Sète is a thriving, bustling town that has a proud and individual history. Its position as the prime port on France's western Mediterranean coast and its close links with North Africa give Sète its own very strong cultural identity, traditions and dialect. In addition, its proximity to the Etang de Thau ensures that the fish and seafood the town is noted for is always fresh and of the very best quality.
Sometimes known as 'The Venice of the Languedoc' due to the canals that run through the town, Sète has more than enough to interest the holidaymaker whether they are staying in the town itself or just visiting for the day from another glorious spot in the Languedoc. Guided tours abound: around the town for gourmets; on a fishing boat to discover 'pescatourism'; also on a boat to bring home the catch and sell it on the quayside: tastings at a wine Domaine; hikes above the town to discover the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean.
If you want to spend the day on the beach, then there is the 'corniche', a long, narrow strip of sand that separates the sea from the Etang. There is easy parking along here but the best way to get about is by bike along the cycle paths.
If watersports are your thing, or even if they're not but you'd like to try something out, then Sète offers a host of possibilities: diving, paragliding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, kayaking, motorboating. Basically, if it floats, you'll probably see it at Sète!
And when you've had enough sun and feel the need of a bit of culture, there are various museums for you to visit, including two dedicated to the town's favourite sons, George Brassens and Paul Valéry. Get a 'CityPass' and make savings on all your trips.
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