Sète

Travel Guide
Sete which includes a bay or harbour, boating and a river or creek
Stroll along the network of canals, retreat to nearby beaches and enjoy some of the finest seafood in France in this boisterous port city.

Sète is known as the “Venice of Languedoc” for its attractive system of canals, including the final stretch of the 150-mile (241-kilometer) Canal du Midi. Watch fishing boats vie for space as they weave around the maze of canals, learn about hometown heroes at local museums and eat seafood fresh from the nearby lagoon.

The town was founded in 1666 under orders from Louis XIV. Construction began on both the town and its port as an outlet for the Canal du Midi. Following the construction of the port, Sète thrived. To this day, it still plays an important role as a commercial fishing center.

Walk around the characterful 17th-century canals, many lined with pastel-colored buildings. Look for the Canal Royal, which hosts an annual water jousting tournament that sees two boats square off using lances.

Ascend Mont St-Clair hill by foot or take a bus or taxi to the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Languedoc mountains. Look for the Musée Paul Valéry near the top. This museum is dedicated to the famous symbolist poet and essayist who was born in Sète.

To discover more about Sète’s famous residents, visit the Espace Georges Brassens, a museum that commemorates the Sète-born singer-songwriter. Pay your respects to Valéry and Brassens at their burial sites in Cimetiére Marin, a cemetery with spectacular views of the sea.

Spend an afternoon lounging on La Corniche beach, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. It is located about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) east of the old port. Back at the harbor area, choose from many seafood restaurants on the quay.

During late August, Sète hosts the annual Fête de la Saint-Louis, with water jousting competitions on the main canal.Sète’s nearest airports are Béziers and Montpellier. Both cities are connected to Sète by rail routes.

Sète is easy to navigate by foot. Reliable local buses can help you get the most out of this surprisingly lively and engaging city.

Hôtel Port Marine - Sète
Hôtel Port Marine - Sète
3 out of 5
30, Promenade J-B Marty, Sète, Herault, 34200
The price is £113 per night from 18 Jul to 19 Jul
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Sète. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (85 reviews)
"room was small but clean"

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2021

Hôtel Port Marine - Sète
Hotel de Paris
Hotel de Paris
3 out of 5
2 rue Frederic Mistral, Sète, Herault, 34200
The price is £119 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Sète. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Popular attractions Halles de Sète and International Museum of Arts ...
4/5 Very Good! (269 reviews)
"Very central, easy walking distance of shops, restaurants etc. nice big room, very quiet."

Reviewed on 30 May 2022

Hotel de Paris
Georges Hostel & Café
Georges Hostel & Café
8 Rue Gabriel Péri, Sète, Hérault, 34200
Stay at this hostel in Sète. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (51 reviews)
"Fabulous new school hostel and hotel. Friendly staff and spotlessly clean facilities. We booked the large en-suite for four (just us two) for a more hotel-like experience with a private bathroom. The price was more than fair for the large, airy room and comfortable bed. We also loved the storage ..."

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019

Georges Hostel & Café
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Résidence Odalys Terra Gaïa
Résidence Odalys Terra Gaïa
4 out of 5
361 Boulevard Cerf Lurie, Sète, Herault, 34200
The price is £115 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 4-star residence in Sète. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the overall value in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (118 reviews)
"Value for money. Superbe comfortable mattresses. Pillows and towels a little small."

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2019

Résidence Odalys Terra Gaïa
Les Suites The Marcel
Les Suites The Marcel
7 Quai Léopold Suquet, Sète, Hérault, 34200
The price is £143 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this aparthotel in Sète. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Halles de Sète and International Museum of Arts Modestes ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"A beautiful apartment on the canal in Sete! Centrally located and close to the downtown area and many terrific restaurants. Highly recommended!"

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2022

Les Suites The Marcel
Direct access to the beach, swimming pool, 8 people, modern 5-star villa
Direct access to the beach, swimming pool, 8 people, modern 5-star villa
Sète, Occitanie
Stay at this beach villa in Sète. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and on-site parking. Our guests praise the pool and the family amenities in their reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Private backyard oasis with easy access to sandy beach
"Great backyard oasis with beautiful pool, easy walk to the beach with plenty of dining choices. The access to the bikes was a huge benefit. Jean Louis was very responsive to our questions and needs. Villa had very high-end furnishings and was fully stocked with everything you would need. Highly recommend ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2020

Direct access to the beach, swimming pool, 8 people, modern 5-star villa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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