In a country famous for its gorgeous scenery and high culture, Montpellier knows how to captivate. Cue mild Southern French weather, trees along the picturesque esplanade softly swaying in the wind, and strolls around the chic and modern Antigone quarter. This newly developed neighbourhood houses a rich array of neo-Classical buildings, with cafés and restaurant terraces to enjoy local wine and Mediterranean food outdoors. Pastis is the local go-to liqueur, excellent before any meal. Nearby Carnon Plage is a beach that can be reached by bike, or taxi if your legs need a rest, although the handy VéloMagg machines make renting bikes in Montpellier a breeze. A little further along the coast lies Palavas les Flots, which is a particularly popular spot for sunbathing, not to be missed during your weekend break. Those fond of wine will enjoy a tour to the vineyards in the region, including a tasting of all-time favourites like Macabeu and Picpoul. And finally, a night out at Place de la Comédie in Montpellier is the perfect way to round off your weekend trip.