Sete

Sete Travel Guide

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.