Maritime heritage


Canals, quays with colourful facades, kilometres of golden sandy beaches, a lagoon flowing into the Mediterranean. Water is omnipresent in Sète.

Founded by Louis XIV in 1666 to create a maritime outlet for the Canal du Midi, Sète is historically a city of traders and fishermen. Its traditions are strongly rooted in maritime heritage which lives on today.

Passion for the sea gives the city its rhythm. From Thau lagoon to the open sea, fishermen, sailors and oyster farmers share this sea-sprayed universe, a source of wealth with a southern lifestyle.