Coming from Marseille, on the way to Toulon, you pass through Bandol or the ring road. In this case you will miss a seaside resort on a pretty bay which has been very popular since the 19th century.
Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz
© travel-magazine TV 2016
Sanary-sur-Mer has been an insider tip for more than 100 years and has a more eventful history: After 1933 Rene Schickele got his persecuted friends - Bertolt Brecht, Lion Feuchtwanger, the brothers Mann, Erwin Piscator, Ernst Toller, Franz Werfel and many others.
Sanary thus became the refuge of an elite expelled from Nazi Germany. This only worked well until 1940, when many who had not emigrated to the USA in time were interned by the Vichy government in the infamous camps, e.g. at Les Milles near Aix-en-Provençe. Some (the Feuchtwangers, Werfels as well as Heinrich and Golo Mann) managed an adventurous escape across the Pyrenees. Mann's villa «La Tranquille», blown up in 1944 before the Allies landed, was rebuilt.
Today Bandol and Sanary-sur-Mer are still very popular bathing resorts.
The rosé of Bandol, one of the best tasting wines in the area, is just as good.