the Pont du Gard, just a few kilometers away, for a day of swimming and picnicking.

3. The Canal du Midi

Canal du midi

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Huang Zheng

  • 📍 30 kilometers (Sète)
  • 🚗 By car: 40 minutes
  • 📷 S ightseeing and activities: cycle or take a barge up the Canal du Midi, visit the Maison de la Haute-Garonne in the Port-Lauragais area, visit the locks, etc.

Europe’s oldest working canal awaits you for a weekend around Montpellier. From Sète, cycle, walk or take a barge up the canal or its banks in a peaceful atmosphere.

In the shade of the plane trees, you can choose the length of time that suits you best. The 240 km of waterways between Sète and Toulouse offer a wide variety of landscapes. As for the lock crossings, they’re sure to be one of the highlights of your trip!

4. The Ariege Pyrenees

Pyrénées ariègeoises

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Iakov Filimonov

  • 📍 237 kilometers (Foix)
  • 🚗 By car: 2h40
  • 📷 Things to see/do: hiking, dog sledding in winter

If you’re a sporty type looking for a weekend getaway around Montpellier, we have no hesitation in recommending the Ariege Pyrenees. In just over 2h30, you’ll be transported to the heart of the high and mid-range mountains of this iconic range.

On the program: skiing, hiking, biking, climbing and many other outdoor activities await you…

5. Gorges du Tarn

Canoë kayak dans les Gorges du Tarn

Photo credit: Shutterstock – xquero

  • 📍 177 kilometers
  • 🚗 By car: 2h
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: Sainte-Enimie, canoeing, hiking

Heading for the Gorges du Tarn is a great weekend idea around Montpellier, if you love adventure! Indeed, its famous canyons are an ideal playground for canoe enthusiasts.

On the other hand, if we have any advice to give you, choose the beginning or end of high season, to avoid getting stuck in a kayak jam at the entrance to a rapid. At the same time, you’ll have time to admire the impressive cliffs reflected in the crystal-clear water on which you’re floating.

History buffs won’t be outdone by a visit to the village of Sainte Enimie, Castelbouc castle or Prades castle. The Gorges du Tarn are a natural wonder not to be missed.

6. Thau Lagoon

Idées week-end autour Montpellier : Etang de Thau

Photo credit: Shutterstock – FredP

  • 📍 30 kilometers
  • 🚗 By car: 37 minutes
  • 📷 Things to see/do: oyster tasting in a cabin on the pond, Sète, diving

Looking for a weekend getaway around Montpellier that’s not too far away? Head for the iodized air of the Etang de Thau, less than 20 minutes away by car. This 7,500-hectare inland sea stretches over the communes of Sète, Balaruc-les-Bains, Bouzigues, Mèze and Marseillan.

This area boasts an extremely rich biodiversity and owes its fame to the cultivation of oysters and mussels, especially in Bouzigues. A visit to one of the oyster huts lining the lagoon is a must.

Many water sports are available on the pond, from strolling through the oyster beds to diving!

7. Collioure

Idées week-end autour Montpellier : Collioure

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Pani Garmyder

  • 📍 188 kilometers
  • 🚗 By car: 2h10
  • 🚆 By train: 2h15
  • 📷 S ightseeing, coves and beaches, port, Saint-Vincent festival, anchovy tasting, Banyuls-sur-Mer

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway around Montpellier, you’ve come to the right place! Head forSpain, and stop off in this little village with its pronounced Catalan influence.

On the Mediterranean coast, discover an authentic setting, the Spanish way of life and a protected environment. The bay of Collioure is a must-see, having seduced many expressionist painters before us, such as Picasso and Matisse.

Don’t hesitate to visit the surrounding villages, such as Port-Vendres or Banyuls-sur-Mer, and don’t leave without tasting the speciality: anchovies!

8. Cévennes

Où loger dans le parc national des Cévennes : Anduze

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Lamax

  • 📍 127 kilometers (Florac)
  • 🚗 By car: 2h15
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: Florac, Anduze, hiking, sports activities

Are you looking for a weekend getaway around Montpellier to enjoy nature and peace and quiet? Then there’s nothing like the Cévennes! Located to the north of Montpellier, they stretch from Mont-Aigoual to the gateway to the Mediterranean.

A veritable natural gem, the park offers not only superb panoramas, but also a wide range of activities and things to see. From swimming in summer to hiking in spring, mushroom picking in autumn and skiing in winter, whatever the season, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

9. Nîmes

Visiter le Gard : Nîmes

Photo credit: Shutterstock – saiko3p

  • 📍 57 kilometers
  • 🚗 By car: 1h
  • 🚆 By train: 25 minutes
  • 📷 Things to see and do: Arena, Maison Carrée and other Roman remains, Jardins de la Fontaine, Musée de la Romanité, historic center

So close and yet so different… Welcome to Nemausus, one of the most important colonies in the Roman world.

We no longer need to introduce you to the world-renowned Arènes or Maison Carré. There’s no doubt about it, your weekend will be well spent in this exciting city. Places like the Jardins de la Fontaines and the Musée de la Romanité are not to be missed.

Stroll through downtown Nîmes, before settling down at a café terrace in the Place du Crocodile – the city’s emblem – for a refreshing break.

And if you like crowds and partying, a word of advice: go during the Féria. Bodega, corrida, sangria and paella are the 4 words that will sum up your weekend around Montpellier.

10. Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park

Photo credit: Shutterstock – PAUL ATKINSON

  • 📍 170 kilometers
  • 🚗 By car: 2h25 (Castres-Mazamet)
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: Olargues, hiking, outdoor activities

The Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc offers a wealth of things to see and do over a weekend around Montpellier. Straddling the departments of Tarn and Hérault, it is nationally recognized for its exceptional heritage and landscape values.

