Things to do in Sete
From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Sete. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Sete attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.
Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Sete to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Sete.
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.
This museum blends contemporary works made of everyday objects (like brightly colored sculpted murals made from toys) and folk art; Argentine botanical artist Liliana Motta uses common plants and weeds from around the world to decorate the garden.
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.
The Sètois take their cocktails seriously. Join the crowds ordering aperitifs at this sleek bar overlooking the docks.
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.