You say nothing about yourself, your interests or what kind of cities you like, so it is impossible for anyone to say which will be best for you.
But if you are heading off to Barcelona afterwards, Montpellier makes more sense geographically.
Indeed. Nice is an 10 hour train ride from Barcelona, or another flight.
Nothing wrong with Montpellier, nice town and only 4 hours from Barca by train.
Nice is a bustling coastal city (part of a 5m conurbation) with all that brings in terms of pollution, congestion, etc. There are many attractions. There are large numbers of retired Parisians living in apartment blocks.
Montpellier is 8km from the coast and part of a 0.5m conurbation with a pedestrianised centre. It is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region and has a wide choice of galleries and museums. Montpellier has 80,000 students and a vibrancy not found in Nice.
I have been to both places and I find Nice is too commercialize but if shopping and busy you want then Nice is the place. I prefer Montpellier, a beautiful city alternative to Paris living and very walkable so no need for car. That said, two trams will serve your local travel needs but if you need to head to the beach then there are buses.
I have enjoyed visiting Montpellier its' a pleasant city and i expect to go back there in the near-ish future to see an exhibition , but to me it seemed more like a city than Nice does.
From a quick look at kayak.fr it appears that flights from Nice are considerably cheaper than flights from Montpellier - at least on the several random dates i picked
Both Montpellier and Nice have certain similarities to paris
Nice is also very walkable and absolutely no need for a car.
Nice also has brilliant and very cheap transport links along the coast and into the mountains .
The bus journey from Nice to mountains 1.5 or 2 hours by bus = 1 euro
It is also very easy to visit Monaco or Italy for a day trip
There are lots of museums and galleries in Nice [almost all are free entry] in Nice and a wide selection along the coast -this area is especially good if you like art due to the number of artists atelier museums
Nice also has fabulous views, natural parks ,and the sea
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