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Sete is an attractive destination on the French Mediterranean coast at all times of year. Those looking for sunshine and leisure pursuits should visit from mid-June through late August, when temperatures are typically in the twenties and the beaches are at their busiest. However, for calmer, more relaxed holidays, spring and autumn are more suitable as temperatures are milder and there are fewer visitors.
Sete is a charming city and with its relaxed atmosphere, mix of attractions and history, there's plenty to keep visitors entertained. A trip of three to four days is a great amount of time to explore and enjoy a variety of experiences. On the first day strolling or biking around the old districts and city centre's narrow winding streets is a great way to get a feel for the charm of this picturesque French city. On the second day, visitors can take a boat trip around the harbour, visit the fort or visit the local markets, and on the third day make the most of the beautiful Mediterranean coastline by visiting the nearby beaches and exploring some of the many nearby attractions.
Exploring Sete by foot is the most rewarding experience as the city is dense with hidden gems and narrower streets that can be more difficult to find by any other mode of transport. For short distances and to move around the city quickly, the local bus and tram services are the best options. Visitors seeking a more relaxed experience can take the boat around the city's beautiful canals.
Visiting Sete with kids is a great way to explore the city's history and culture. Take them to the Aquarium Museum, which has 5,000 exhibits, including live fish, sea-horses and crocodiles. The Sete Museum of Modern Art is also an ideal spot to take the kids, with its impressive collection of art from around the world. Finally, don't miss the Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle waterfront park, with its large open space and playground for kids and adults.