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Cruises to Sete

Sete (Photo:PHB.cz (Richard Semik)/Shutterstock)

About Sete

If you had never been to the Mediterranean coast, and had to create the ideal small seaport town from scratch, Sete would be it. The town is almost like a movie set, with its small pristine harbor, sidewalk cafes, lighthouse, canals and hilltop church. One would almost expect to see Cary Grant wandering among the art deco buildings or seated in a canal-side cafe sipping an aperitif.

Sete is a small port on the southern coast of France that time seems to have passed by. Its size prevents the larger cruise ships from stopping there, and as a result, it retains a charm and an unspoiled quality (only the small ships of Windstar, Silversea and Radisson currently call here as part of seven-day western Mediterranean itineraries). It is a real working port, or actually ports, with the old port area in the southern end filled with pleasure boats and the small cruise ship dock, while the commercial port is out of sight on the other side of town.

The Canal Royal is the focal point, as all major attractions and shopping areas are along (or within easy walking distance) of this central waterway. While Sete has some interesting attractions, the real pleasure comes in just being there, enjoying this relatively unspoiled French coastal village.

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Sea Cloud II
Sea Cloud II (Photo: Sea Cloud Cruises)

10 Night
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Leaving:Nice
Cruise Line:Sea Cloud Cruises
Oct 4, 2021
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7 Night
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Leaving:Nice
Oct 22, 2022
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Nov 11, 2021
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Viking Venus
Viking Venus (Photo: Viking Ocean Cruises)

21 Night
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9 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Oct 21, 2022
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14 Night
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994 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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7 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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14 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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14 Night
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Dec 22, 2021
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21 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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14 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Oct 11, 2022
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10 Night
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682 Reviews
Leaving:Trieste
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Oct 28, 2021
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20 Night
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Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Oct 18, 2021
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7 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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30 Night
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Leaving:Trieste
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Oct 15, 2021
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10 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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30 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Sep 14, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Jun 4, 2022
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7 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Apr 22, 2023
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20 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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28 Night
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Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Sep 24, 2023
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17 Night
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Leaving:Monaco
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
May 4, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Oct 9, 2022
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8 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Azamara
Sep 8, 2022
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12 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Oct 17, 2023
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30 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Jun 26, 2023
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Why go to Sete?

Pros:

Sete is easy to explore on foot and features a network of pretty canals

Cons:

Many villagers do not speak English

Bottom Line:

A pretty and quiet village that sees fewer tourists than other Mediterranean ports, Sete is endlessly charming

Sete Cruise Port Facilities?

Sete is a great opportunity to people-watch. The town is compact, filled with small parks and sidewalk cafes, and the natives usually far outnumber the tourists. Place A. Briand is a nice setting to relax, surrounded as it is by busy shopping streets. For a less crowded venue, try the Parc du Chateau d'Eau, with its playground and war memorial. And for relaxing with a view, try hiking up to the top of Mont Saint-Clair.

Good to Know?

Alas, the French have not gotten into the habit of picking up after their dogs. Particularly on side streets, watch your step!

Getting Around?

On Foot: The entire town radiates from the old port dock, and except for a couple of spots up the rather steep hill, everything is an easy walk.

By Car: Hertz, Avis and Budget all have locations in Sete. Reservations are a must, and remember, the norm in Europe is the stick shift. Renters must request (and be prepared to pay a significant premium for) automatic cars.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The euro; there are a few ATM's along the Quai de la Resistance and the nearby side streets. Shops outside of the main shopping areas often do not take credit cards.

Language?

French. The city does not get many cruise ships, so while workers in the main shopping areas speak a bit of English, owners of the offbeat, and off-the-beaten track shops often do not.

Where You're Docked?

Ships dock a couple of short blocks and across a small canal from downtown. The entire city is within easy walk of the pier.


Sete Cruise Reviews
My favorite experiences in Sete were the octopus pie and the freshest, saltiest oysters I have ever had. It was like eating the sea.... Read More
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FF2
Sete is a quiet port, with a small town and market with 2 canals. Unless you are going on an excursion to visit other cities, you can take it easy at the port. Plenty of time for your to walk around, have a French... Read More
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SKYLAI
We hopped on the train to Montpelier... and that town was incredibly beautiful. The shopping, the food, outdoor eating. Extremely surprised at how nice that city is. Didn't spend time in Sete, as it was just the... Read More
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ajpdelia
Our ship was diverted to Sete, France due to expected civil disturbances at Marseilles. With only one day's notice, Viking arranged for guided walking tours of this charming and unspoiled port city. We enjoyed it as... Read More
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Karen in Virginia

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