Villa Les Sables
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Destination Guide: Sète
Sète is a pretty French town on the Mediterranean coast, characterised by rows of little pastel houses and a traditional fishing port. It sits roughly halfway between Montpellier and Cap d’Agde. This old fashioned jewel is known as the Venice of the Languedoc region, and it just oozes Gallic charm. Ancient canals criss-cross the town and outlying area, and are still in use today. Sète is a busy working port, full of laden fishing boats and not overly reliant on tourism.
A large salt water lagoon, full of oyster and mussel beds stretches out behind the town. Sète is built around a hill, the Mont St-Clair, and its sandy beaches form narrow spits on either side, bordering the sea and the lagoon. The local residents scoot around on little boats, using the canals. These waterways are also the venue for the annual boat jousting tournament which goes on through the summer to its grand finale at the end of August.
There are eight miles of beautiful Mediterranean beaches around Sète, some quiet and some more lively, such as La Fontaine beach. Visitors come mainly for the sunshine, walking, cycling, and laid-back atmosphere. The town is home to many artists and musicians, and has an impressive centre for contemporary arts. There is plenty to see and do, from annual music festivals to the daily clamour of the fish auction house.
Accommodation in Sète ranges from the modest to the truly luxurious. Boutique hotels and upmarket private villas provide a high comfort factor amidst the rustic charm of this historic port town. The nearest airports to Sète are either Beziers or Montpellier.
Best places to eat and drink in Sète
The locally grown mussels and oysters, and the freshly caught fish are one of the main attractions of Sète. A wealth of unpretentious seafood restaurants serve up delicious, fresh fish, straight out of the sea. The Grand Canal in the centre of town is full of such eateries, but it is worth delving into the back streets to find hidden gems too.
There are buzzing canalside bars and restaurants along the Quai de la Resistance, where you’ll find seafood on the menu, and a strong Italian influence. One of the best restaurants in Sète is le Paris Mediterranée, which has a Parisian bistrot style. It is also worth seeking out Les Demoiselles Dupuy for spectacular shellfish dishes. Don’t forget to order the local aperitif, Noilly Prat, to wash down your gourmet fare.
Best time to visit Sète
Sète has a warm and dry Mediterranean climate and is a great place to visit at any time of year, but is at its best in the summer months.
What we love about Sète
We love the unspoilt seaside charm and unusual, bohemian air of Sète. The fact that it is a real working port, not just a tourist attraction, gives it the edge over other Mediterranean hotspots.
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