Discovering traditions and viticulture heritage
Cities throughout the greater Montpellier area have held on strong to their local culture and festive spirit. The seasons are punctuated by numerous games and traditional events. For example, bull runs rock village arenas from Spring to Fall.
DISCOVING VITICULTURE HERITAGE
The land in the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole area is predominantly dedicated to wine-growing. Vineyards cover more than half of the territory and local wines are served at the finest tables in France and abroad. The Wine Festival is one of the flagship events in the area, created to promote the high quality wines produced by wine makers in our territory. The festival takes place on Montpellier's central Place de la Comédie at the end of November each year, as well as in numerous cellars and estates around the area, attracting over 200,000 fans of our land's nectar.
Montpellier itself is an emblematic viticulture city within the Languedoc wine country. Even though some of the vineyards on the outskirts of the city end up being replaced by modern construction, the city territory still boasts some 130 hectares of farm-land planted with grapes (Flaugergues, Montaubérou, Valédeau, Méjanelle, Petit Grès, Mas-Nouguier, Bionne). For example, Château de Flaugergues (see below) is a Montpellier wine producer whose notoriety is second to none.
discovering architectural heritage
Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole monuments are a testimonial of past centuries. "Via Domitia," the first road built by the Romans in Gaul for communications with Rome, passes through our territory.
A quick history lesson…In the Montpellier region, "folies" refer to private mansions built under the "Ancien Régime" by nobility of office and city's rich bourgeois class. In French, "folies" meant "leaves", the name given to these "mansions in the fields", distinguished by their own specific architectural universe and organization. Montpellier's "folies" had their greatest moment during the XVIIIth century, influenced by local architects such as the Giral dynasty. Today, most of these buildings are classified or registered as historical monuments.
HISTORICAL CENTER: "L'ECUSSON"
The "Ecusson" district, named for its badge shape, offers pleasant walks and many fabulous surprises. Visitors meandering along the city's pedestrian streets come across buildings, plazas and courtyards, each more splendid than the other. The heart of Montpellier is filled with lively shopping streets where visitors can pick up something special or wander about discovering the downtown area's many quaint boutiques. And its numerous fascinating historical monuments, such as Tour de la Babote and Triumphal Arch.
Designed by architect Ricardo Bofill, the Antigone district leads you to Port-Marianne, an extension of the city towards the sea. Many internationally renowned architects have designed works in the area.
Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole is quite aware of how important it is to protect its environment and has worked to develop coherent and responsible environmental policies for the past twenty years. Upstream and downstream. Today, processing and recycling the waste produced in the territory represents an exemplary global approach.
The Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole area is delightful for nature lovers. It offers many kilometers of protected, natural beaches, including the Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone beach, completely free of all construction.
The marshlands of Pérols and Arnel, the protected Méjean site and the Rhône-Sête Canal reveal the changing colors of all the different times of day.
People enjoy walking among a variety of inland landscapes, from brackish and vineyard countryside to forests and olive groves... while chapels, quarries and Roman bridges decorate the hills and remind visitors of man's presence here over the centuries.
WASTE REDUCTION PLAN
For the past 15 years, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole has implemented direct, and proven-effective, policies in terms of environmental protection and sustainable development. In May 2011, a 5-year framework agreement was signed with ADEME to develop a Local Waste Prevention Program. The goal is to reduce household and related waste by 7% over the next 5 years.
AN AMBITIOUS WATER TREATMENT PROGRAM
Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole established an ambitious master-plan for waste-water purification to treat the waste-water from all cities in the territory as effectively as possible, and to protect waterways and marshes that are highly sensitive to pollution.
In addition, responsibility for handling "raw water" has recently been assigned to Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, in an approach similar to that for treating waste-water, to protect water resources and fully control the overall water process. The community's desire is to ensure the same service quality to all users while keeping control over rising prices to the benefit of the population.