The 14 communes gathered under the urban conglomeration of "Sète agglopôle méditerranée" make up the “Thau archipelago.” These towns share not only a remarkable environment, full of maritime activities and cultural and economic exchanges, but also a common history, identity, and heritage.
Gastronomy, vineyards, and shellfish.
Whether on the shores of the Thau Lagoon (a veritable interior sea) or further inland, make sure not to miss the local gastronomical delights. Taste our renowned oysters in Meze and Bouzigues, or our famous “tielles” (small pies filled with octopus and seafood) in Sète. If you’re thirsty, you can sip muscat in Frontignan, Mireval, and Vic-la-Gardiole; Noilly-Prat in Marseillan; and the white wine Picpoul in Pinet.
Historical sites and charming villages.
Our region houses centuries of architectural heritage, from Roman villas, to medieval churches and abbeys, to traditional “circulade” villages (Balaruc-le-Vieux, Poussan, Gigean, Loupian, and Montbazin) and typical wine-growers’ homes. Don’t forget the canals of Sète, which open on to the Canal du Midi.
Between the sea and the hills, you will find our well-protected natural heritage: lagoons, craggy limestone ranges, vineyards, and the hardy plants of the “garrigue” (grassy scrubland). From the peaks of the Gardiole hills, you can overlook the lagoons of the region—a paradise for birds and a haven for biodiversity.
A way of life.
Nautical jousting, oyster festivals, summertime gastronomical celebrations, and convivial festivities of all sorts are an integral part of our lifestyle. The Thau archipelago is a paradise for watersport lovers, with opportunities for sailing, kayaking, diving, etc. Those seeking to focus on wellness will enjoy relaxing in Balaruc-les-Bains, a first-class thermal spa town.
The Thau archipelago can be discovered through its lagoons, its vineyards, its garrigues, or its seashores…agglopole.fr