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Ile de Bendor, Bandol
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The Île de Bendor is a French island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located 300m off the coast from the commune of Bandol, in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in south eastern France. It was bought and subsequently developed by the industrialist Paul Ricard in 1950. The island has a surface area of 0.08 km2, with a coastline of 1.5 km. The island is 17m high at its highest point. A frequent daily ferry service runs to the island from Bandol.FacilitiesThe island has a main hotel, the Hotel Delos, five restaurants, an artists village, boutiques, an art gallery and two museums: the Universal Exposition of Wines and Spirits (Exposition Universelle des Vins et Spiritueux, EUVS) and the Museum of Ricard Advertising Objects. The both museums were built by Ricard, admittance is free, but they are open during July and August only.Sporting amenities include tennis courts, water sports facilities, a diving club and a marina. The marina is the smallest on the Côte d'Azur, with a surface area of just 2.8 km2.HistoryIn 1950 the island was bought by the industrialist Paul Ricard (1909-1997) the founder of Ricard, the pastis manufacturer. At the time of Ricard's purchase the sole inhabitant of the island was a sheep. Ricard also bought the Île des Embiez in 1958, located nearby off the coast of Six-Fours-les-Plages.
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  • First, I would like to talk about the captain who took us on this beautiful island, who waited for us to ship and we paid only upon our return to the dock, a parenthesis in this man very very friendly thank you! Island is a jewel creeks and the path is idyllic but happiness for the eyes.. .easy on the eyes discovered exotic, few people besides given the period, the island was us... to see without concession to 7 minutes from the port
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  • You take the boat on the docks of Bandol (7 minutes from crossing, €10 AR end of October), and you land on a small magical island... calm and Zen there, fragrant gardens, magnificent views of 360 ° all around the island... a delight but I do not comment on the atmosphere in the summer when the island is overrun with tourists...
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  • a very friendly welcome on the ship for the voyage; damage, many shops are closed in November even not able to have a coffee! walk in the lovely Island, quiet serenity, exceptional views of the sea; sculptures, and interesting architecture;
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  • A little gem.
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  • It is a very beautiful island for walking
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  • Dear shuttle but very nice and quiet place
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  • beautiful
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