Bandol and Sanary-sur-Mer

I’d love any recommendations of places to eat and visit in these two places and surrounding area. Having a four night stay there with family next week, very much open minded as to what to do, though obviously good food and wine should come into it!
 
There's the Oenotheque de Bandol (just opposite the Grand Casino at the eastern end of the promenade, as I recall). It represents most Bandol producers and has tasting facilities as well as a shop.
 
I have many times enjoyed the Cassis wines of Clos Sainte Magdelaine (Sack family), and their home vineyard is situated on top of the Cap. It is very many years since I visited, doubtless more built-up now, I presume, but it was a beautiful location.

It is funny how a wine I rarely get excited over, Provençal Rosé (exceptions being Simone, Clos Cibonne etc), can taste wholly different sat outdoors in the sun and in sight of the sea and the afternoon stretching out in front of you.. But then if the prices are not too gouging, then Cassis, Bandol and Bellet are usually more enticing. Enjoy the break, J.
 
Many thanks all for your kind help and Antoine your very kind offer!!! We’ve booked at short notice and haven’t had much time to research and plan. But it’ll be great to see and swim in the sea again!
 
Sanary sur Mer is a lovely very "beachy" french seaside place, great beach , and IIRC Pradeaux are at the back of the town, well worth a visit. 10 Mins away is Cadiere D'azur, and the Hostererie Berard there is well worth a visit - michelin star level cooking, and a mature Bandol list that will make you drool.Visits at Bunan, Pradeaux, Pibarnon are all worth it. Tempier are now so popular you only get a taste of the basic rouge and can't buy any of the top bottlings. If you have a connection to A&B they might be able to get you a better visit . Lots of other place to visit , but 4 days is short .
Sanary had some good seafood places on the seafront. Bandol I like the Poisson D'Argent for good seafood, but the Hostelerie Berard is the place to go to drink red Bandol and red meat. Will have a think for more reccos.
 
Jonathan, the Hotel de la Tour is the best but the most expensive at about 90 euros/ head. Otherwise, on the plage de Portissol, there is a really quite decent restaurant on the water's edge called, O Petit Monde. Another good seaside restaurant is the 464 Harbor. If you have the inclination and the time, take the ferry out to the Ile de Bandor, where there is a small "sympa" bistro-restaurant, La Terrasse de Bandor. Happy hols.
 
Jonathen, apologies, Pradeaux are in St Cyr sur Mer, which is a bit of a drive, however Domaine Terrebrune are just up the road from you. Lovely wines, very different terroir to the rest fo the area. They are up on the way to Olioulles, just at the back of Sanary, and they have a nice restaurant for lunch under the trees.
 
Thank you Christopher and Stephen. Dinner has already been booked for tonight at O Petit Monde, my wife having done her homework earlier! And a bottle of Terrebrune Rose awaits us for apéros tonight!
Sanary is rather lovely being far less swish than places further east I can think of! The sea is the perfect temperature and after three weeks in Chamonix I am most certainly extremely conscious of my good fortune.
 
It’s very very busy everywhere and with family whose priorities aren’t necessarily 100% aligned with mine, wine related stuff has played a very minor part. However, I’ve fallen in love with Terrebrune’s Rose, Steven and picked up a magnum of 2019 (last in shop) plus some singles of 2020 this morning. Nowhere seems to have any Tempier rose left so I’m extra happy I bought a fair few on release.
O Petit Monde was too windy the night we booked, so we ended up at a truly horrible harbour side place where the food was dreadful and the service crap. Highlight of the dinner was a punch up in the next door bar - no, no English involved!
Auberge Provencale in Bandol however was excellent- entrecôte and sea bass both high quality produce treated simply and accurately.
464 Harbour Sanary was pretty good too - lovely setting and fairly good cooking.
One thing all these places can’t do is put salt in the boiling water of pasta it seems. Any Italian diners must be even more bemused than I am. Adding salt post cooking has a very different effect..
Anyway, the sea is lovely and warm et le soleil bruit. Tomorrow off to stay with friends near Ménerbes.
Thanks again all for your kind advice!
 
Apologies that I can't remember the producer but Cassis seems to be worth exploring for every day wines. I had a Cassis blanc in a restaurant in Le Castellet and it was very good, quite complex and refreshing on a hot summer's evening. Great with shellfish as well. They're not that easy to find here (unless anyone knows differently?).
 
Not tried it myself Mark but HRH rates clos sainte magdeleine in Cassis. Sold here by Yapp and L+W.

We‘re hoping to visit later this year. Their website is worth a look for the photos, it looks like they are in a beautiful location.
 
Sanary sur Mer is a lovely very "beachy" french seaside place, great beach , and IIRC Pradeaux are at the back of the town, well worth a visit. 10 Mins away is Cadiere D'azur, and the Hostererie Berard there is well worth a visit - michelin star level cooking, and a mature Bandol list that will make you drool.Visits at Bunan, Pradeaux, Pibarnon are all worth it. Tempier are now so popular you only get a taste of the basic rouge and can't buy any of the top bottlings. If you have a connection to A&B they might be able to get you a better visit . Lots of other place to visit , but 4 days is short .
Sanary had some good seafood places on the seafront. Bandol I like the Poisson D'Argent for good seafood, but the Hostelerie Berard is the place to go to drink red Bandol and red meat. Will have a think for more reccos.

Thanks for the Poisson d'Argent tip @Stephen Pickles . We were planning to lunch at Auberge Provnecal but it was closed so enjoyed a very nice wild Daurade there with a glass or two of 2020 Bunan Moulin des Costes Rosé

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