Great Escape to île de Bendor in the Côte d’Azur

ile de Bendor

I'm a real island girl so whenever I get a chance to escape to one, I do. This summer I discovered the most adorable little island just 5 minutes off the coast of Bandol in France. Ile de Bendor, or Bendor island, is also called ' the island of arts'. It was bought by Paul Ricard in the 1950s when it was nothing more than rocks, barren and wild greenery. Paul Ricard transformed the island into a Mediterranean garden with peaceful seaside walking routes, lush gardens and colourful … [Read more...]

Bandol winery tour

When you say Bandol, you say rosé wine. Bandol is the capital of the most prestigious French wines and especially French rosé. The Bandol wineries region, La Cadière-d’Azur, is the only wine region in the world that is dominated by the Mourvèdre grapes. My vacation in Bandol therefore had to include a tour past different vineyards and wineries. In fact, it'll be hard to ignore them if you are driving around because they are literally everywhere. With my Sunny Cars rental car, packed … [Read more...]

Postcard pictures from île des Embiez

ile des Embiez

The island of Embiez, or île des Embiez in French, is one of those islands you don't want to leave. After visiting the French island Porquerolles last year, I was determined to find an equally blissful experience this year. I love the beaches on the Côte d'Azur, don't get me wrong, but I was looking for more natural surroundings and more intimate, smaller coves.  The French call them criques (pronounce as creeks). Thanks to a local wine farmer I visited the day before, I was directed to île des … [Read more...]

Côte d’Azur Travel Tip: Le Castellet

If you are one of my regular readers you must have noticed that I have a soft spot for small, quaint villages. Wherever I travel in Europe I try to discover these little gems that can satisfy my photography addiction and nurture my wanderlust. I just love to feed my curiosity as I roam the streets and meander into backstreets and hidden courtyards. So while staying in Bandol, a French seaside town, I also ventured into the backland to the medieval village Le Castellet. I had read and heard a lot … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: Hôtel Le Delos on île de Bendor

Hotel Delos Ile de Bendor

During my latest trip to the Côte d'Azur I stayed in one of the most charming hotels I have ever stayed in. Hôtel Le Delos is located on the tiny island Bendor, 5 minutes ferry trip off the coast of Bandol's harbour. Bendor island, or île de Bendor, is owned by Paul Ricard, who is famous for his signature French liquor Pastis; an anise flavoured spirit. The small island has five restaurants, a beach, an artist village with shops, an art gallery and two museums. It's a traffic free island, … [Read more...]

Côte d’Azur travel tip: Ramatuelle

Ramatuelle

When visiting the Côte d'Azur there are so many cute villages on my list that I never get to finish my list. During my last visit to France, I really enjoyed Port Grimaud and Bormes les Mimosas. I also went to the village Ramatuelle, which was only a 10 min drive from my hotel in  Saint Tropez. Compared to the other villages, I found Ramatuelle to have a bohemian vibe to it. I went during the day, but I can imagine it's even more fun in the evening when all terraces are packed and romantically … [Read more...]

Visiting Port Grimaud in the Côte d’Azur

Port Grimaud

If you're staying in the Côte d'Azur, a visit to Port Grimaud is truly a must. The waterside town is only 8 km from Saint Tropez. Port Grimaud is often referred to as the little Venice of France due to its maze of canals, bridges and quays lined with colourful houses. It is however not that old. The residential marina-village, was built in 1966 in a provencal style with a modern twist. Designed by the famous 20th century architect Francois Spoerry the streets almost seem to emerge from the … [Read more...]