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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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  • We visited in off-season, we had the impression of being alone in the world in an abandoned island.
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  • If the price of the crossing is a bit expensive for such a short distance from Bandol (7 minutes of boat), this is still worth a glance. The island is charming, full of vegetation and dotted with sculptures here and there... In September, when the children have returned to school, the place is very quiet and relaxing. There is a free exhibition of wines and spirits, with beautiful bottles. It's a huge collection built up over the years. Around the island walk is done fairly quickly. to get an idea, we spent 2 hours on the island to do the round + the exhibition of wines and spirits + a small stop at the beach, all taking lots of photos. Small negative anyway in this beautiful landscape: a building to surrender to broken windows, which lies close to the garden of Neptune. It spoils the landscape and the magic of the place.
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  • Excellent diving beautiful to do absolutely super club framing heavenly place to disconnect from the daily
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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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