Port of Sete
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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.
Top Sete Itineraries
Anne MarieCruise in Provence along the Canal du Rhone-à-Sète, from Arles to SèteAvignon, Sete, Sete, SeteNow
Seven Seas Explorer8 Night Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseBarcelona, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Sete, Marseille, Monaco , Portofino, Florence , RomeNow
Seabourn Ovation35-day European OvationVenice, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Malta , Corsica , Marseille, Palamos, Barcelona, Sete, Malaga, Gibraltar, Casablanca, Tangier, Seville , Lisbon, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Bordeaux, La Rochelle-La Pallice, BruggeNow
Seabourn Ovation21-day Iberian SpringVenice, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Malta , Corsica , Marseille, Palamos, Barcelona, Sete, Malaga, Gibraltar, Casablanca, Tangier, Seville , LisbonNow
Celebrity Constellation11 Night France, Italy & Film CruiseBarcelona, Sete, Cannes, Cannes, Florence , Rome , Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Venice, VeniceNow
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.
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!
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.
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.
Food! Specifically, either a bottle of the regional dessert wine, Muscat de Frontignan, or a box of macaroons or madeleines. These make nice gifts for the folks back home, too, as they are often boxed nicely and they travel well. A local specialty is an interesting biscuit created out of aniseed essence and thin slices of green olives -- ask for a sample before committing to a box, as they are unusual and may not be to everyone's taste.
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