Sète Travel Guide

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Sète Things to Do

  • Flowers and butterflies

    One of Jennie's favourite subjects: flowers (preferably with butterflies). As seen on the slopes of Gardiole.

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  • Musée Paul Valéry, Cimetière marin

    Photo 1 shows the western part of Sète and the direction to the Paul VALÉRY museum. He is a famous French writer, philosopher and poet. He was born in 1871 in Sète and died in Paris in 1945.On the left, the famous cemetery of the city. It was named « Cimetière Saint Charles ». As Paul Valéry wrote in 1922 a famous poem entitled « le Cimetière marin...

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  • Phare Saint Louis

    Photo 1. Phare Saint Louis (Saint Louis light House) stands at the end of “môle Saint Louis” (Saint Louis breakwater). It was built in 1690.On the left the “Criée aux Poissons”, better seen on the next photo.Photo 2. The “Criée aux Poissons” (fish market) has been built in 1970. It is a very busy place. Between 1500 and 3000 batches of fishes are...

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  • Water jousts

    Water jousts is a tradition in the whole Languedoc. However, the Sète jousts are the most popular. The first joust took place in 1666 to celebrate the foundation of the city and of the harbor.The site of Sète’s Tourist office gives general information about the joutes.However, if you want to learn more about the %L[www.joutes.com ]Joutes., they...

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  • Maison Joseph EUZET, 17 quai Léopold...

    Photos 1 and 2. At 17 quai Léopold Suquet (formerly quai Noël Guignon) stand a house with carved grapes hanging everywhere in the front. It was the house of Joseph, Baptiste EUZET (1860-1945) a wealthy wine broker.Photos 3 and 4 allow to view better the mosaic between level 2 and 3 with the name of Joseph Euzet, the Greek pattern border above the...

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  • 23, 24, 25 and 27 Quai Noël Guignon

    Photo 1. At 23 quai Noël Guignon stands a1910-1920 neo-classical building. I have not got any information about it.Photo 2. Next door, at 24 an 25 quai Noël Guignon stand two houses that looks a bit older (1880-1890). No information about them neither.Photo 3. At 27 quai Noël Guignon stands another turn of the century building. No information about...

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  • 11 quai Noël Guignon

    11 quai Noël Guignon stand another amazing house. It obviously has been built later than the previous ones as it is in Art Nouveau style. Moreover, on top, a medallion bears : « ANNO 1910 »Photo 1. The bottom of the building is not that impressive and it is difficult to look at, as there is little perspective. Photo 2 shows at the upper level more...

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  • Monoprix, 7 quai de la Résistance

    Photo 1. Monoprix building, 7 quai de la Résistance seems to have been built at the turn of the century. Until 2004, it was named Prisunic, which means exactly the same : one price !I have found that Georges WYBO (1880-1943), a French architect, designed after 1931 more than a dozen Prisunic shops, all over France. However, I doubt that he has been...

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  • 16 Quai de la Résistance

    Photo 1 and 2. Just by the Grand Hôtel, 16 quai de la Résistance, also at the corner with Rue Gabriel Peri but on the other side of stands an equally beautiful building. I have not been able to find any information about it but it should have been built around the same time than the Grand Hôtel (1882). Four caryatids support the balcony.Photo 3....

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  • Grand hotel, 17 Quai Maréchal de Lattre...

    Photo 1. Le Grand Hôtel is a elegant building standing 17 Quai Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, along the Canal Royal, at the corner with Rue Gabriel Peri. It was built in 1882 in Belle Époque style but I have not found the name of the architect.Photo 2 is the entrance into the hotel’s restaurant.Photo 3 is another shot of the hotel.Rooms are said...

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  • Net fixing

    I was lucky to get this series of photo when one of the boats had hoisted up his nets on top of the mast in order to check them and eventually fix the parts that needed to be mended. Once everything was fine, they began to fold it on the bridge, ready for next fishing party.

