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Bandol is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region in southeastern France. Bandol is famous for the internationally recognized wines of the Provence regions. Based around the fishing village of Bandol, west of Toulon, the AOC is produced by 8 communes with silicon and limestone soils. Those soils and the warn climate are ideally suited for the late ripening Mourverdre grape which is the major variety. Bandol is the only region whose wine is dominated by the Mourverdre grape, which performed differently depending on the particular terroir of the region. The main attractions are located in the neighboring city of Marseille.
Top Attractions within Bandol
The Old Port or Vieux Port is the main harbor in Marseille, near Bandol. It is guarded by two massive forts and is one of the main places to eat in the city. There are dozens of cafes line the waterfront. The Quai des Belges at the ned of the harbor is the site of the daily fish market.
La Vieille Charite is located in Marseille, near Bandol, an architecturally significant building designed by the Puget brothers. The central baroque chapel is situated in a courtyard lined with arcaded galleries. Originally built as an alms house, it is now home to an archaeological museum and gallery of African and Asian art, as well as bookshops and a café.
Museum of History is the National Marseille historical museum located near Bandol, located in the Centre Bourse. It contains records of the Greek and Roman history of Marseille as well as the best preserved hull of a 6th century boat in the century. Ancient remains from the Hellenic port are displayed in the adjacent archaeological gardens, the Jardin des Vestiges.
The Palais de la Bourse is located within the small village of Bandol, in Marseiile. It is a 19th century building housing the chamber of commerce, the first such an institution in France. It also contains a small museum, charting the maritime and commercial history of Marseille, as well as a separate collection of models and ships.