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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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Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Oosterdam

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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Viking Star

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Iconic Western MediterraneanDetails

1,920 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
May 22, 2023
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Viking Sky

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Iconic Western MediterraneanDetails

1,088 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Leaving:Rome
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Iconic Western MediterraneanDetails

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Aug 4, 2023
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Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

375 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
May 30, 2023
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Iconic Western MediterraneanDetails

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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Oct 14, 2023
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World CruiseDetails

243 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Mar 27, 2024
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13 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Apr 7, 2023
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71 Night
World CruiseDetails

360 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Apr 17, 2025
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Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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More about Sete

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 wife and I really enjoyed the night shore excursion to Montpellier. It was great to see the main square area at night with all the people and restaurants. We had dinner near the main square prior to returning toRead More
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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 pRead More
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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 portRead More
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