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Mandelieu-La Napoule, Capital of the Mimosa

Mimosa, the Côte d’Azur’s winter sun!

From mid-December to March, when the mimosa flowers, yellow pompoms light up the hills of Tanneron and the Esterel mountain range. The Mimosa Capital, Mandelieu-La Napoule, offers numerous ideas for enjoying this colourful flower. Hikes, a gourmet break, workshops, souvenirs, festivities… the Mimosa is celebrated, eaten, appreciated and contemplated in its completely unique decor.


The Nabonnand family, famous in the horticultural world, laid down its hat in Golfe-Juan in the 19th century to enjoy their passion for roses. Budding botanists, in 1860 the family imported an acacia from Australia that proved to be a surprising success the following winter! Its thousands of golden buds won over the famous winter visitors, such as Lord Brougham, the Marquis de Morés, etc. Consequently, the Nabonnands were employed to decorate their majestic properties.

After a spectacular acclimation and the conquest of the neighbouring hills as wild stock, the Nabonnand sons very quickly realized the potential of this tree. They decided to increase the mimosa varieties and, to this end, Clément Nabonnand settled in Mandelieu-La Napoule.

The town is ideally located between the Siagne and the Mediterranean, at the foot of the massif de l’Estéreland Tanneron mountain range. This position and the Mediterranean climate allows the mimosa to grow abundantly every winter and cover all the surrounding hills in yellow. Thus Mandelieu-La Napoule’s reputation as the Mimosa Capital grows year on year.


From Febuary 14 to 18 2024

La Fête du Mimosa is a major classic among the Côte d’Azur Winter Festivals. On the theme “The Great Race”, inspired by the film by Blake Edwards, the festivities will take place from Febuary 14 to 18 2024.

This famous popular meeting will set up shop in the districts of Mandelieu-La Napoule, where the magnificent, colourful and flower-bedecked floats will parade. In the heart of the town, the districts of Capitou and La Napoule beside the sea, festivalgoers will meet to enjoy a moment of authenticity and tradition.

Au programme : Défilés, parades lumineuses, corsos fleuris, carnaval des enfants, animations, déambulations, expositions, places animées, fleurissement des rues et des marchés, ainsi que l’incontournable élection de Miss Mandelieu.

Cinq jours de fêtes pour célébrer le mimosa, symbole du soleil d’hiver de la Côte d’Azur.

The mimosa is also celebrated in Tanneron on the 28 January 2024 !


The Côte d’Azur offers exceptional walking and hiking trails in remarkable and fragile natural sites. When the mimosa flowers, the trails light up and allow for enjoying an extraordinary olfactory experience. In Mandelieu-La Napoule, there are many walks along which you can see and enjoy this flower, that can be taken as a family, with friends or by yourself.

Formed of thousands of golden-yellow balls, mimosas cover the Tanneron hills in their golden colour in winter. The Tanneron mountain range is therefore one of the remarkable sites where mimosa-filled walks are most enjoyable! The birthplace of mimosa cultivation, you will discover numerous paths that will guide you into the recesses of a botanical walk, punctuated with unimpeded views over the Mediterranean sea. The Tanneron mountain range is a true lookout point above the Côte d’Azur offering a multitude of family walks perfect for all seasons:

– The La Vernède walk,
Le Grand Duc,
The Tanneron Peaks.

If you prefer to have a guide to accompany you and tell you all the secrets of the mimosa, head to the Mandelieu Tourist Information Centre. They will put you in contact with enthusiastic guides like Philippe Dejoux, Maddy Polomeni or Yoann Cenni.


From January to March, the Côte d’Azur shines yellow from the flowering mimosa.

Over 130 km, from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Grasse, the Mimosa Route leads you via the coastline and forested mountain ranges under the symbol of the Côte d’Azur winter: the mimosa.

This tourist trail will carry you amid authenticity, the lands of the Côte d’Azur, unsuspected heritage, energizing perfumes and a festive atmosphere!

