There's lots to see and do here as well as the beach. Fréjus is a great place to stay while discovering the rest of the Côte D'Azur and the kids won't complain about "another quaint litle village"
The need to see and feel the deep Mediterranean hits me regularly. To cure this longing for fresh, clear waters and blue skies, I usually head to Fréjus, between St. Tropez and Cannes. I am lucky; it’s only an hour away from where I live.
Although only 65 km from Nice and 35 km from Cannes, Fréjus is certainly not as glamorous and chic as these two but what really stands out is the striking contrast of the old and new: the Roman remains, narrow streets and plethora of small shops in old Fréjus combine beautifully with the new port area and its magnificent beaches.
Beach lovers will probably want to check out the main beach area first; follow the signs to Port Fréjus leading to the marina that is chic and modern - you will be impressed by the line up of yachts as well as the beach itself. This sandy beach, with safe turquoise waters, is 2km long and 100 metres wide stretching all the way to neighbouring St. Raphael.
Not very well known among tourists, but popular amongst the locals, is the Base Nature - right at the very end of the Marina opposite end to St. Raphael. This is a huge area of public land with more beach area. Used also for recreation and nature protection, locals go here to play rugby, volleyball, skating and even kite flying. If the sea is too choppy because of the Mistral (the local wind) then go indoors and use the 25 metre pool there. It’s open from 11am to 7pm and costs only 3 euro per visit.
Roman and historic Fréjus
Where to eat, drink and be merry
Bars, cafés, pubs and restaurants are numerous especially as you walk along the beach front at the Marina itself. The most attended discotheque in Fréjus is La Playa on the boulevard de la Liberation on the waterfront. (www.lapwww.laplaya.fr.st; +33 4 945 22298).
Where to stay
There’s a huge choice here; hotels, guest houses and some very good camp sites. I mostly go to Fréjus for the day but once stayed in a mobile home at Camping La Baume, a french campsite situated about 5km from the sea (Route des Combattants). Here you can rent bungalows and studios, or come with your caravan, camping car or tent. The camp had a definite warm international atmosphere, its own restaurant, five outdoor swimming pools and shows in the evening; a true French four-star campsite.
Right in the centre of Fréjus at 35 Rue Grisolle is a quaint hotel suitable for families, Hotel le Flore. The eleven rooms in this two-star hotel are all priced differently depending on how many people are staying; during the peak season a double room costs 75 euro. Breakfast costs 7 euro.
If you need pampering in style go to the Accor Thalassa Port-Fréjus at Rue des Forces Francaises Libres. Located on the marina, guests have direct access to the beach. The thalasso centre linked to the hotel offers all the usual spa treatments including a sea water swimming pool. Prices start at 60 euro per person for a double room at this three star hotel.