Var (83150) Population: 7,431
Bandol is a seaside town (station balenaire) on the Mediterranean coast between Toulon and Cassis, east of Marseille.The town has a harbor shared by yachts and fishing boats, lots of shops, cafés, restaurants and events for visitors. Market day Daily, Tue.
Favorite Sons and Famous Visitors
Bandol was a favorite seaside resort in the early 20th century for numerous Anglophone writers and artists, including Aldous Huxley, Thomas Mann, Katherine Mansfield and DH Lawrence.
Aldous Huxley stayed in Bandol's Hotel Beau Rivage when he first arrived on the French Riviera. He stayed in the area for seven years, and during four months of that time he wrote his famous Brave New World. Not long after his arrival in Bandol, though, he moved into his Villa Huxley in nearby Sanary-sur-Mer.During the 1930s, Huxley socialized with other notables, including DH Lawrence, , and Virginia Woolf.
D. H. Lawrence had been staying at Bandol since October 1929 when Dr Andrew Morland, the English lung specialist, examined him and persuaded him that his long-neglected tuberculosis required urgent care. On his advice Lawrence moved on 6 February to a sanatorium in Vence .
Katherine Mansfield first resided in the Beau Rivage hotel, and then moved into the Villa Prélude where she lived from 1919 until 1925.
Some famous French artists of the time also visited or made a home in Bandol. including Fernandel, Raimu, Louis Lumière and singer Mistinguett.
Actor Raimu (Jules Muraire) lived in Bandol freom 1936 to 1944, in the villa La Ker Mocotte.
The leading light of photography and cinema, Louis Lumiere lived here in the villa Lumen, which he created by merging together two other villas, Les Ruins and Le Rêve Bleu. M. Lumiere died in Bandol on 6 June 1946,
Tel : 0494 29 41 35
• GPS: 43.221161, 5.75437
IGN (1/25,000) #3245 ET "Aubagane, La Ciotat, Ste-Baume"
IGN (1/25,000) #3346 OT "Toulon, Le Gro Cerveau, Mont Faron"
Department 83, Var Buses
- See Beyond's Var Department Bus Schedules for downloading the Var bus-lines map [Plan du Reseau] and bus-line schedules [Horaires] (link for PDF files).
- Schedules for the Var bus lines are on the VarLib Horaires-Ligne page (http://www.varlib.fr/horaires_ligne/?rub_code=6") - type the line number in the Numéro ... ligne box to access the bus schedule PDF link. (Type a couple of digits in the box to get a list of route numbers.)