Phocaeans founded Hyères in the 4th century B.C. Its original name was Olbia “The Blessed One”, a fortified maritime outpost and a colony on the way to Marseille (Massilia) whose importance equalled that of bigger cities of the region such as Nikaia (Nice), Antipolis (Antibes) and Agathé (Agde). The archaeological site of Olbia is the only one on the Mediterranean coast to have been preserved in its entirety. After the Phocaeans, Romans occupied the site. Later on, it was the ground of a medieval abbey. Since the mid-19th century, archaeological excavations have unearthed remnants of private dwellings, sanctuaries, paved streets, public baths, etc.
An archaeological adventure suitable for the entire family
The archaeological site is opened to the public and may be visited independently or accompanied by one of the site’s fascinating guides who will tell you all about the way Olbians used to live under the protection of their gods. The excavations have also revealed how the city used to be sub-divided in neighbourhoods, revealing much about the way its first inhabitants’ – fishermen, ceramists, soldiers – way of life. Come take a walk through these Ancient vestiges at any time of the year.
A submarine archaeological trail is also opened to the general public from June to September
The ancient vestiges in Olbia
The archeological site from above