The camping Les Cigales in Vias welcomes you in a preserved environment near the Mediterranean. Appreciated in particular for its numerous activities as well as for its leisure and relaxation facilities, the 3-star establishment is a convenient starting point for discovering the Hérault and other charming destinations such as Sète, Portiragnes, Agde or Valras.
It takes about half an hour to drive to Sète from the campsite. Once there, you’ll have a choice of beautiful beaches suitable for walking, swimming and a host of water sports.
Located on the road to Marseillan, not far from the Etang de Thau, the Jalabert beach attracts many families. Accessible on foot or by bike, it is characterized in particular by its wild side and the calm that reigns there. Its particularly well-developed dune area protects the beach and makes it a good place to swim, including with young children. The beach is also the perfect place to recharge your batteries under the Mediterranean sun, or to indulge in various water sports.
Straddling Sète and Marseillan, the 3 Digues beach is more modern than the Jalabert beach. Indeed, it has a first aid post during the summer period, but also a service area for motor homes. If you plan to drive there, you will not have any trouble finding a place in the large car park on the beach. It is also possible to reach the 3 Digue beach via the cycle path.
This is the resort’s last beach on the Lido, on the edge of the Etang de Thau. Unlike the other beaches in the town, this one is very busy, especially in the summer period. It is also set back from the city centre – 10 km to be exact. It is however closer to Marseillan Plage – about 4 km. The Castellas beach also has a large car park, and swimming is supervised during the summer months.
There are many other beaches in Sète that are popular with holidaymakers, including the Fontaine, Lazaret, Baleine and Corniche beaches. They are also seduced by the criques the creeks of the Nau or the Vigie.
Several activities await you in Sète and its surroundings. The birthplace of Georges Brassens, whose canals and fishing port have earned it the name “Venice of the Languedoc”, is known for its long sandy beaches, but not only that. We have selected a few places that are worth a visit.
The history of the town of Sète begins with the creation of the port. Indeed, if Louis XIV to found this city, it is to offer a maritime outlet to the Canal du Midi. The port quickly took an important place in the daily life of the inhabitants but also in the local culture – it is used as a setting each year for the organisation of the famous nautical jousts. The scenery of the city centre is furthermore also marked by canals, small squares as well as straight alleys. The Royal Canal is one of the must-sees in this part of the city, as is the Promenade Jean-Baptiste Mary, around which there are good restaurants. In particular, the Royal Canal is a must-see in this part of the city, as is the Jean Baptiste Mary Promenade, around which there are good seafood restaurants.
Let yourself be tempted by a discovery of Sète from the heights. The belvedere of Mont Saint-Clair allows you to enjoy a panoramic view of exceptional beauty both on the city and on the sea and the Thau Lagoon.
Mont Saint-Clair also has many wooded areas but also emblematic tourist sites such as the marine cemetery, where Paul Valéry and Jean Vilar are buried, and the Sète lighthouse.
The museum that honours the king of words pulling on his bouffarde is one of the most visited places in Sète – the establishment welcomes 50,000 visitors each year, excuse the pun!
For many fans of the songwriter, the visit is always a most moving experience. For a moment, the voice of this illustrious character echoes in visitors’ ears. With the establishment’s stereo headphones, everyone can listen to the artist’s songs and interviews. The museum also pays tribute to him through photos, objects and press articles, which allow visitors to discover or better understand his career, between Sète and Paris.
The city’s marina ends with that magnificent pier that is the Môle Saint-Louis. This breakwater, whose origins date back to 1666, is perfect for a quiet stroll with family or friends. The place also offers a splendid view of the city. The Môle Saint-Louis lighthouse is located at the end of the pier. A popular spot for many visitors, the place offers an exceptional view of the marina.
The boat ride is both a relaxing moment and an original way to discover the city and its surroundings. Several excursions, by sailboat, catamaran or motorboat, are regularly organised from the city’s port. Holidaymakers take advantage of these maritime escapades to explore other more or less nearby destinations such as the Cap d’Agde, the Côte Vermeille or the Camargue.