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Ile de Bendor, Bandol

Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • 2-minute crossing from Bandol and meet on the island of Bendor. Do the tour of the island on foot, admire the beautiful landscapes on the Mediterranean, all under the Sun with a little wind, very nice
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  • I was on the island of Bendor, on the occasion of the festival New Romance. This place is wonderful. The buildings are very beautiful.
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  • The island of Bendor will be always eternal, the little crossing of eight minutes between platforms of Bandol and those of Bendor, allows you upon arrival to discover a setting worthy of the telefilm "The prisoner". An architecture on a human scale, recalling the Côte d'Azur to once, a jagged side as in Britain which we toured in a time reveling in the landscape overlooking the La Ciotat Eagle beak and the coast. Two coffees and 4 restaurants to relax, finally cracks small and two small beaches well appointed to end the day.
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  • Superb views over the Bay of Bandol
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  • The strength of this island. ..
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