Frejus

Overview

Introduction

In Roman times, the port city of Frejus, founded in 49 BC by Julius Caesar, was second in importance only to Marseille. While many of the sections of the Roman city were completely destroyed, the few parts that remain to this day offer an extremely interesting window into the past. There are sections of a 25-mi-/40-km-long aqueduct that can be seen along the N7 towards the Siagnole River. A fairly well-preserved 1st-2nd century arena, Arenes, just north of the Port de Gaules on Rue Vadon, is still used today for concerts and bullfights.

Don't miss the Musee Archeologique housed in the Cathedrale St.-Leonce et Cloitre at Place Formige, with finds from archeological excavations all around the Frejus area. The fortified cathedral and cloister date from the 12th century. Phone 0494-521578. http://www.ville-frejus.fr/culture/musees-et-monuments-2/musee-archeologique.

The town's promenade along the sea is lively and features a market on Saturday and Sunday with all types of wares being sold, such as beautiful Provencal linens and tablecloths, soaps, lavender, olive oil and other food products and souvenirs. A long stretch of beach along the east side of town stretches toward the neighboring town of St. Raphael.

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