Benefit from this route to contemplate the remarkable gardens and breathe in the scent of the mimosa, exalt your senses by trying the mimosa-flavoured specialties, meet the mimosa growers passionate about this ever-so special flower and enjoy an olfactory experience by creating your own mimosa-scented perfumes.

To enjoy this experience even more, get behind the wheel of a 2CV with Mademoiselle Riviera. In addition to meandering the yellow-coloured roads, the “Mademoiselle Riviera special” experience will offer you a gourmet break! Ready to taste the “Mimocello” or mimosa syrup served over fresh goat’s cheese?


The Côte d’Azur is known for its regional products. Provencal-style aioli, Provencal-style stew, anchoiade, Socca Niçoise… there are countless gourmet specialties.

In Mandelieu, the mimosa is cooked and embodies the Côte d’Azur’s winter sun!

The Pastry Chef at the Boutique de L’Oasis, Mathieu Marchand, was inspired by these little yellow balls spread over the Estérel mountain range.He challenged himself to combine his passion for cuisine and this flower. This work gave rise to a sweet treat, sold fleetingly in February, in the Oasis boutique, known as the “Mimoasis”. This is a mimosa and white chocolate flavoured cheesecake-style tartlet… A delight for the tastebuds!

Mathieu Marchand didn’t stop there! For winter 2023, he has created a mimosa macaron and a mimosa ice cream that will also be available on menu at the boutique and in the Oasis Tearoom.

“Chez Louise”, the bright flower pompoms are also showcased in gourmet creations.

The ice-cream maker, Laurent Rombi, has dreamt up recipes with floral notes paying homage to the people of Mandelieu: a mimosa ice cream and a honey mimosa ice cream, with a delicate, perfumed flavour, enhanced with a touch of honey.

The restaurants of Mandelieu also offer desserts inspired by the mimosa: Crème brulée with mimosa at Chez Rose (Hôtel Casarose), Mimosa millefeuille  at the La Rotonde restaurant …

The mimosa for giving as a gift in all its forms

After the gourmet mimosa comes the gift mimosa!

The Tourist Information and Conference Centre at Mandelieu-La Napoule offers a range of products dedicated to the mimosa, on site or online! Eaux de toilettes, hand towels, soap gift boxes, candles, etc… a host of souvenirs that will delight your nearest and dearest.

If your loved ones like working with their hands, why not offer them a perfume creation workshop for adults and children? A unique parfumier’s experience with the nose of the Molinard perfume factory.

No more traditional bouquets of roses for Valentine’s Day ! Opt for a bouquet of mimosas: colourful, local, scented and unusual!!

Apart from the originality of these mimosa-based gift ideas, these products are grown and created on the Côte d’Azur! The pleasure of giving while being kind to the planet, isn’t that the winning combo?


The Mimosa Capital means the Mimosa Museum!

An arboretum has been created on almost 10,000 m² in the heart of the Emmanuelle de Marande Park. It is the green lung of the historic mimosa growing district. Here, you’ll find a walk punctuated with some one hundred different species of mimosa, with signs characterizing each one. In the heart of the park, the Mimosa Capital has mounted an open air exhibition entitled “The Mimosa Story”, recounting the entire history and development of mimosa growing. This exhibition tells of the contribution of each one to the construction of a national image for the town of Mandelieu. Since the arrival of the mimosa, the town has acquired an identity and a brand thanks to laborious work and to Côte d’Azur know-how. Today, Mandelieu-La Napoule has carved itself a major place in the winter tourism landscape, both in France and beyond its borders, hence its title as the Mimosa Capital.

The aim of this exhibition is to pay homage to the mimosa-growing families, to those who, thanks to their work as of the 1920s, were able to export this fragile and delicate flower that covers the Côte d’Azur hills every winter.

During the flowering season, guided visits to the park can be arranged through the Mandelieu-La Napoule Tourist Information Centre.