Sète has a diverse heritage, resulting from its geographical position, the various waves of population and its maritime history.

Ever since the town was founded by Louis XIV in 1666, providing a deep water port at the mouth of the Canal du Midi, Sète has retained its network of canals and quaysides lined with brightly coloured facades, and also the traditional of Languedoc-style water jousting and the festivals of Saint Louis. 

The population, a mixture of local Languedoc families and immigrants, mainly from Italy, has given Sète a unique culinary heritage, in which the produce of the sea and the Etang de Thau lagoon is blended with Italian-style cuisine.

After 350 years of trading and fishing, Sète’s traditions are still strongly rooted and its maritime heritage is still very much alive.
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