Montpellier, a metropolitan town, and is located in the south of France midway between Spain and Italy only seven kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea. As the 8th largest city in France, Montpellier may have a plethora of events, sights and experiences to offer travellers at the end of this summer, with one such event potentially being the Montpellier Beach Masters 2016 competition; which for the 12th year in 2016 may enable volleyball competing teams, to aim for the grand title of Beach Masters.
This year, the festival endeavors to run from the 3rd of September through until the 10th, and celebrate the competitive volleyball community as well as the final week of the summer vacations. In addition to the matches between Italy, France and domestic teams, the event also endeavors to provide its guests with the opportunity to socialise, eat and drink together whilst enjoying the beaches near to which the event is located; whilst also aiming to supply amateurs with the chance to play volleyball socially by placing open-play courts in and around the main courts in the CC. Odysseum. Included in the line-up of artists heading the opening beach party are three experienced DJs: Don Simone, Dj Lolita and Zita Spagiari, who guests may listen to as they enjoy the free relaxation hub furnished by Ikea.
Montpellier as a town may also have a wide variety of opportunities for travellers when it comes to maximising the summer sun and sports, which aim to range from relaxing beaches to cultural activities. One beach which travellers may consider visiting could be the Palavas-Les Flots, which has undergone many drastic modernisations in its time that endeavor to make it a contemporary site for relaxation and leisure. One such attraction of interest may be the converted water tower, which after a change of direction regarding the site’s needs, went from being an obsolete tower to a convention centre with a restaurant and panoramic elevator. Also on offer on the beach may be a selection of sporting opportunities for those wishing to continue their physical enthusiasm after experiencing the Beach Masters competing, which may include gymnastics, football, archery and basketball.
Montpellier itself may offer more in the realms of cultural experiences and Mediterranean lifestyle through its traditional outdoor markets, elevated wine culture and gourmet dining opportunities. Also in the CC. Odysseum, where the volleyball tournaments aim to be held is the Aquarium Mare Nostrum, which is home to over 400 species of aquatic life. On Tuesdays through till Sundays, tourists may visit the Cabanes Market, where over 20 independent traders aim to supply visitors with a wide selection of produce and Mediterranean classics.
Alternatively, travellers may find themselves on a day trip to Saint-Geniès-des-Mourgues, a small village to the north-east of Montpellier which is surrounded by vineyards and orchards, and is fast approaching the millennial anniversary of its founding! If fine wine is more desirable to tourists, then there may also be a wide variety of tours, tasting events and cellars which may provide them with the opportunity to sample some of the cities most renowned wines and the farmers who produce them.
Whilst Montpellier may be considered as a desirable location for many more classical presumptions such as their wine, dining and beaches, events such as this may provide tourists with alternate activities and inspire locals to engage actively in sports and socialisation. It is unclear as of right now who may take the crown this year in the Beach Masters tournament, and only time may tell!
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