After a seafood lunch on the coast of Bandol we walked over to the ferry port of Bandol for a 10 min trip to Bendor Island or the Ile de Bendor to the locals.
You will find the departure times and the ticket prices on the website: https://www.lesilespaulricard.com/acces-ile-bendor/
The island was purchased in 1950 by Paul Ricard famously known for the creation of the Ricard pastis or Pernod in 1932, an anise and licorice flavoured aperitif. Mr Ricard was also famous for his love of nature and the arts. When he purchased the island it was deserted and uninhabitable. He set about turning it into a habitable paradise with little multicolored houses where he could invite friends and family to enjoy the quietness and relax surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. During the 1960’s this 7 hectare island became host to a number of artists from all realms of the artistic world including Dali, Fernandel and Josephine Baker.
There are plenty of places to enjoy like:
- Glass blowers to basket makers, ceramists to jewellery makers
- The Art Gallery which pays tribute to Paul Ricard who was also a talented painter
- The Ricard Museum of Advertising Objects which houses a collection of items owned by Paul Ricard
- The Museum of Wine and Spirits which houses a collection drinks from all over the world
Restaurants and little cafes and 2 white sand beaches to hang out on
What more could you want?