Sète and its region

Sète is said the Venice of the region due to its multiple specific charms. Between Mont St Clair which overlooks the fishing ports at its feet and the pond of Thau at its side, the sunny little town crossed by canal is always lively.

Paul Valery et Georges Brassens are the two famous sons of the town. Each of them paid particular tribute to the beauty of Sete which plays with the sea, the garrigues, the wines and the ponds.

A bit of history

Created by a royal decision in 1666 “cette” was erected by three men: Paul Riquet seeking an access onto the Mediterranean for the Canal du Midi, Louis XIV seeking a harbour for his royal ships and hoping to create an exporting port for the Languedoc products and the Knight of Clerville who was asked by Colbert for finding a suitable area to create a port.

The isle of Sète offers an exceptional experience. Side ports, fishing boats, recreational boats, ferries and the jousters coloured boats always bustle. In the old part of the town…


George Brassens, Paul Valéry, Jean Vilar, Hervé Di Rosa and Rosa Combas. Whats Sètes secret to creating artists? Come and see and you will find out!

The regional centre of contemporary art of the Langdoc – Roussillon, with L’espace Brassens, the Paul Valéry museum and the International des Arts Modestes museum, all show permanent and temporary exhibitions all year round.

The tourism office offer rather original audio route guides

L’espace George Brassens which is dedicated to the artist, is a lively venue thanks to new techniques of pictures and sound. Supplied with headphones, visitors can be guided by George Brassens who talks about his life and collections. To end the visit unseen films and recitals are shown in the video room.

The best places in Sète

The regional specialities include local produce from the sea and locally grown produce, both which mix very well together. We enjoy sea bass, fresh sardines and Tielle, a speciality of Séte, a pie which consists of cuttlefish mixed in a tomato sauce cooked on a wood fire. When in the hills, the land of the shrubbery, the vines and the olives, we grow grapes and press them with flavoured oil; this is done to liven up the fish and to quench the thirst at every good local table.

A must to see

Market with home made products in the Corniche: Thursday morning

Quay Général Durand: commonly known as the marina where there are many popular restaurants. The menu: fish of the Mediterranean and shellfish from the pond of Thau. Bouzignes, the oyster capital. There are also restaurants and bistros on the edge of the lake.

Frontignan: The land of Muscat the colour of gold which will delight your taste buds but must be consumed in moderation.

Marseillan: Visiting the wine cellars of Noilly Prat will require the same moderation as the previous visit.

Sète Festivals

All events on Tourism Office website.