Although Sète is not, strictly speaking, on the Canal du Midi, the city is an essential stop on the way to the Mediterranean Sea. It is separated from the mouth of the canal, which ends at the Onglous Lighthouse, by the Bassin de Thau. The city is closely linked to the canal, to which it owes its existence. Indeed, the history of the city began with the creation of the canal.
Colbert initiated the construction of a port in 1667, (completed in 1684 and inaugurated by Vauban), the site of which would later became a city. Thanks to its strategic position linking the canal, pond and sea, Sète experienced a significant economic development from the trade of goods and cargo.
The Barques de Poste, hauled by horses, sailed between 1673 and 1858 on the canal. It took four days to reach Sète from Toulouse. Stops at noon were called "dînées" (dinners). Layovers for the night were called "couchées" (lie-downs).
Not to miss: Décanale Saint Louis (church) – Notre Dame de la Salette (church) - Old Port and the Canal Royal - Théâtre de la Mer Jean Vilar (theater).
|Sète – Toulouse Itinerary|
|Day 1: Dînée in Fonsérannes, couchée in Somail.|
|Day 2: Dînée in La Redorte, couchée in Trebes, then Carcassonne.|
|Day 3: Dînée in Avignonet Lauragais, couchée in Castelnaudary.|
|Day 4: Dînée in Négra, arrival in Toulouse.|
60, Grand'rue Mario Roustan, 34200 Sète
Website - Tel: 04 99 04 71 71.
October through March, Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday : 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
April, May, June and September, Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
July and August, daily: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Onglous Lighthouse, Marseillan commune
This point is where the waters of the Canal du Midi mingle with those of the Bassin de Thau, famous for its oysters (Bouzigues). The site features a port for barges, the Port des Onglous. A small lighthouse marks the end of the canal. The pond is crossed by a channel, 20 kilometers to Sète.
A charming small port town at the crossroads of an exceptional environment (Thau Basin, Mediterranean Sea, Canal du Midi).
Avenue de la Méditerranée, 34340 Marseillan Plage
Website - Tel: 04 67 21 82 43
October through March, Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Closed on Thursday afternoon and Sunday.
April, May, June and September, every day: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Thursday and Sunday afternoons.
July and August, every day: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Accommodation available for visitors with disabilities.
Downtown Tourist office branch
Théâtre Henri Maurin, Avenue de la Marine , 34340 Marseillan
Open daily in July and August: 10 a.m. to 1p.m. / 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Open-air market on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday morning at Les Halles, Place du 14 Juillet, Marseillan-city.
Night market on Thursday evenings in July and August at the Port of Marseillan-city.
Agde is one of the oldest cities in France. Over 2,600 years ago, Agde was a Greek port of trade. The round lock (1680) is one of the first structures built along the Canal du Midi. Its design, unique at the time, is no less functional because it turning function allows boats to choose which channel to take. One joined the river Hérault, the other the sea, the last the Canal du Midi. The construction visible today no longer resembles the original lock built in basalt stones.
Not to miss: Saint Etienne Cathedral (12th century) in basalt, like many buildings, including the city walls. Market on Thursdays.
Place de la Belle Agathoise, 34300 Agde
Website - Tel: 04 67 31 87 50.
October through March, Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m./ 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
April and May: daily: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m./ 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
June, Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m./ 2:30 p.m. to 6:30, Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m./ 2p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
July, August and September: Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m./ 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday morning open-air market on the Promenade, downtown from April through September.
Boat rentals by the day or longer in Agde
Website - Tel: 03 85 53 76 74.
Also located in Colombiers, Homps and Carcassonne.
Boats rides in Agde
Les Bateaux du Soleil
6 rue chassefières, 34300 Agde
Website - Tel: 04 67 94 08 79.
Also located in Colombiers and Béziers-Fonsérannes.
The old Vias has the typical friendly charm of Mediterranean villages where life is good. The city features the beautiful fortified Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (church, 15th century) in basalt.
Nearby is the Pont du Libron (17th century), initiated in 1858. A unique technical achievement, this movable bridge passes over the canal. The objective of the bridge was to allow passage at any time and in any weather, even during the great floods of the river. The bridge allows the canal to pass under the Libron without the latter overflowing.
Avenue de la Méditerranée, 34450 Vias Plage
Website - Tel: 04 67 21 76 25
October through March: Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
April, May, June and September, Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday and holidays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. / 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ;
July and August, every day: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Traditional market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings around the church.
Artisanal night market on Tuesday evening in July and August, Place du 14 Juillet.
49 ter Boulevard Gambetta, 34450 Vias
Website - Tel: 04 67 21 56 07