Nestling on the coast between Marseille and Toulon, the little town of Bandol is a superbly relaxing seaside holiday destination. It's ideal for families, sun-seekers and, with its exceptionally good transport connections, anyone wanting to tour Provence without a car - not generally an easy option in this region unless you are basing yourself in one of the larger cities.

Our guide below explores the town itself, its attractions and activities, plus the delightfully odd offshore island of Bendor and the excursions you can make using Bandol as a base.

Click here to read more about Bandol's trump card, its miles of beaches; here to discover another powerful draw for gastronomes, its world-class wines; here for our review of the top hotel-spa in town, the Île Rousse; and here to read about our visit to the eccentric hotel-restaurant Delos on the nearby island of Bendor. logoClick here to book a hotel in Bandol

bandol holel des bainsThe bright, relaxed and unpretentious seaside resort of Bandol has a lot to offer. Expect miles of beaches, great shopping and buzzing seafront restaurants and bars - and some excellent wines.

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