Strolling along canals


A stroll in Sète : the town of Sète was created on royal decision in 1660 and was born from the will of three men : Paul Riquet, the king Louis XIV and the Knight of Clerville.

Paul Riquet had undertaken digging the "Canal du Midi" and was looking for an suitable outlet on the Mediterranean Sea.

Louis XIV had instructed his minister Colbert to find a new sea route for the royal galleys and to create a port for shipping Languedoc's products. Colbert entrusted this task to the Knight of Clerville who identified the cap of Sète as the most suitable site for the creating a port.

The omnipresence of water, its incomparable light and colours; all qualities which have given it its second name "Venice of the Languedoc".
 

The canals that link the Thau Lagoon with the sea are crossed by many bridges. Some of them are movable, either drawbridges or swing bridges, and these let boats through at set times. With all ...
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