Ile de Bendor, Bandol

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Bendor Island 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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  • Charming island where it is good to rest when in Bandol beaches are full. It's quiet, the water is clear and nothing that take the ferry to cross, one has a feeling of little trip... The evening is nice to eat on the island.
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  • Island 5 minutes by regular boat all day from the port of Bandol: fairly large with beautiful marine landscapes of the area side; several beaches but small; some restaurants in front Bandol.Belle central square with a few shops and services(massages_par_exemple).un especially big hotel. Nice atmosphere for all, walks on foot; rentals of tourism in pretty houses in the center of the "village" / to visit this island created by Paul RICARD. Would require, however, that some old empty buildings to be renovated because sometimes Recalling the Alcatraz prison. Family summer rather stay
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  • €14 / person for a five-minute crossing. Try to get there otherwise! (With a friend who has a boat, or rent a boat for the day if you are many...) The site of the island is superb you too concrete places. Avoid the bars and restaurants that are expensive and mediocre. Very bad value for money.
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  • Lovely little island, very romamtic
  • Everything is closed off season and not given crossing but a nice quiet discovery
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  • Very beautiful island, very quiet
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  • A beautiful island has not to miss during your visit to BANDOL.
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