Bandol, a quaint fishing town

Bandol-harbour-Provence

Marina

Bandol is a quaint fishing town located in the department of Var and nestled within the embrace of a sweeping Mediterranean bay.

Bandol is renowned for its clear waters, sandy beaches and little creeks surrounded by pines and willows that have turned it into a popular seaside resort since the early 1920’s.

It was on the Plage du Barry, a pretty pebble cove, that Jacques Cousteau, Philippe Tailliez and Frédéric Dumas made the first tests of the aqualung in 1943.

Bandol is a mere 80 minutes drive from Lourmarin.

The town is bustling on market day mornings with street stalls stretching all along the sea front.

Market shoppers spill out onto the streets, sipping their cappucinos, some even clutching an early vin rosé!

An ancient and renowned vineyard

Perhaps that could be forgiven, as despite the slightly mid morning hour, they are in one of Provence’s most famous and delicious wine growing areas – les vignobles de Bandol.

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Bandol vineyards

The vineyards of Bandol, in the hills between La Ciotat and Toulon, are indeed some of the oldest in France.

It is believed that the Romans planted the first vines in Bandol over 2,500 years ago.

Bandol’s close proximity to the port of Marseille meant that this full bodied, yet velvety red wine, was a popular export.

That said, you might be tempted by the fruity and racy rosé or the full bodied, yet fine white!

Bandol wine bottles could be found in India or Brazil 2 centuries ago!

Discovering Bandol before the summer season

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Early spring…

The atmosphere of Bandol pre summer season is already reminiscent of careless summer days.

As you stroll along the quay side, you can admire the neat moorings of cheery, brightly painted boats.

Palm trees and shuttered buildings above bustling little stores are already there.

They sport this year’s display of T-shirts, swim suits, sun hats and all the typical wares of a seaside destination.

Brightly coloured awnings, some pulled out in order to provide some shade, already provide bright splashes of colour.

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Mimosa

The town’s carousel is all spruced up in readiness for all the excited little people, who would soon be laughingly enjoying its roundabout thrill.

Little sticky fingers, ice cream smeared smiles, grinning broadly for the camera clicks of their proud onlooking parents, joyfully capturing happy memories!

And there is beautiful mimosa everywhere!

Mimosa is surely one of Provence’s most defining blooms.

Museums and wine lovers will enjoy the short ride by shuttle boat to the Ile de Bendor.

This little island is located just off the marina.

It boasts a wine and spirits museum gathering over 8000 bottles coming from 52 different countries!

The industrialist Paul Ricard developed in the 1950s!

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Coordinates and map Bandol: Lat 43.136418 – Long 5.754186

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