Rives du Lez à vélo © Rives du Lez à vélo - crédit OT Montpellier

Montpellier in the heart of nature

Nature is present everywhere in Montpellier. The river Lez that crosses the city is its lung. A genuine paradise for runners, walkers and picnic lovers.

Hôtel de Ville de Montpellier © Hôtel de Ville - OT Montpellier M.Hess

It is true that the vegetation here is very lush.

But not everyone has the same dedication as the MHB athletes. This is the reason why Sophie and Marc prefer to take a walk with their young seven year old son in the Lunaret zoo. The park is one of the few in France to offer free entry to all.

"The lionesses, the bears, the cheetahs or the girafes are all good reasons to come and spend a fun and restful afternoon ". " And the zoo is as good as the most prestigious ones of France !", adds the mother, a vet in one of Montpellier metropolis municipalities.

From its source in Prades-le-Lez to its mouth in Palavas-les-Flots, the Lez river runs through Montpellier and offers permanent marvel all along its 29 kms.

The Lez is the Mackuc base, Montpellier’s kayak polo club, several times French champions. It is also the natural habitat to several magnificent swans. «If they settle here and reproduce, which is what is happening, it means that the river offers an ideal place to live» confesses Vincent Mouret, a Montpellier ornithologist.

The legend of the Lez

The river Lez is also a captivating setting full of legends. Such as that of the «Rocher de Substantion » which is located very near the natural reserve of Lunaret, a haven of peace for all walkers. According to the ancients, the night of Saint John (24th June) this famous rock would open and treasure would appear between the first and the twelfth chimes. According to the locals, some greedy human beings would have let themselves be lured inside the rock with no time to extract themselves. So watch out! You’ve been warned!

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