Located off Bandol coast, privately owned Bendor Island is a hidden treasure of Var Provence with an easy access all year round.
Guests will depart Bandol pier on board a traditional “Pointu”, these ancestral fishing timber boats owe their name to symmetrical pointed bow and aft; handmade, each is unique. Soon they will reach Bendor.
Dreamed and created for and by the industrialist Paul Ricard in the 1950, the island is best explored by foot while you may get alternatively on the small tourist train.
During summertime, an impressive collection of 8,000 wine bottles supports a temporary exhibition you may want to attend. It may be coupled to a paintings’ exhibit; some of them by the hand of Paul Ricard. Learn about the island creation, the industrialist’s family & life. Successful figure in the industry Paul Ricard was also an artist and a philanthropist. From art galleries and craft shops to hotels and restaurants, visitors find all conveniences on the spot.
Afternoon can be spent at leisure on Bendor…
Or you may as well opt for spa services when back in Bandol ; let’s get pampered : seaweeds or mud body wrap, facials, massage or simply take advantage of the salted swimming pool of the Thalazur Spa on Ile Rousse.
What to do:
1/ The tour boasts:
The “pointu” boat ride
The exquisite island visit escorted or on own
The tourist train ride
The Arts Village on the island
For more: Lunch in one of the restaurants of the island
An after lunch “pétanque” game
Duration: about 2 to 3 h depending on the formula
2/ An afternoon in the Thalazur Spa in Bandol Ile Rousse may resume the previous 3 hour tour once guests return to Bandol after lunch.
The getaway on the Island
The “pointu” ride
Being pampered at the spa
Duration: about 5 h (depending on the formula)
Type of excursion
Type of public
Duration of the visit
1 or ½ day excursion
All ages (disabled access: Yes – to tour the island you may board the tourist train that can accommodate the wheelchair)
About 2-5 hours + transportation (depending on the formula)
VIP Tour | Medium group | Large group
Segment: Economic | Medium | Luxury
7 minute boat drive from Bandol
Add another 15 minute drive if travelling from St Cyr-sur-Mer, Sanary-sur-Mer or a 20 minute one from Toulon / La Seyne
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The Var Provence Cruise Club remains at your disposal to help you finding new excursion ideas or specific providers and to give you qualified contacts thanks to its extended network.