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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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  • Excellent diving beautiful to do absolutely super club framing heavenly place to disconnect from the daily
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  • Although the maritime liaison exclusive Paul Ricard is a bit expensive, but visiting Bendor to enjoy the Zen of the island and walk around on foot before resting on the beach, or sit at one of the many terraces.
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  • A little bit out of time accessible by shuttle from Bandol. To visit the Museum. Free entry. Personal collection of wines and spirits from Mr Paul Ricard is exposed. This island is much smaller than that of Bandor. We can take the walk. Nice ride. The architecture of the houses of all small port Bandor is very attractive to l.oeil. Two flat according to me: catering for tourists is not affordable and far from being exceptional for lunch there. This policy is IMHO maintained to avoid a certain segment of the population. Another downside. A large abandoned building a tip of the island not very shimmering eye.
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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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