Collected by John Oseid, AFAR Local Expert
2 Rue Frédéric Mistral, 34200 Sète, France
Both banks of Sète’s Canal Royal are as strollable as the water itself is navigable by pleasure craft and working fishing vessels. Since 1666, the section between the bridges Savonnerie and Civette has been the site of a famous and popular summer...
26 Quai Aspirant Herber, 34200 Sète, France
In an old fish-storage warehouse right on the Canal Royal, the Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, established in 1997, rivals any big-city contemporary art museum. With a research center and fine gift shop/bookstore, CRAC...
148 Rue François Desnoyer, 34200 Sète, France
Both the famed French poet Paul Valéry and the great singer/songwriter Georges Brassens were born in Sète and their names appear on cultural institutions here. Besides showcasing works of the poet, the recently renovated Musée Paul Valéry has...
34200 Sète, France
The Étang de Thau is a saltwater lagoon, measuring 24 kilometers (15 miles) long and eight kilometers (five miles) wide, that white egrets, herons and pink flamingos call home. It’s also an important site in France’s mussel- and oyster-cultivation...
13 Chemin du Canal du Midi, 34340 Marseillan, France
One of France’s most unusual UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Canal du Midi was once a vital economic link between the country's southern regions and the Atlantic. Today, a boat cruise on the canal is a relaxing and picturesque journey that passes...
1 Rue Viollet le Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
Founded by Celts almost 5,000 years ago, Carcassonne and its medieval hilltop citadel have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Today the old cité, France’s second-most-visited attraction, ranks only behind the Eiffel Tower in popularity—...
1 Rond-Point des Arènes, 13200 Arles, France
Long associated with Van Gogh, who produced hundreds of paintings there, the UNESCO World Heritage City of Arles on the Rhône River in Provence also has some of the finest Roman ruins in France. The well-preserved amphitheater is still utilized...
39 Bd Bonne Nouvelle, 34000 Montpellier, France
Sometimes overshadowed by more glamorous southern French cities, Montpellier comes as a surprise to many visitors when they stroll its lovely medieval old town, filled with boutiques and bistros, and with the vibrancy of university life in the...
Place Anatole France, logis du Gouverneur, 30220 Aigues-Mortes, France
Linked to the historic Canal du Rhône à Sète, Aigues-Mortes in the Petite Camargue wetlands is a finely preserved medieval town. The outstanding crenellated 13th-century Constance Tower replaced an earlier one built by none other than Charlemagne....