© Moirenc Camille

The Mimosa Route: a sensory voyage in 8 stops

Departing from Bormes-Les-Mimosas, the Mimosa Route invites you to discover this little yellow flower that is symbolic of the Côte d’Azur in winter. A 130 km tourist trail to be travelled between January and March, when the plant is in flower.

From Bormes Les Mimosas to Rayol-Canadel-sur-mer

With no less than 90 different species in its territory, Bormes-Les-Mimosas is the mimosa capital of the Var. You can’t not stop here and discover Julien Cavatore’s nursery. This specialist offers the best national collection of mimosas, honoured by the French National Conservatory for specialist plant collections. The next stop on this discovery trail: Rayol Canadel-sur-Mer, a small village at the extreme West of the Maures mountain range that is a true open-air garden with an unimpeded view of the Golden Islands.

From Sainte-Maxime to Saint-Raphaël

A small town betwixt land and sea, Sainte-Maxime is first and foremost a charming spa town that inspires tranquillity. Since 1983, the “La Muscadine” chocolate shop has enjoyed creating chocolate flowers based on the mimosas. Lovers of sweet treats will find it hard to resist the temptation to try them. Then head towards the Esterel mountain range and Saint-Raphaël, a listed resort town that boasts no less than 36 km of coastline.

From Mandelieu-La Napoule to Tanneron

Located at the foot of the Tanneron mountains, Mandelieu-La Napoule has the distinction of being home to the largest European forest of this acacia tree. As for the village of Tanneron, this has the largest territory given over to mimosa woods. This small yellow flower can be examined more closely during a guided walk with the naturalist Marjorie Ughetto or a visit to the Bruna Bosi hothouse to discover every stage, from picking to shipping.

From Pégomas to Grasse

Pégomas was built in the 16th century by Italian families; they planted olive trees and vines here and while doing so passed on their know-how in growing aromatic plants like the mimosa. The last stop on this route: Grasse. Of course, the perfume capital of the world can be discovered through its historic perfumeries (Galimard, Molinard, Fragonard), but also through the cultural richness of its old town centre with its square Saracen tower, the ruins of its 16th century ramparts and its former bishop’s palace.