Ile de Bendor, Bandol

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Island Nature / Park
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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  • We had lunch at Dallos we enjoyed the view the food was not exsptional for the price..we did not have much of choice it was the only restaurant open at this pireoid  more »
  • Excellent stay in this very small island having few villas and one hotel, 3 beachs ( only one public) and other snack bars and restaurants. Direct schuttle from Bandol city (7mn cross). Owned by Paul ...  more »
  • Just st a few minutes away from the town centre and with a regular ferry you will find this quiet island with a good walk and a few beaches. There a three or four restaurants which are reasonably pric...  more »
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  • A Provencal port in miniature imagined by Mr. Paul Ricard
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  • Very nice place. Great view and beautiful harbour
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  • 10 minutes by boat from Bandol, a small change of scenery on an island.
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  • Beautiful small island with lots of charm
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