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Not to be confused with Bendor Range.

The Île de Bendor (pronounced: [il də bendor]) is a French island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located 300m off the coast from the commune of Bandol, in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in south eastern France. It was bought and subsequently developed by the industrialist Paul Ricard in 1950.[1] A frequent daily ferry service runs to the island from Bandol.[2] The island has a surface area of 0.08 km2, with a coastline of 1.5 km. The island is 17m high at its highest point.[3]


The island has a main hotel, the Hotel Delos, five restaurants, an artists village, boutiques and an art gallery. Two museums are on the island, the Universal Exposition of Wines and Spirits (Exposition Universelle des Vins et Spiritueux, EUVS) and a Museum of Ricard Advertising Objects.[4] Both museums were built by Ricard, and are open during the summer holiday season.[5] Sporting amenities include tennis courts, water sports facilities and a diving club.[4] The marina is the smallest on the Côte d'Azur, with a surface area of just 2.8 km2.[6]


In 1950 the island was bought by the industrialist Paul Ricard (1909-1997) the founder of Ricard, the pastis manufacturer. At the time of Ricard's purchase the sole inhabitant of the island was a sheep.[5] Ricard also bought the Île des Embiez in 1958, located nearby off the coast of Six-Fours-les-Plages.[1] The island commemorates Ricard's birthday on the 9 July every year.[5]

Under Ricard's patronage the island became a magnet for the jet set of the 1960s. Visitors to the island included Salvador Dalí, Josephine Baker and Paul Belmondo, the actors Raimu, Fernandel and Melina Mercouri, and the singers Luis Mariano and Jacques Dutronc.[6] A monolith built by Ricard dominates the marina.[6] The monolith is inscribed with the phrase "Nul bien sans peine" ("No pain, no gain") which was Ricard's personal philosophy. Ricard built the monolith in tribute to Pierre Paul Puget, a Provençal sculptor, painter and architect of the 17th century. It was from Puget that Ricard took the motto.[6]

See also[edit]

  • The island of Embiez, bought by Ricard in 1958.


  1. ^ a b Nicola Williams (2010). Lonely Planet Provence & the Côte D'Azur. Lonely Planet. pp. 306–. ISBN 978-1-74059-544-5. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bendor - Access". Bendor Island. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Charles Arnold (1 August 2008). Mediterranean Islands. Survival Books. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-9556489-1-5. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Bendor - Welcome". Bendor Island. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Bendor - Museum of Advertising Objects". Bendor Island. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Bendor - Handy Guide". Bendor Island. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 

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Coordinates: 43°07′38.84″N 5°44′59.35″E / 43.1274556°N 5.7498194°E / 43.1274556; 5.7498194