A sightseeing tour of Sète
Looking for a change of scenery and an escape? Stay at Camping Sète, as Paul Valéry called it, and enjoy the wonders of one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful fishing and trading ports!
Discover the city of Sète
A unique maritime city, Sète is located in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region. It was founded on July 29, 1666, at the instigation of Louis XIV, who wanted to link the Canal du Midi to the Mediterranean.
Despite this, the commercial port didn’t really take off until 1820, with increasing traffic in wine, sulfur, wood, grain and iron.
Today, although sea-related activity is still essential to the local economy, Sète attracts thousands of visitors every year for its unique cultural wealth.
It has to be said that the city boasts many tourist attractions : beautiful beaches and a vibrant cultural life with music, theater, poetry and spring festivals…
and city charm
Enjoy Sète’s most beautiful beaches
- Lazaret beach: with a sandy stretch over 100 m long, this beach has the advantage of being close to the town center.
- La plage de la Corniche: a series of coves, this beautiful beach is located at the start of the Promenade de la Corniche, near the Canal des Quilles and the Sète stadium.
- La plage des Quilles: located after the canal and the Port des Quilles, this beach has the advantage of being protected from the wind by various dykes.
- Lido beach: a quiet beach where it’s easy to find a place to sit. Restaurants, a parking lot and a children’s playground are located at the beginning of the beach.
- Jalabert beach: on the Marseillan road, not far from the Etang de Thau. It is characterized by itswild environment and well-developed dunes.
Top 5 things to see and do in Sète
As well as sightseeing and relaxing on the beaches, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Sète, but there are some activities that really can’t be missed. We invite you to discover the 5 best of them:
- Visit the town center: it’s impossible to visit Sète without passing through the town center, which exudes a unique charm. Once there, explore the quays of Charles Lemaresquier and the Promenade Jean Jean-Baptiste Mary, which is littered with restaurants serving delicious seafood dishes.
- Visiting museums: Sète is packed with museums that are well worth a visit. To discover thehistory of the port of Sète, visit the Musée de la Mer, which houses an impressive collection of model ships. Other museums worth seeing include the Georges Brassens Museum and the Paul Valéry Museum.
- Climb Mont Saint-Clair: a former island in the Mediterranean Sea, now urbanized, this mountain still abounds in beautiful wooded areas, perfect for strolling and admiring the Sète landscape from the heights.
- Treasure hunting at flea markets: Sète frequently offers interesting flea markets, from April to October. It’s an opportunity to discover beautiful objects, but also to meet fabulous people.
Take a boat trip: this is undoubtedly the most enjoyable activity in Sète. Near the harbor, you’ll find a variety of service providers offering great excursions by sailboat, catamaran or motorboat.