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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  • If you are ever in Bandol, a visit to Ile de Bendor is a must. Just a short ferry ride away, this island is so very beautiful. Unfortunately, the island was mostly closed when we visited (first week i...  more »
  • Stayed in Bandol at the Ike de arousse hitel - superb. Went on boat over to Bendor for lunch. The island is well worth the visit, it has hotels and restaurants but one night would be sufficient  more »
  • A beautiful ballad that starts with a small boat trip. Small shops nice nice restaurant welcoming a dream at sea landscape. A nice place to spend a day.
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  • Lovely little island, very romamtic
  • A beautiful island has not to miss during your visit to BANDOL.
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