Founded in 49 BC by Julius Caesar along the Aurelian way, Fréjus grew to become one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean with a population of about 40,000 before being largely destroyed in the 10th century by the invading Saracens. The modern day town is split into two, with Fréjus-plage holding its own against nearby Côte d'Azur superstars St-Tropez and Ste-Maxime, and Fréjus-ville considered one of the Var region's main historical sites. The area receives a huge number of sun seekers during the summer months.


The beaches of Fréjus and nearby St-Raphael have lovely stretches of turquoise waters and, being clean, safe and boasting good facilities, these both make excellent family beaches.

Up and above the beach, Fréjus' old town has plenty of attractions. The beautiful Cathédrale de St-Léonce dates back to the 13th century and the early days of Gothic architecture. Leading off it, the Cloisters and the Baptistry both incorporate elements from Fréjus' Roman temples, and the Baptistry, built in the 4th century, is the first of its kind in mainland France. Finally, the Musée Archéologique is also housed within the same fortified complex and showcases Fréjus' various Roman remains, including a fantastic bust of Hermes.

Next stop should be Les Arènes, Fréjus' 2nd century amphitheater which can pack in as many as 10,000 people to see its bull fights. Otherwise, around the town there are a number of Roman relics to be spotted, such as the remains of the viaduct or the theater, and the rugged Massif de l'Estère to the East has a couple of good walks which culminate in superb views along the coast.

The more adventurous have a number of good options for daytrips. St-Tropez, Ste-Maxime and Port Grimaud are all great place to visit, albeit a bit overcrowded, whilst inland, Les Arcs has some lovely Côtes de Provences vineyards.


Fréjus and the surrounding area has the usual classy boutiques, typical of the Côte d'Azur, whilst the numerous markets, boucheries and poissoneries sell a wide range of excellent Provençal delicacies. The local wine is also particularly good.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Eating out in Fréjus is relatively expensive, though the quality is often very good. The main restaurants either serve up traditional French cuisine or copious portions of pizza and pasta.

The seafront is a decent place for evening drinks, but those wanting to dance will have to head in the direction of St-Tropez and Ste-Maxime where the nightlife really takes off.

Tourist Information

Tel: + 33 (0)4 94 51 83 83Email: tourisme@frejus.frWebsite:


Nice International Airport is about 35 minutes from Fréjus and has flights which leave to a large number of international and domestic destinations. Otherwise, Toulon airport is about an hour away in the other direction, with flights to Stansted and Gatwick.

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