Welcome to Montpellier
The population swelled in the 1960s when many French settlers left independent Algeria and relocated here, and it’s now France’s fastest-growing city and one of its most multicultural. Students make up over a third of the population, giving it a spirited vibe.
Unlike many southern towns, Montpellier has no Roman heritage. It was founded in the 10th century by the counts of Toulouse and later became a prosperous trading port as well as a scholarly centre – Europe’s first medical school was established here in the 12th century.