Languedoc-Roussillon + the Pyrenees

Things to do in Languedoc-Roussillon + the Pyrenees

The Sètois take their cocktails seriously. Join the crowds ordering aperitifs at this sleek bar overlooking the docks.

Open for public tours; also hosts multicourse wine-pairing dinners twice a year—book early.

The hottest after-hours address in town is a bar-lounge that was designed by its architect-owner, Guy Falco, to look like a riad in Marrakech.

The rustic, typically Sètois bar is popular with residents, who come here for affordable wines and simple grilled seafood brochettes.

This maritime-themed shop specializes in traditional marine-motif dishware, lighthouse lamps, boat-shaped tables, and other nautically inspired objects.

The gallery run by arts patron Yves Faurie is the spot in town to view the work of contemporary artists such as Hervé di Rosa (founder of the Musée des Arts Modestes), Robert Combas, and Jean-Louis Poveda.

François Liguori, one of Sète's best-known designers, creates whimsical furniture under the label Pescatore, using wrought iron combined with wood, glass, rattan, ceramic, and plastic thread. You can pick up one-of-a-kind pieces or special order something—a magazine rack, perhaps.

Produces an excellent collection of Côtes de Thongue wines; every July, the Swiss owners hold a classical music festival onsite.

The ganache is spiked with the russet-colored piment d’Espelette.

Where: Crossing the Tarn Valley in the Massif Central, near Millau in southern France.

 

Stats: 8,100 feet (less than two miles) long; cars travel 885 feet above sea level, but the highest point on the bridge is 1,125 feet.

 

Ask to see the Socoa models.