Sete (for Carcassonne), France

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Referred to by locals as the "Venice of Languedoc," Sète is a small artists' commune in southern France known for its romantic canals and charming atmosphere.

Archaeological evidence points to human presence in the region as far back as the Bronze Age, although Sète did not experience major growth until the second half of the 17th century, when King Louis XIV urged on the construction of the sea port. The digging of the Canal du Midi was to follow, an immense undertaking that would eventually enhance the region's economy.

Although Sète was attacked by the British in the early 18th century and was nearly demolished as the Allies defended it at the conclusion of World War II, the city prevailed and serves today as a beautiful Mediterranean resort, as well as your gateway to the medieval city of Montpellier and the awe-inspiring, fairy tale castle of Carcassonne.

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  • Carcassonne Carcassonne

    Featuring a magnificent citadel, stout remparts and pennant-capped towers with beautifully preserved walled fortress dates back to the Middle Ages and is a UNESCO World heritage site . It is the largest and best preserved fortress in Europe.

  • Abbey of Valmagne Abbey of Valmagne

    Founded in 1138 , this former Benedictine monastery was converted to a wine cellar after the French Revolution and
    features an atmospheric wine tasting room and reconstructed medieval gardens.

  • Pezenas Pezenas

    Once the summer home of the 17th century Prince de Conti and his entourage, it has been the seat of the Governors of Languedoc and home to artists and playwrights (including French dramatist Molière). This picturesque town remains a center of art and culture.

  • Montpellier Montpellier

    Rich with over a thousand years of history, former center of Protestantism during France's War of Religion, this teeming, energetic fastest growing city in France is lined with boutiques and sidewalk cafes, dotted with magnificent squares and filled with stunning architecture.

  • Aigues-Mortes Aigues-Mortes

    Built during the 13th century by St Louis King of France, it is an iconic model of military fortification from the Middle Ages. This walled town sits against an unsoiled landscape inhabited by bulls, horses and bird species including the famous pink flamingoes.

  • Fontfroide Cistercian Abbey Fontfroide Cistercian Abbey

    Founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1093, this magnificent sandstone monastery features 12th century Romanesque cloisters and a chapter house as well as a garden of over 3000 rosebushes.

  • Villerouge Termenes Castle Villerouge Termenes Castle

    Built between the 12th and 13th centuries, this well-preserved rectangular castle features ramparts which offer stunning views, historical exhibits and a restaurant that serves authentic medieval cuisine.

  • Lagrasse Lagrasse

    Considered one of the most beautiful villages in France, it is famed for its Abbey, Medieval houses and streets, book and pottery fairs and a 12th century hump-backed bridge.

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