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What's it like?

Hi, my wife and I are planning a trip of 8-10 days to Monptellier or somewhere near. I noticed it might be cheaper to stay in Sete (self- catering) and it's close enough to Montpellier on the train to do day trips. Please could you tell me your opinions on Sete as a place to stay? Some pictures show quite modern buildings but I presume there are older parts too? What are the bars/restaurants like? Is it very scenic? What are the beaches like?(not bothered about swimming but just walking/sitting on the beach). All comments greatly appreciated! Thanks

Montpellier, France
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for Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier
posts: 1,755
reviews: 3
1. Re: What's it like?

Views are mixed. A couple of residents rave about it - some like the restaurants - but many others don't like it much.

It has been much discussed recently and you should read the various comments here :

http://www.tripadvisor.com/SearchForums?scope=2&ff=849&geo=187149&q=sete&sub-search.x=0&sub-search.y=0&sub-search=Click+to+search+forums&returnTo=__2F__

Edited: 4:28 am, February 04, 2012
Avignon, France
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for Avignon
posts: 4,702
reviews: 61
2. Re: What's it like?

As mpprh says, there's been quite a lot of discussion on Sete recently, with a Telegraph write-up quoted quite a lot.

There are some pleasant beaches, and I like Sete as a town. It's not flash, just a pleasant workaday port. If you're coming in the season, you'll enjoy the water jousting - great fun, and attracts large crowds.

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Fuerteventura
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for Fuerteventura, Paros, Sifnos
posts: 1,634
reviews: 314
4. Re: What's it like?

Montpelier is special so I would consider staying there rather than Sete. For me a day in Sete would be enough.

8-10 days is a long time to stay in Montpelier. How about combining this with days staying in or, at least visiting, Nimes, Avignon, Uzes, Aigue Mortes, Pont du Gard?

From Montpelier it would be far easier to visit these places

Hope this helps

Essex
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reviews: 71
5. Re: What's it like?

Sete is like this:

www.virtourist.com/europe/sete/index.html

Liverpool
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for Liverpool
posts: 1,268
reviews: 18
6. Re: What's it like?

I really like Sete - but it is difficult to compare it to Montpellier as they are so different. Have a look at the link above from the virtual tourist website - you will see that it has lots of old buildings. The approach to Sete isn't particularly pretty, as it is quite industrial, but once you are in the town it is great. If you read the Telegraph article about it, don't be too put off by some of the pretty extreme comments below it ...

Sete's advantages are that it is easier to get to the beach; it is very different to other mediterranean towns; it has a great atmosphere (it is one of those places where you can feel it is where North Africa meets Europe); it is lovely sitting along the canal watching the activity along it; you can find some great seafood restaurants; you are on the Lagoon, so it is handy for exploring the other villages on it.

Montpellier is lovely too: it's bigger, so can offer more in terms of theatre, culture etc; it's got great shopping; it's a lively city, with a large number of students; it's got some interesting modern architecture as well as older buildings; it is somehow "classier" than Sete (although I like the "realness" of Sete too);

It's a very personal thing, as they are such different places, but reading some guide books or internet articles may help you decide which one suits you best. Also, if you are dependent on public transport for day trips, then checking out which place will be easier for you to get to places you want to see may help you make up your mind.

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