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Reader, Mar 28

All Sète, Ready To Go, ‘The Most Fascinating Town On The French Mediterranean Coast’

Travellers seeking a truly authentic taste of France at its most scenic need look no further than Sète. Charming colourful houses line the canals, lights reflecting in the moonlit water and of course the glorious beaches of the Mediterranean add to this unique town’s charm. According to The Daily Telegraph UK, “Sète is the most fascinating small town on the French Mediterranean coast.” In France, it is referred to as the “Ile Singulière” (the Singular Island).

Situated in the island’s centre, scenic Mont Saint-Clair presides over the town and provides an excellent showcase for the island. From its summit one can see how the Mediterranean and the Thau Lagoon are linked. Sète has been likened to an unspoilt and largely undiscovered Venice, with its own network of intertwining canals.

Because of its geographic location Sète offers an ideal vacation spot. The Languedoc Roussillon area is flat. In Sète, however, you will find one of the region’s most beautiful hills, Mount St. Clair, which makes the island stand out as unique and awe-inspiring.

The city is small and hospitable yet with an extensive menu of cultural and outdoor activities: hiking up Mount St Clair, swimming, sunbathing, watersports and even fine dining along 13 kilometres of what some say are the best beaches in the Mediterranean. Visitors come from far and wide for the world-class jazz festival, the world’s largest poetry festival, a superb documentary photography festival and the highly entertaining water jousting festival or “joutes.”

Importantly, in Sète one is never far away from the aromas, tastes and textures that help classify Mediterranean cuisine as one of the most celebrated in the world. And here one can sample delights from the neighbouring lagoon including the much sought-after oysters from Bouzigues, oysters with white wine and buttered bread, fresh mussels, and a wide array of delectable seafood served with Mediterranean delicacies, will bring you straight to a food-lover’s paradise.

This article was written by Languedoc Living reader Nancy McGee.

Nancy does gourmet walking tours of Sète and Montpellier.  It has a Certificate of Excellence on Tripadvisor and is rated N°1 tour in Sète.

“Join your English speaking host for an intimate and unique gourmet walking tour of Sète. Stroll the streets along the canals of the “Venice” of France, past historical buildings, while sampling local specialities, meeting merchants and getting historical and cultural tips. The visit will include delights such as pastry, cheese, wine and other fine foods. Your culinary adventure will also take you to “les Halles” the harbour’s colourful and authentic covered market with the best fish, seafood and local produce. The outdoor market on Wednesdays, one of the finest in the region, offers abundant scents and flavours of southern France where you will discover seasonal produce and how to prepare them at home.”

The tour is designed to accommodate a group of no more than eight guests and operates from Tuesday to Saturday from 9h30 to 12h30.

The price of the tour is 45€ per person.  For reservations and information, phone 06 13 23 10 35 or email Nancy here.

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