Sète Travel Guide

  • Gourmet Walking Tour
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  • Gourmet Walking Tour
    by VELISSA
  • Gourmet Walking Tour
    by VELISSA

Sète Things to Do

  • Gourmet Walking Tour

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    We were 2 couples visiting the Languedoc- Roussillon region and on our itinerary we get to see Sete which proved to be a big surprise as we didn't expect much of it...we arrived in the middle of the week ... everything was full of life, very nice canals with clean water , you can see the fish trough it ...boats of all sizes make it look ...

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  • Vineyards

    Vineyards of the Languedoc-Roussilon near Sete, as seen from the Gardiole hills. Typical for this department in the sense that vineyards in this area often occur in the coastal plains.

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  • Ruins of the Abbey of...

    Ruins of the Abbey of St.Felix-de-Montceau. It is safe to say that the abbey probably already existed in the year 1104. It started out as a Benedictine abbey, crossed over to the Cistercians, then reverted to the Benedictine order in the 15th century. After it was pillaged several times by bands of mercenaries ('routiers'), the monks settled inside...

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  • Sete - a wonderful surprise !!

    We were 2 couples visiting the Languedoc- Roussillon region and on our itinerary we get to see Sete which proved to be a big surprise as we didn't expect much of it...we arrived in the middle of the week ... everything was full of life, very nice canals with clean water , you can see the fish trough it ...boats of all sizes make it look ...

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  • GOURMET WALKING TOUR SETE (or...

    Join your English speaking host for an intimate and unique gourmet walking tour of Sète. Stroll the streets along the canals of the “Venice” of France, past historical buildings while sampling local specialities, meeting merchants and getting historical and cultural tips. The visit will include delights such as pastry, , cheese, wine and other...

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  • 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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Sète Hotels

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  • Le Grand Hotel

    We have not been to the Grand hôtel but they are given a good mention in reliable French guide...

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  • Le National

    I've cut and pasted hotel info as I don't know how to do a link. It cost my friend and I sharing a...

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  • Hotel Venezia

    Avenue Louis Tudesq, 34140, Sete, 34200, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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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    Doggy doo!

    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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    Tourist Office

    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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