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  • Fishermen boats

    Photo 1. It always surprises visitors to see the fishermen boats right in the city center!Photo 2. When some of them spread their nets (see next tip) that even add to the landscape!Photo 3. Fishermen boats are moored on both sides of the Canal Royal.

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Sète Restaurants

  • Sea Food Apero for a real taste of Sete...

    nybhygMarket Hall in the city center is at heart of all people living in Sete; it's a popular place, locals invaded, and a custom for many of people living there.In the very centre of the Market Hall, a bunch of simple tables next to a Sea Food merchant.Here you are, go to order some fresh seafood ( from the morning fishing) and compose your owns...

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  • Vietnamian cooking for a change!

    Though I had to list it here under "Chinese restaurant", Le Jasmin is not a Chinese restaurant but a Vietnamian restaurant, which is fairly different. They have an excellent cooking. The customers are mostly locals and you have better book in advance as it is often packed. The owner/manager is very welcoming. We had:Fried Wan-Thanh My-xao with...

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  • Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!

    There are plenty of restaurants along the quay. None are bad but some are better than others. In les Goëlands, we had a Rouille Sétoise and a Plateau de Fruits de mer (same than in Le Jacaré)

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  • Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!

    DSC00491.jpgMacaronade de cigalesA dish with small locust lobster cooked in a tomato sauce seasoned with garlic, thyme, sage, etc, and served with spaghettis.DSC00492.jpgMoules à la crèmeMussels cooked with cream.

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  • Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!

    Photo 1. Rouille sétoise. A yummy local dish with squid cooked until smooth in a tomato sauce seasoned with garlic, thyme, sage, etc. A dish not to miss!Photo 2. Plateau de fruits de mer. Sorry, the photo is blurred. Raw mussels and oysters served with cooked (cold) shrimpsPhoto 3Photo 4. Colonel. Lemon sorbet sprinkled with vodka.

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  • Great cooking, good price

    Been there a few times and would strongly recommend.The chef must have worked in some Michelin restaurants as the cooking is inventive and of a high standard. The prices are good for the quality on offer. The truffe au chocolate is excellent. Had a great magret de canard and The rack of lamb is worth a try.It's at 6 rue de savonnierie, across the...

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  • Great entrecote!

    We had the Plat de Jour here after having a relaxing coffee and deciding to stay put.We tried to translate other items on the menu but were stuck on gresiers and magret- so went with the Plat! We all had the escalope de veau, with frites and salad- great value for 9.50 Euros.It was served on huge plates- great for us greedies!We asked the waiter...

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  • A must try.........

    THE RESTAURANT IT RIGHT NEXT TO THE HARBOUR, AS WITH MOST FRENCH EATERIES IT HAS TABLES OUTSIDE ASWELL AS TABLE IN THE SHADE. WE CHOOSE AN TABLE JUST INSIDE (SO STILL GETTING THE HEAT OF THE SUN BUT IN THE SHADE) THIS IS ONE OF THE SMALLER PLACES ON THE FRONT.THE SERVIS WE GOT WAS VERY FRIENDLY TO OUR LITTLE FRENCH. AND ALWAYS MAKING SURE WE WERE...

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  • Noisy location but good value for money

    This restaurant is in the middle of the road near the casino in La Corniche which makes eating outside a bit noisy with the traffic going by on both sides but then again that's a problem with pretty much every restaurant in this area. The set menus are particularly good value - around €17 for 3 courses.

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Sète Transportation

  • Cruises

    Several companies offer cruises of various length, from one hour to a full day, either in the Bassin de Thau or at sea. Sète Croisière is one of them. We did not try it and I cannot advise it more than any other.However, I have a doubt about boats that offer a sea view through a glass bottom or glass sides: I doubt that the water might be clear...

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  • Train trip to Agde.

    We took the local train to the ancient city of Agde.It was a dull day,(one of many this trip), so decided to go further afield.The journey took 8 minutes and went all along the edge of the Etang de Thau.Fare was 5 Euros.The area here produces the Listel wine and salt, from the salt flats along this spit of land between Sete and Agde.We were able to...

