Louis XIV decided to offer a maritime outlet to the Canal du Midi. Thus was born Cette, celebrated by nautical jousts which became associated the city. This port made its wealth thanks to the wine trade. It has since become France's largest fishing port in the Mediterranean.
The spelling of the name evolved over time, eventually becoming Sète, by ministerial decree, in 1928.
The urbanization and architecture of the city testify of the wealth of former times. A particular lease of life has inspired great writers, poets, singers (Paul Valery, Jean Vilar, Georges Brassens ...) as well as painters who exhibit throughout the world.
SOME RECOMMENDATIONS TO DISCOVER SETE:
AN ESSENTIAL: an evening at the Théâtre de la Mer
This former fort, reconfigured as a theater at the beginning of the 60's, is an incredible amphitheater in open sky. The greatest international artists have performed for the pleasure of playing with the sea in the background. Magical!