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7 Reasons To Visit Sete This Year

The third of a series on train travel from Barcelona to the South of France. Next stop Sete.


Those of you who follow the Barefoot Blogger regularly know how much I love to visit Sete. It’s one of my favorite places to go for the beach, for the fabulous seafood and for the “always on” fun. If you’re traveling from Barcelona to the South of France, Sete is less than 3 hours away by train.

Here are 7 reasons you really must go:

#1 Great food

Sete has been one of France’s major seaports for centuries. It is said that Louix XIV made Sete his personal sea gateway so that the treasures of the Orient and beyond could travel directly to Versailles. Italian fishermen helped establish the port as a prime supplier of tuna, sardines, anchovies — among other sea delicacies. Oysters abound around Sete — especially in nearby Bouziques — rounding out a perfect assortment of most delectable seafoods.

Bluefin tuna from Sete

 

#2 Rich history

Along with fishing and importing kingly goods, Sete grew to become a prosperous town with stately homes and thriving businesses along the canal waterfront. Evidence of that prosperity can be seen still today, even though new trade routes and bigger seaports have largely impacted Sete’s economy. Tourism is bringing it back.

 

Sete’s canal front

 

Opulent details throughout Sete’s waterfront architecture.

 

 

 

Beyond being a famous port, Sete is known for her favourite son, George Brassens — composer, singer and activist.  In fact, there’s a museum in Sete dedicated to Brassens. It tells of his life and work that captivated me as much as learning about American icons Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley. Click here to learn more about visiting the museum.

George Brassens

 

#3 Unique natural beauty

Canals that run throughout the town 

Canals that run throughout the town

 

 

Sky high, panaromic views of the Mediterrean Sea

Clear blue sea

#4 White sandy beaches

Think the Cote d’Azur has the only beaches in the South of France? Try to beat this. Sete has beautiful beaches, blue skies and all-day beach clubs with seafood and much more!

Beach buddies

#5 Summer sports

 

Where else can you sit in a covered arena, overlooking a sea canal, watching water jousting? Day and night?

 

#6 Extravaganzas

Plan your holiday in Sete, especially around August during the St. Louis Festival, and you’ll be amazed the sights you’ll see.

 

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Sete

#7 Party hearty

Summertime in Sete there’s always a party going on!

 

 

London’s Bad Girls’ Groove Band

 

Partying at St. Clairs

 

St. Louis Festival celebration

 

So what’s holding you back? Stop by Sete in the South of France. You might be surprised who you’ll run into!

 

My “gang”: Hilda, Paula and Rich hanging out in Sete

 

Want to see it all in Sete? Contact Nancy McGee of Absolutely Southern France for guided tours — especially her famous “walking gourmet” tour.

Here’s where to find year-round activities in Sete. 

 

For information on train schedules from Barcelona to Sete click here

 

 

 

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2 replies »

  1. Sete is on my “consider” list, and today, the guys at “Letsliveinfrance.com” posted their day trip from Carcassonne to Sete (on the 1 euro train). Provident?

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