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  • Funny little local trains!

    A little,2 compartment train runs to Montpellier every 15 minutes,approx.It has a huge toilet right in the middle of the compartment,which can be a bit smelly!Strange place to put it?Mainline,TGV trains run to Carcassonne,Beziers,etc.from Sete.It takes about an hour to Carcassonne.Lovely picturesque ride.They also go east to...

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Sète Local Customs

  • The bollard cafe.

    This is more a 'funny' than a tip!My friend and I were sitting outside this cafe- watching the world go by, whilst having a delicious coffee.The road was closed to traffic, except for certain authorised vehicles.At the end, nearest the cafe, was a large bollard in the middle of the roadway.We noticed, after a while, that the bollard automatically...

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  • Tielle recipe.courtesy of tourist office...

    The Tielle -Octopus tart Ingredients for 6 people:Filling:1 kg of flour1 teaspoon of yeast.1 kg of octopus250 grams of tomato pasteGarlicParsley1 bay leafPinch of hot pepper.Dough:Make a simple bread dough using water and the flour and yeast.Filling:Cook the octopus in a court bouillon.Meanwhile, brown the sliced onion in a frying pan, add the...

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  • Tielles--octopus tart.

    This is a speciality of Sete.It looks delicious but I have never had the courage to try it!Updated-June 2007.I have now eaten two!First one in a restaurant was overcooked- dry and burnt at the edges.The second one we bought in a patisserie and took it for our return train journey picnic.It was delicious.Octopus 'pulpe' cooked in a tomato sauce-...

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Sète Warnings and Dangers

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    by diosh Written Jun 28, 2007

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    Keep your eyes skinned whilst walking around.The pavements are covered in dog excrement!

    It's disgusting.We all had one unfortunate incident- that required complete washing of our shoes.

    Doggy bags are available on most streets and bins to put the muck in-- but neither are used.

    This visit was much worse than we've ever seen.

    Be warned- always look down.

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Sète What to Pack

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    by JLBG Updated Jan 5, 2010

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    Luggage and bags: The Tourist office of Sète has an excellent site, with a lot of information. Moreover, it is presented in 8 languages: French, Catalan, Spanish, English, German, Dutch and Russian. Most of the time, only large cities have so many languages!

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Sète Off The Beaten Path

  • Loupian

    Loupian is a small village with 1.500 inhabitants, 1.5 km north to Mèze. The outstanding “Villa Gallo-Romaine de Loupian”, though standing on the territory of Loupian is closer to Mèze than to Loupian village. It is actually just outside the city center of Mèze.For more, visit my Loupian page.

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  • Mèze

    Mèze is a 10.000 inhabitants city on the Bassin de Thau. It is a very old city, built by the Greeks, Vith BC. The city is mostly dedicated to mussels and oysters growing. It has of course a great many sea food restaurants.For more, visit my Mèze page.

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  • Montagnac

    Montagnac, in Occitan Montanhac, is a 3,500 inhabitants town, 5 km north east to Pézenas with an interesting church. Église Saint André (Saint Andrew church) was built from the XIIth to the XIVth.It has also several mansions such as Hôtel Rey de Vissac, Hôtel de Rat and Hôtel de Pegat.For more, visit my Montagnac page (to come)

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Pézenas
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Canal Royal
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Palais consulaire
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Panoramic views
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Door knockers and other unusual street furniture.
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Lounging on the beach.
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Go to the Building at the top of St. Clair
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A visit to the ancient town of Agde.
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Wandering about.
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Boat trips .....great value for money.
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ofcause the beach....
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Carcassonne Castle
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Camargue horses.
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Sete-boats.
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The main canal--and the Quai de la Resistance.
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Sete-beach
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Sete-Oyster fishing
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Scenes of Sete
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Bastille night-Sete
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Fiddling fishermen! Sete
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Wafting in the wind.
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Legs Eleven!
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Traditional Bar.
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Setois boats-resting!
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Setois boats-resting!
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Jousting at Sete
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