Cruise Port Atlas | Sete, France Day Trips | Attractions

Sete, France Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Sete: Star Clippers, Azamara Club Cruises, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea

Key Attractions: Sete, Sete Canals, Quay de Lattre de Tassigny, Mont St. Clair, Dinosaur Museum in Meze, Bouzigues, Frontignan, Poussan, Loupian, Carcassone Fortress, Aigues-Mortes, Canal du Midi, Arles, Nimes, Montpelier

Sete Area Attractions

Port to City Center - 2 KM, 5 minutes
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Nearly surrounded by water, the port of Sete is a major commercial port for the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon. The city lies between the Mediterranean and the Thau Lagoon at the eastern end of a narrow strip of land which offers 12 kilometers of sandy beaches to sunworshipers. The city has several canals that connect the Mediterranean with the lagoon and is the Mediterranean terminus of the Canal du Midi that begins near Bordeaux. The city's waterways border colorful 3 and 4-story town homes. Waterside restaurants and shops dot the Quay Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny. The city's best view is from Mont St. Clair in a park above the town. For young children there is a museum dedicated to dinosaurs in nearby Meze. Other towns nearby include Bouzigues, famous for oysters; Frontignan, capital for Muscat wine; the old circular towns of Poussan and Loupian, with its medieval fortifications and Gallo-Roman villa.

Important Port   From Mt. St. Clair   Mt. St. Clair   Oceanopolis   Dinosaur Muesum in Meze   12 Kilometers of Beach  

Uneven surfaces    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Sete by Clemensfranz

Carcassonne from a vineyard


Port to Carcassonne - 137 KM, 90 minutes
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First fortified by the Romans, the present day walled town was re-built in the mid-19th Century in the style of a medieval fort and is among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Restoration was designed by architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc and though not historically precise, it is considered a work of genius. It has 53 towers and a double ring of walls and ramparts. Within the walls are restaurants, shops and museums that create the illusion of being in a medieval town. The most popular tours are walks through the towers and ramparts. The Canal du Midi flows by the lower town of Carcassonne.

Photo of Carcassonne by Greudin

Medieval Walled Town   Imagining Medieval Life   Hilltop Castle and surrounding vineyards   World Heritage Site  

Varied Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible


Port to Aigues-Mortes - 64 KM, 60 minutes Link to Full-Page Google Map

Aigues-Mortes is a fortification built to protect the French from invasion of the Islamic Saraeens and as an embarkation point for the 7th and 8th Crusades during the 13th century. It has a wall longer than 1.6 kilometers and many towers including the Constance tower with walls six meters thick. It is surrounded by the salt marsh, Petit Camargue, a flat expanse of land that is part of the Rhone delta system near the border between Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon. The town of Aigues-Mortes offers several beautiful churches to visit, including the Chapel of Gray Penitents and the Chapel of White Penitents, both from the 17th century.

Photo of Aigues-Mortes by Marc Ryckaert

Fortess   Petit Camargue   Salt Marshes   Castle and Churches   Low Country Vegetation  

Varied walking depending on activity    Limited Wheelchair Accessibility

Canal du Midi

Port to Beziers - 44 KM, 45 minutes
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A cruise along the Canal du Midi is a relaxing way to spend a a few hours, with beautiful scenery all along the route. Old trees overhang the canal that was built in the 17th century to connect the Mediterranean and Atlantic and avoid Berber pirates. Now it is primarily a tourist attraction with mostly local commercial traffic. Canal tours out of Sete generally include passage through the locks at Fonserannes.

French countryside and towns   Huge trees shading the canal   Historically important route   World Heritage Site  

Varied Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Arles' Roman Arena

Arles and Nimes

Port to Arles - 110 KM, 80 minutes
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Nimes is an historic Roman settlement with excellent examples of Roman architecture including the impressive amphitheater. The Pont du Gard aqueduct is a spectacular example of Roman engineering that is in excellent condition. Other sites include the Maison Carree, a temple that is in pristine condition; the Tour Magne, ruin of a Roman tower and the ruins of Roman thermal baths. The majestic Nimes Cathedral has a mix of Romanesque and Gothic elements.

Arles is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its Roman and Romanesque monuments, including the Roman Arena; a Roman theatre; the Alyscamps, a huge Roman necropolis; Roman baths and the Church of St. Trophime, an important example of Romanesque architecture.

Photo Arles' Roman Arena by Vincent

   Roman Ruins   Provencal Cuisine   World Heritage Site  

Pedestrian Streets    Limited Wheelchair Accessibility


Port to Montpelier- 31 KM, 45 minutes
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Montpellier is the capital city of Languedoc-Roussillon and the center of local culture. The city's Place de la Comedie features the Opera Comedie and is the city's central square. Local attractions include medieval towers, the 14th Century Montpellier Cathedral (St. Pierre), beautiful residential areas from the 16th through 18th centuries and France's oldest botanical gardens, established in 1593.


    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Montpelier's Place de la Comedie, Photo of Montpellier Cathedral by Vpe


Port to Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert- 70 KM, 1 hour 5 minutes
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Along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella is the rocky mountain medieval village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert with the Gellone abbey, from the early 9th century and Pont du Diable. The village and bridge were added to the list of UNESCO sights in 1999. The village is considered one of the most beautiful in France.


    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible