January: snow & mimosa
For Epiphany following tradition in the South, we don’t share almond pie but instead the King’s brioche to name the lucky person of the day. And because, in Provence, the beginning of the year is synonymous with the mimosa harvest, let’s head for Mimosalia in Bormes-les-Mimosas. A weekend where keen gardeners who want to make their garden their nature bubble, convene. Meanwhile, in the Hautes-Alpes, the Outdoor Mix Winter Festival is back and promises a vitamin-packed cocktail of differoutdoor sports and free concerts for fun in the snow.
February: deep blue & golden yellow
It’s the start of Oursinades season. A great opportunity to enjoy the sea-urchins fished in the calanques of the Côte Bleue. At the same time, mimosa is in flower on the Côte d’Azur. It perfumes and gives colour to the landscapes of the Var. In Bormes-les-Mimosas, floats covered in yellow flowers and fronds parade in the streets during the Corso Fleuri while in Menton, another yellow treasure is in the limelight La Fête du Citron (lemon festival). This event which is the only one of its kind in the world uses tons of citrus fruit for monumental designs. The carnival corsos continue for the two weeks of festivities in the Carnaval de Nice, and the colourfully costumed town hums to the rhythm of the shows.
March: life in violet
In Tourrettes-sur-Loup, each first weekend in March announces the Fête des Violettes. Which means the end of the season for the producers and the arrival of spring. You can’t miss what has become, thanks to its corso fleuri, a real institution! The village is clothed in gorgeous colours and flowers, a photo exhibition reminds us of pretty local tradition, not forgetting guided tours on the themes of violets and the emblematic village buildings. A Provencal market and a traditional meal will provide our taste buds with some delicious sweets and indulgences. On the following March 8, we celebrate Womens’ Day, and women get free ski passes, so what are you waiting for? Get on the slopes! And for men, you can also make the most of the last descents. Hop on your skis and head for the sunny runs of the South.