Sete and its canals: Venice of Languedoc

Sete is a fishing port on the Mediterranean coast in the south of France. It is described as a singular island by the great French poet Paul Valéry.  Indeed it is a peninsula, bathed between the Mediterranean sea and the Thau lagoon and which has an undeniable charm. In addition, water is present everywhere and channels cross it at its center. It is the reason why Sète and its canals  is called the Languedoc Venice.

A hill of 180 meters stands in the middle of the city named Mont Saint-Clair. At the top of this mountain, an exceptional  panorama of the sea and the Thau lagoon is offered to us.

Sete is a popular town attached to its marine and fishing tradition. So in  summer, on August 25, for the occasion of the city’s feast, Saint-Louis, jousters from across the region comp against each other on the Royal Canal. It’s a very festive moment, codified with a lot of music. It lasts all afternoon and the climax is the designation of the winner of the heavyweight category at the end of the afternoon.

In addition, it is  a cultural city that has seen the birth of great artists such as Paul Valéry, Jean Vilar or Georges Brassens. The first two are buried in the marine cemetery. The third had to be content with the Le PY cemetery for lack of space in the first.

The covered market is a very lively place where fish and seafood stalls abound. While waiting for the wives to shop for the midday meal, the husbands sit on the terrace of the market bistro and comment on the latest news while sipping pastis, the favorite appetizer of people in the south of France.

Sete  is extended by a lido of 20 km which separates the Thau lagoon from the sea. One of the most beautiful beaches in France runs along this lido and today attracts many tourists.

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