Languedoc-Roussillon + the Pyrenees

Languedoc-Roussillon + the Pyrenees Travel Guide

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

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

A tour of the Caves of Roquefort will turn you into a lover of Roquefort cheese if you aren't one already.

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

Temporary exhibitions of contemporary paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations are set in a vast space designed by architect Lorenzo Piqueras, who recently overhauled the Salle des États, where the Mona Lisa is displayed in the Louvre.

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

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.

 

The museum houses pottery made by the Gauls.

Ask to see the Socoa models.

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

Visit the archaeological site at La Graufesenque, where the Gauls made the pottery now housed in the Musée Fenaille.

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.

Named after the beloved French poet (Valéry wrote the classic verse Le Cimitière Marin), the museum also has a local focus; collections illustrate Sète's history and its people. Be sure to catch the view from the Marine Cemetery on site, where Valéry is buried.