Surrounded by water, Sete is a Mediterranean fishing capital and a port with maritime heritage flowing through its salty veins. Set on a lagoon beside the Mediterranean's waves, Sete's streets are interspersed with canals, and the historic Canal du Midi terminates here. Canal boats joust on the river during August’s festival, in this working city of breezy nautical charm. Known as the Venice of Languedoc, house facades front up against canal banks, while leisurely cruises offer romantic trips through this colourful, maritime city.
The ascent of Mount St-Clair is perhaps the best spot to appreciate this wonderful, watery setting, and you can also take in the bright frescoes of Chapel of Notre Dame de la Salette while you're there. Or, absorb the town’s deep fishing heritage with a harbour walk among the bobbing little boats, or within the preserved La Pointe Courte fisherman’s village. Sit down to sample the incredible sea life at fine restaurants, which plate up mounds of juicy oysters and shellfish, hauled ashore from the waters.
Swing golf clubs on rollercoaster coastal courses, or relax on mile after mile of golden beach, which stretch out along the spit nearby. Inland, discover rich medieval history, beautifully preserved at the walled city of Aigues-Mortes. Mighty Carcassonne UNESCO World Heritage Site also stands within reach, inviting you to enter a majestic fairy-tale citadel of fantasy turrets and imposing battlements. Step across the drawbridge and brush shoulders with armed soldiers and artisans, inside this living timewarp's immense ramparts.