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Exploring the Golden Trails: A Guide to Witnessing the Mimosa Splendor of Provence

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The Mimosa Route is a delightful journey comprising eight golden, fragrant stages to be explored between January and March, the peak season when the mimosa flower is in full bloom. This 130-kilometer route will take you through some of the most picturesque villages along the South of France coast. Starting from the enchanting Bormes-les-Mimosas and culminating in the renowned perfume city of Grasse, here are the eight destinations in the Var and Alpes-Maritimes departments (in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region) where you can rediscover the charm of this unique yellow blossom.

  1. Bormes-les-Mimosas: From January to March, this medieval village adorns itself in a long, golden veil. As the capital of mimosa, you'll discover over 180 different species of mimosa flowers here. Don't miss the famous flower parade featuring floats laden with mimosa flowers, a spectacle held annually at the end of February.

  2. Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer: Nestled near this peaceful, unspoiled village with stunning views of the Ile d'Or, the wooded hills of the Corniche des Maures disappear into the azure Mediterranean Sea. Various themed visits offer insights into the iconic yellow flower, with over 30 different species to explore. Let the guide enlighten you with fascinating facts.

  3. Sainte-Maxime: A serene oasis where the Mimosa Festival is joyously celebrated in the first weekend of February. Enjoy the beauty of Australian mimosa in the Jardin Botanique des Myrtes.

  4. Saint-Raphaël: This renowned seaside resort beckons you to discover its beautiful coastline and pristine nature. Join the organized hiking tour through the Massif de l'Estérel and encounter the most beautiful varieties of mimosa along the way. The guide will share intriguing details about them.

  5. Massif de l’Estérel: Enthusiasts can explore the Massif de l’Estérel in search of the yellow flower, receiving explanations from a specialist along the walking trails.

  6. Mandelieu-la-Napoule: The Mimosa Festival in Mandelieu-la-Napoule is an integral part of the winter festivities on the Côte d’Azur and is simply a must-see each year! This grand event brings together the residents of Mandelieu, thousands of visitors, and enthusiasts at the end of February. Each year features a different theme, with the "Grand Corso Fleuri" kicking off in the afternoon, adorned with approximately 80,000 mimosa flowers decorating all the floats and costumes beautifully.

  7. Tanneron: One of the nine hilltop villages in the Pays de Fayence, Tanneron is home to the last producer of "four-season mimosa." From December to March, you can visit the gardens of some mimosa growers here.

  8. Pégomas: The mimosa garden here boasts 11 different species of mimosa. The last weekend of January sees the celebration of the Mimosa Festival, where local mimosa growers warmly welcome you to admire their jewels.

  9. Grasse: Let yourself be enchanted by the charms of the perfume city, Grasse. Wander through its most beautiful alleyways and cozy squares, soaking in the atmosphere.

Embark on this enchanting journey along the Mimosa Route, where each stop promises a unique experience amidst the vibrant hues and delicate fragrances of this iconic flower.


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