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A resort with a history

Today Fréjus is a beach resort and a tourist destination in one and, together with its neighbour St-Raphael, it boasts some very nice beaches. However, many people come here for a glimpse into the towns fascinating past as well as to enjoy the delights of the seaside!

Founded by Julius Caesar in 49BC it soon became a naval base and later Augustus used it as a colony for his veteran soldiers. Most of the Roman port has been built on although vestiges such as the Port d'Orée remain. The port was used until the Romans left but after that it was neglected and silted up.

Other important Roman heritage includes an Amphitheatre known as Les Arènes which could accommodate 10,000 spectators, a Theatre and some pillars and arcades from the Aqueduct. Not far from the Porte d'Orée is the so-called Groupe Épiscopal which consists of the Baptistery dating back to the 5C, the Provençal Gothic Cathedral and the wonderfully peaceful 12th & 13th Century Cloisters.

Oh, and don't forget Fréjus Plage on either side of the Port Fréjus where you can just sit and chill on the fine sandy beach while watching the yachts coming into and leaving the marina!

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Fréjus Tourist Office, 249 Rue Jean Jaurès, 83600 Fréjus, Var. +33 4 94 51 83 83

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Text © Paul Shawcross

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