Why choose a cruise to Sète?
A Sète cruise allows you to spend time in Carcassonne, the most visited location in France after Paris. This medieval city is perched on a hilltop, surrounded by high walls and turrets. With its drawbridges, cobbled streets and picturesque houses, it has a fairytale charm.
And let’s not forget Sète, a laidback town of brightly coloured art-deco houses and restaurants lining a network of canals. What’s more, the beautiful beaches of the French Mediterranean are just a stone’s throw away.
A guide to Sète hotspots
The jewel in the crown of a Sète cruise is a visit to La Cité de Carcassonne, the city’s walled medieval quarter. Taking a tour of Château Comtal will teach you more about its history. You will also gain access to the towers and ramparts of this fascinating fortified city.
For the best view in Carcassonne, visit St Vincent’s Church, an example of 15th-century Gothic architecture. Climb the tower to Carcassonne’s highest point for a panorama of the surrounding countryside.
Carcassonne lower town, located outside the medieval walls, has a completely different ambience and a more modern feel. The beautiful, UNESCO-designated Canal du Midi runs through this area. We recommend taking a short barge trip or walk down this scenic tree-lined canal.
It’s also worth spending a few hours relaxing in Sète after a visit to Carcassonne. Eat fresh seafood in one of the many restaurants lining the harbour or the Canal Royal. Cool off with a dip in the Mediterranean. La Corniche Beach is a nearby stretch of sand that’s perfect for sunbathing.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Sète
The best time to visit Sète
Carcassonne and Sete have hot summers, making them perfect summer holiday destinations. July is the hottest month, with temperatures rising to 28°C. It’s the perfect time to visit if you plan on sunbathing as well as sightseeing. There are also two festivals on throughout during July – Festival de la Cité and Festival de la Bastide – offering live concerts, flamenco dancing events and free evening shows.
Carcassonne does see a lot of tourist traffic during the summer, so we recommend visiting in the months either side, when the weather is still balmy – averaging 22°C in May and 25°C in September – it’s much quieter.
Did you know?
- The city walls are 1.9 miles long and contain 52 towers
- One of these towers housed the Medieval Inquisition
- The walled city received UNESCO designation in 1997
- In Napoleonic times, the city fell into such disrepair it was nearly demolished
- Carcassonne is renowned for cassoulet, a rustic white-bean and meat stew.