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Marseillan Village or Sete

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Victoria, Canada
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Marseillan Village or Sete

I am spending 9 days in this area at the end of May. Would you recommend staying at Marseillan Village or by the sea near Sete? I would like to spend time cycling and walking the beach as well as going to markets and shops.

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1. Re: Marseillan Village or Sete

They are not really comparable.

Marseillan village is an historic port on the Etang de Thau. It is small and pretty with a few restaurants.

Sete is an industrial and fishing port, a much bigger bustling town. Sete has ocean and lagoon beaches.

Search here for previous posts on both towns and take a look with google maps and streetview.

Marseillan :



Sete :





Edited: 23 January 2012, 06:58
Sete, France
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2. Re: Marseillan Village or Sete

I would definitely recommend Sète. According to the Daily Telegraph UK telegraph.co.uk/travel/the-perfect-break/834…

"Sète is the most fascinating small town on the French Mediterranean".

Fabulous seafood, shops, 5 museums, 22 galleries, festivals such as water jousting jazz, photography, poetry... cycling paths by the beach, A gourmet walking tour is available. .The Wednesday outdoor market is one of the best in the region + the indoor daily market with seafood and local produce including a fruit and vegetable merchant who won an award for best display in Herault region.

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3. Re: Marseillan Village or Sete

thank-you so much! Although I have relied on Trip Advisor for all my travels, this is my first post! It is exciting receiving exact info from such generous participants. I now have a much better idea of these 2 communities and will zero in from space for a closer look!

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4. Re: Marseillan Village or Sete

We have a holiday house in Marseillan - www.ruedelamour.com - so of course we are biased ! But we love visiting Sete. Lots to see and do, huge choice of places to eat, and a lively atmosphere. But we enjoy going back to the peace and tranquility of Marseillan at the end of the day. If you arrive in Sete by road from the Montpellier direction, your heart will sink, as the first impression is of ugly industrial buildings. But don't worry, the town itself with its canalside buildings is a delight.

As others have said, they are quite different, but you will love them both.

And if you do stay in Sete, please go to Marseillan for a day or more, it's utterly charming..

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5. Re: Marseillan Village or Sete


What did you win an award for?

Marseillan gets my vote over Sete every time. I'm happy to visit to Sete but in a million years I would never stay there.

Edited: 23 January 2012, 23:19
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6. Re: Marseillan Village or Sete

I agree with ZebFrance - 'Marseillan gets my vote over Sete every time. I'm happy to visit to Sete but in a million years I would never stay there' (apart from perhaps one night, if stuck). Walking and cycling much easier from Marseillan

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7. Re: Marseillan Village or Sete

I depends if you have a car - in Sete you have the main rail station and can get anywhere easily. Agde, Montpelier, Beziers etc are all worth a visit - if you want a beach vacation, Marseillan is not really on the sea, it is on the inland lake - near Sete there are wonderful beaches. However Marseillan Plage, about 7 miles from the town of Marseillan, is a modern holiday resort on the sea and there are regular buses (more or less).

i like both places for completely different reason.

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