Twenty miles southwest of Saint-Tropez is the fragrant medieval town of Bormes-les-Mimosas. The Provencal village has a lot to offer yachting tourists. Over 10 miles of sandy beaches, peaceful anchors, picturesque lavender fields and a colorful village of pastel shades. Steep streets and long winding alleys with magnificent views lead down the mountain to the Cote d'Azur.
A romantically-sounding part of the name Les Mimosas was added in 1968 to mark the fact that there are so many flowers, trees and shrubs in the city, in particular mimosas, and to promote tourism.
The historic village of Bormes-les-Mimosas is certainly one of our favorite villages in Provence, with many old streets teeming with plants and flowers, parks and gardens, and views of the Mediterranean coast.
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Discover the Favier area with a port and marina located around Place of Honor. Even further, after crossing the Bormes-les-Mimosas Pine forest and vineyards in a wild and protected environment, you will appreciate the beaches of Cabasson, Estanyol, Pellegrin and Favier. In Cabasson, an old fishing village, you can find the famous Fort de Bregancon (on the peninsula). Bormes-les-Mimosas is a good place for trekking, cycling and horseback riding due to its natural, authentic and preserved environment between the coastal path, field, vineyards and the massif de More (House forest). The medieval city of Bormes-les-Mimosas is valued for the wealth of its flora (more than 700 varieties of plants and flowers, 60 varieties of mimosa). The city is also classified as a “climatic resort” since 1913, awarded with “4 flowers” since 1970, “the main national flower prize” in 2000 and a gold medalist. In the European competition of flowering cities in 2003.
The historic village is located on a steep hill, with a castle upstairs and many narrow streets winding at the bottom of the hill and sometimes overlooking small open squares lined with beautiful houses, lots of flowers, boutiques and chic shops. The main pleasure of visiting is simply to stroll through the streets, admiring the houses and flowers, and catch a glimpse of the views of the surrounding landscape.
Visit the small chapel of Saint-Francois de Paul. This chapel was built in the 16th century in honor of St. Francois de Paul, who a century earlier saved the village from "black death". It is made in the Provencal Roman style. Immediately after the chapel on Gambetta Square, you can visit the Bormes-les-Mimosas tourist office: they can give you a map , which is very important when navigating the many small alleys in the center of the village and a map of the nearby islands!
The Museum of Art and History is also recommended to visit in Bormes-les-Mimosas (west end of Carnot street). The building in which the museum is located is very impressive in itself, and the collection of works of art that it contains is also very interesting (mainly artists of the 19th and 20th centuries working in the region).
After exploring the main part of the historic village, you can stroll through the large parks in the southeast of Bormes-les-Mimosas. The first is Sigalu Municipal Park, and then you can continue your journey along the hill through Gonzalez Park, a beautiful path through well-kept gardens with a wide range of plants , which returns you to the parking lots and beautiful views of the city rooftops.