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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  • Warm location facing the sea but happiness friendly lovely to recommend
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  • A small corner of paradise in 10 minutes by boat from Bandol. Change of scenery. Two nice hotels to accommodate you. A nice sandy beach, and small corners in the rocks to enjoy the panorama. A nice family outing.
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  • Visited in March we felt alone in the world on a deserted island! a small wonder, with beautiful views all around the island. Ride accessible to all.
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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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