Situated between Marseille and Toulon, Bandol is an internationally known seaside resort, labelled France Station Nautique, and became in 1990 the boating capital of the Mediterranean. The town also has a large marina and is widely renowned for its vineyards. The clarity of its water and its rich underwater world have made it a popluar place for diving. The islands of Bendor and Embiez as well as Cassis are all within easy reach.
Environment : 3 minute walk to the harbour of Bandol and 5 minutes from the beach.
PLACES TO VISIT:
Sanary sur Mer. 6 km. Delightful seaside resort with picturesque quay, colourful houses, lively streets and terraces shaded by palm trees. Beautiful views from its 16th century Chapel Notre Dame de Pitié, over the coast and the small islands that lie offshore.
St Cyr sur Mer. 9 km. In a bay sheltering 3 little harbours and a 2-km long sandy beach, an attractive coastal setting backed by a mix of pine forests and renowned vineyards. Many watersports activities available.
Le Castellet. 12 km. A stunning medieval hill top village in a typical Provencal and picturesque setting and one of the area''s top tourist attractions. Also famous for its Paul Ricard race track.
La Ciotat. 20 km. Delightful seaside resort with excellent beach, fabulous rocky inlets, old picturesque fishing port and great Mediterranean atmosphere.
THINGS TO DO:
Jardin Exotique et Zoo, Sanary sur Mer. 5 km. Animal park. On Provencal hills and overlooking the Bay of Bandol, a park of tropical plants and cacti, as well as a wide variety of animals including monkeys, llamas, parrots and flamingos.
Coudou Parc, Six Fours les Plages. 10 km. Tree top adventure park. Swinging from tree to tree using rope bridges, giant zip lines and other devices, 9 trails available for the whole family.
Golf de Dolce Frégate, St Cyr sur Mer. 5 km. Golf course. 18 holes Par 72 - 6210m. Beautiful golf course, famous for its terraced tees and in a very privileged location.
Aqualand, St Cyr sur Mer. 15 km. Waterpark. Superb waterpark in lush vegetation. 4 hectares of water games, a total of 11 water attractions: a wave pool, 8 waterslides, etc. A lot of fun for the whole family and all abilities.
Cassis. 30 km. Chic seaside resort at the foot of the tall Cap Canaille cliff, with picturesque fishing port lined with attractive traditional pastel painted buildings and plenty of cafes and restaurants.
Hyères. 35 km. Attractive seaside resort with walled and medieval centre, once the favourite summer resort of celebrities, some of the intellectual elite and the rich. The town and its peninsula have almost 40 km of pristine sand beaches and rocky inlets to offer.
Iles d''Hyères. 55 km. Group of islands off the coast from Hyères, which includes the islands of Porquerolles, Le Levant and Port Cros (National Park). The 3 car-free islands together form a rare and beautiful environment, one of the loveliest in France. Boat crossings from Hyères, Giens peninsula, Le Lavandou, Toulon.
Bormes les Mimosas. 55 km. Beautiful and picturesque medieval village set in the hills above the coast.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Low cost flights from UK to Marseille (1 hr), Nice (1 hr 45mn).