A symbol of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, the mimosa has certainly earned its very own route! Discover the secrets of this golden plant that lights up winter in 5 must-see, and must-smell, steps.
Massif du Tanneron
Step 1Bormes-les-MimosasUncover the secrets of these sunny bouquets
If you want to learn all there is to know about mimosa, Julien Cavatore, producer and collector of this gold on a stick, is your man, offering visitors a myriad of precious advice on pruning, watering, potting and growing. In short, the perfect place to start the Mimosa Route!
If you fancy something exotic, opt for a novel and refreshing tour of the Parc Gonzalez. This botanical garden, awarded the « Remarkable Garden » label by the French Ministry of Culture, showcases over 500 plant species. And for a taste of castle life, why not enjoy a guided tour of Fort de Brégançon? A royal idea!
Step 2Sainte-Maxime Taste the mimosa's flavours
Set on the Mimosa Route, Sainte-Maxime offers a delicious combination of the Riviera’s charm, history and relaxation. If you want to learn all about the town, start your day with a visit to the Tour Carrée museum. Combining folklore, crafts and cultural activities, you’ll find everything here for an exciting activity schedule!
Gourmets definitely won’t want to leave without a stop-off at the Chocolaterie La Muscadine, where Jean-Louis Vaissaud delights in introducing visitors to his speciality « Chocofleurs » – a chocolate delicately flavoured with lavender, orange blossom and, of course, mimosa!
Lace up your walking shoes and slip on your backpack for step 3! In winter, the Massif du Tanneron is home to Europe’s largest mimosa forest. Whether you’re travelling with the family or your better half, enjoy an unforgettable forest walk among trees adorned with clouds of gold. Wind up your tour with a well-earned dose of sugar to recharge your batteries: mimosa honey is absolutely fantastic! Nature lovers can prolong the pleasure with a visit to the Fondurane biotope – a refreshing stroll for every age in tranquil surroundings.
Step 4Mandelieu la NapouleCelebrate the mimosa
Open your eyes wide for the 4th step of the Route du Mimosa tour! Here, you’ll be able to admire the superb Corniche d’Or, a genuine work of art on the Côte d’Azur, where red ochre rocks plunge down into the turquoise waters of the Med. Make sure your camera is primed. If you’re a fan of colour, don’t miss the popular mimosa fair in Mandelieu-la-Napoule in February, headlining a fun programme of processions, live music and flower fights.
Step 5GrasseBreathe in the scents of the Mediterranean
Mimosa is famed for its fluffy golden blooms, taste – and especially it’s fragrance! So, what better than a visit to the town of Grasse to put your nose to the test? Enjoy a tour of the Musée International de la Parfumerie and unveil the secrets of the scents that make our heads spin. Make the most of your stop-off in Grasse to discover the local plant nurseries, where mimosa is grown in heated greenhouses. The local farmers will be delighted to share their passion with you. The ancient perfumery know-how of Grasse is now on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.