Fréjus is located in the heart of the Riviera – in the region of Provence and the département of Var.
This prosperous town was the very first naval base in the Mediterranean in the days of the Ancient Romans and is steeped in emotion and history. It was destroyed many times in spite of the presence of the Roman Legions and in 49 B.C., Julius Caesar decided to have the Adrian Way built linking Italy with Spain. In those days the Phoenicians of Marseille had already set up a colony on the site, but it was the Roman emperor who gave the port its prosperity and the city its name of ‘Forum Julii’ meaning ‘market of Julius’. He also named its port ‘Claustra Maris’ (the sea bolt). It went on to become one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean, until the Pax Romana which marked the beginning of its decline.