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Sete, France.

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Bordered by the Thau Basin on one side and the Mediterranean on the other, Sète, an hour and a half from Toulouse, is southern France’s second largest port—and gateway to the Languedoc. It’s also the birthplace of singer-songwriter Georges Brassens and poet Paul Valéry. Today, a new generation of local artists finds plenty to draw inspiration from in the town: covered markets, picturesque seaside restaurants, and enough canals to earn Séte the nickname “Little Venice of the Languedoc.”

Don't Miss

  • Shopping for some ocean-themed home goods—from dishware to lamps—at Inspiration Marine.

  • Spending the night sipping wine with locals at Bar de la Marine.

  • Dining at Les Demoiselles Dupuy, Sète’s most popular spot for oysters. (Tip: Pair the oysters with a glass of Domaine de Font Mars, a prize-winning Picpoul white wine.

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