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Bandol, Cote d'Azur / French Riviera

Between Marseille and Toulon, this pleasant town is the oldest seaside resort on the coast. It has become a popular resort for water sports enthusiasts. It has one of the first vineyards to have obtained a controlled designation of origin (AOC) in 1941. The reputation of Bandol wines is worldwide.

What makes this city special?

It was the arrival of the railway in 1859 that made Bandol a famous seaside resort. Famous tourists include Thomas Mann, Marcel Pagnol, Aldous Huxley, Mistinguett, Raimu and Fernandel. Today, with its 11 beaches and creeks, Bandol offers a multitude of water activities that will delight swimmers and divers. Don't miss Grand Vallat beach, opposite the Grand Hôtel des Bains, at the entrance to Bandol, Rènecros beach, one of the most popular because it is located in a cove sheltered from the winds, des Engraviers, a natural and wild calanque, or even that of Barry, famous for having seen the birth of modern scuba diving. From the port, take a shuttle to the island of Bendor, a marvelous place for a walk whose paths dotted with works of art are like an open-air museum. Back on the mainland, between two swims, a visit to the exotic garden and zoo of Sanary-Bandol is a must. We discover an incredible collection of tropical plants and many rare species of animals. Bandol also offers hiking trails, including the coastal one, a must! Finally, the city remains a renowned destination for its wines. Take advantage of your stay to visit an area, without forgetting to stroll to the market, which takes place every morning in the city center, to discover the local specialties.


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