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.”
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.