You might come to Provence city of Fréjus for the beaches, which are plentiful and sandy, or the port, which is an upmarket base for summer fun. The city’s military legacy is compelling, and there are museums and monuments that commemorate a heritage going back to the 17th century.
There’s ancient history to uncover too, as Fréjus started life as the Roman port city of Forum Julii, with ruins of an aqueduct and amphitheatre still here. One of the oldest Christian buildings in France is also in Fréjus within the outstanding Cité Épiscopale, which also contains the medieval cathedral and cloister.
Lets explore the best things to do in Fréjus:
1. Fréjus Cathedral
The cathedral is embedded in a complex of medieval buildings, some going back to the earliest days of Christianity in France.
Known as the Cité Épiscopale, this ensemble was fortified and was set around the Gothic Bishop’s Palace.
The cube-shaped tower that caps the cathedral’s apse is a tough-looking reminder of these defences.
The cathedral itself was mostly built in the 1200s on top of a far older church from the 400s.
There are two naves, which were constructed at different times (one belonged to a defunct parish church) and then linked by an arcade.