Join your English speaking host for an intimate and unique gourmet walking tour of Sète. Stroll the streets along the canals of the “Venice” of France, past historical buildings while sampling local specialities, meeting merchants and getting historical and culturals tips. The visit will include delights such as pastry and chocolate, fine foods, cheeses and wines. Your culinary adventure will also take you to “les Halles” the harbour’s colourful and authentic fish and seafood market. On market days (Wednesday), the true scents and flavours of southern France will be abundant where you will discover seasonal produce and how to use it at home.

Nancy loves to write about her food experiences in France. Have a look at her posts on the “Romance of Roquefort“, “Cheese Etiquette“, “Who’s got the World’s Best Oysters?” and more on Barefoot Bloggers special section. Absolutely Southern French Food and Etiquette.

“Nancy McGee has created a small marvel.Rather than the traditional tours of sights she gives you precious insight to the culture and people of Sete,through the medium of its unique culinary delights.Into her experiential tour she also weaves fascinating stories that bring this unusual town to life.A must for anyone who loves to get beneath the surface of a place.”
October 2013 – Nigel Barlow UK

Shelly and I truly enjoyed yesterday ..was our highlight in Sete ..your tour gave us such insights into Sete ..that we would have not experienced on our own .At each stop we encountered vendors who were both professional and informative ..and had a real passion for there field !
We will tell Trip Advisor the Rick Stevens !!
Thanks again for such a wonderful experience !!

Sue & Shelly Sept 2013

Other unique and exclusive experiences available in Sète : – Cooking workshop from 10am to 2pm, Boat outing to oyster beds and sampling with local wines. Vineyard tasting and tours in a vintage Citroen 2HP…

MEDITERRANEAN “Hands on” cooking workshop

With your local experienced French chef in Sète, learn how to prepare a fine three course meal with freshest ingredients and cooking in a typical French kitchen. You will be able to enjoy the meal together and partake your creations with a helping of some beautiful local wine from 10am to 2pm : 75 euros per person (min 6 – max 8). Your chef can also hold a private workshop in your holiday home in the area or cook your evening meals. Quotation on request.

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A network of canals and bridges crisscrosses this working port-seaside resort on southern France’s Languedoc coast. Sandwiched between oyster-rich Thau lagoon and the Mediterranean, and trailed by a kite-tail strip of sandy beaches, unassuming Sète delivers abundant sun, sea, sand, and seafood under the well-trod tourist radar.

When to Go: June-August; August 22-27, Festival of Saint Louis Joutes Nautiques, traditional Languedoc water jousting competitions staged on the Canal Royal.

How to Get Around: Start with a hike or taxi ride up 564-foot Mont St. Clair for an overview of the city, lagoon, and sea. Then head to the city center and meander along the main Canal Royal, lined with outdoor seafood restaurants and dockside bars. Beaches are on the public bus route, and most other destinations are easily reached on foot or by the ubiquitous powerboats. Sète is also the starting point for westward sails along the Canal du Midi.

Where to Eat or Drink: Dining at Terre & Mer is like pulling up a chair to a foodie friend’s crowded kitchen table. The lively market-bistro specializes in fresh oysters and mussels (straight from the lagoon). Limited seating makes reservations a must.

Where to Stay: Splurge on corner, canal-side lodging at the 43-room Le Grand Hôtel de Sète for the floor-to-ceiling windows, main canal views, and refreshing breezes off the private balcony. The vintage belle epoque facade conceals an airy, glass-roofed courtyard where the daily breakfast buffet is served. Walk from here to the marina, shops, art galleries, and seafood restaurants.

What to Buy: Canadian Nancy McGee’s Absolutely Southern France arranges custom shop, cook, and eat tours; gourmet walking tours; and local oyster bed excursions. Shop in the Sète’s fresh seafood and produce markets with a local chef and English-speaking guide, and then turn your ingredients into a traditional French meal.

Fun Fact: Jousters may get all the glory at the Festival of Saint-Louis joutes nautiques, but water jousting is actually a team sport. Each jouster is perched atop a wooden platform (tintaine) extending out from the end of a long wooden boat. Ten rowers (usually local fishermen) power the boats, and, before and during each match, an onboard drummer and oboist pump up the team by playing traditional jousting tunes.

Kayaking the Canals of Sète

Leisurely kayak outing for families or Cruise ship passengers looking for an outdoors experience on the canals of the little “Venice” of France. You will begin with a debrief from your kayak expert who will then take you to discover this Mediterranean fishing town in a unique manner. A stop will be made at a private beach for a swim in the Mediterranean sea. 2.5 hours, 35 euros per person (discount rate for children) Minimum 2 people per outing. Other programs available on request.

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