And there’s no shortage of things to do! From outdoor activities to visits to picturesque villages, wine tasting and magnificent cultural sites, you won’t know where to turn!

11. The Spanish border

Figueras

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Vladimir Sazonov

  • 📍 209 kilometers
  • 🚗 By car: 2h10 (Figueras)
  • 📷 What to see and do: Dalí Museum-Theatre, Girona old town, beach and fiesta at Lloret de Mar

And yes, going abroad is a great idea for a weekend around Montpellier! Figueras is only 2 hours away, Girona 2h30 and Lloret de Mar 3 hours… So much to do!

A short roadtrip is the ideal way to discover northern Catalonia. Take a break in Figueras to visit the Dali theater-museum, then linger longer in beautiful Girona. Here, discover the old town, photograph the banks of the Riu Onyar and visit the monumental cathedral.

If you prefer to party and enjoy the resort atmosphere, head for Lloret de Mar and its renowned nightlife! On the way back, stop off at Le Perthus for a spot of shopping… A great way to combine business with pleasure.

A busy weekend around Montpellier!

12. Toulouse

Idées week-end autour Montpellier : Place du Capitole, Toulouse

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Henryk Sadura

  • 📍 240 kilometers
  • 🚗 By car: 2h35
  • 🚆 By train: 2h
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: Cité de l’Espace, Place du Capitole, Quais de la Garonne

Let’s go for a weekend around Montpellier, in the pink city! Toulouse and its many colors are only 2h30 away by car. With almost 500,000 inhabitants, Toulouse is France’s 4th largest city.

And a weekend won’t be too long to explore it, as there’s so much to see and do. These include the Jacobins Convent, the banks of the Garonne, Place du Capitole and the Cité de l’Espace.

Your taste buds will delight in south-western specialities, violet sweets and pains au… Sorry, chocolatines!

13. Les Alpilles

Idées week-end autour Montpellier : Les Alpilles

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Oleg Znamenskiy

  • 📍 100 kilometers (Les-Baux-de-Provence)
  • 🚗 By car: 1h25
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: Les-Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, hiking, sports activities

The Alpilles is a mountain range not far from Marseille, and a must-see for a weekend around Montpellier. Stay in a pretty Provencal hotel in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, for example, and set off to discover this little jewel. Here, pine forests stand side by side with olive groves, whose green contrasts with the limestone cliffs.

Renowned for its many hiking trails and rock-climbing cliffs, even the most athletic will be delighted. Gourmets will be tempted by an olive oil or wine tasting, and the curious will enjoy a light projection in the Carrière des Lumières.

14. Carcassonne

L'Aude avec vue sur la cité de Carcassonne

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Riska Parakeet

  • 📍 150 kilometers
  • 🚗 By car: 1h40
  • 🚆 By train: 1h20
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: La Cité, La Basilique Saint-Nazaire, La maison de la Truffe

The fortified medieval town of Carcassonne is a must-see weekend getaway around Montpellier! This little medieval jewel promises memorable moments. Its 3 kilometers of ramparts and 52 towers, enclosing a charming and lively old town, will make you feel very small indeed.

The Basilique Saint-Nazaire and the Château Comtal are also not to be missed. Last but not least, don’t leave without trying a real cassoulet.

15. The Hérault hinterland

Idées week-end autour Montpellier : Visiter Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Inu

  • 📍 42 kilometers
  • 🚗 By car: 45 minutes (Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert)
  • 📷 What to see / What to do: Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Lac du Salagou, hiking, sports activities

This little natural nugget is well worth a visit for a weekend around Montpellier. In just a few minutes’ drive, you can discover exceptional sites such as Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, the Pont du Diable and the Cirque de Navacelles.

Sports and nature lovers will be delighted, in the heart of this incredibly rich and diverse heritage. And don’t miss a day on the red earth of Lac du Salagou, or an evening of wine-tasting in the Pic Saint Loup wine region.

16. The Luberon

Idées week-end autour Montpellier : Vue aérienne Luberon

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Simon Dannhauer

  • 📍 144 kilometers (Roussillon)
  • 🚗 By car: 2h10
  • 📷 Things to see & do: Roussillon, the Colorado Provençal at Rustrel, Sénanque Abbey, Luberon Regional Nature Park

The lavender fields, the sun, the cicadas… Even if the last 2 are also present in Montpellier, they are the true symbols of this bucolic and photogenic region.

The Luberon awaits you, with its lavender fields and distilleries, as well as the Abbaye de Sénanque in Gordes. And don’t forget to explore the French Colorado of Rustrel, where the ochre earth will transport you to the American continent. And don’t forget the castles, picturesque villages and windmills…

How about a weekend around Montpellier in Provence?

17. Mont Aigoual

Idées week-end autour Montpellier : L’observatoire du Mont Aigoual, à visiter dans le Parc National des Cévennes

Photo credit: Shutterstock – Lamax

  • 📍 99 kilometers
  • 🚗 By car: 1h50
  • 📷 Things to see/do: Mont Aigoual observatory, hiking, skiing

Just 1h30 from Montpellier, take to the skies and discover the Mont Aigoual region. It’s the ideal place to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and quiet for a weekend around Montpellier.

In winter, take a trip to the small ski resort of Aigoual, in the hollow of the Col de Prat-Peyrot. It offers 11 downhill ski runs, cross-country ski trails, snowshoe trails and a toboggan run. Something for the whole family!

The rest of the year, Mont Aigoual offers lush vegetation and shady footpaths. And don’t miss the observatory, with its splendid panorama in every season!