Bormes-les-Mimosas, Provence: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Bormes-les-Mimosas (Provence, France)
Bormes-les-Mimosas is a few kilometres inland from the Cote d'Azur, about halfway between Toulon and Saint-Tropez. The romantic sounding 'les Mimosas' part of the name was added in 1968 to celebrate the fact that there are so many flowers, trees and bushes in the town - in particular mimosas of course - and to promote tourism.
The village of Bormes is best thought of as having two parts: a medieval village, and the sea-facing harbour and beaches of Le Lavandou and the coast of Cap Bénat.
The historic village is on a steep hill, with a castle at the top and a myriad of narrow streets winding down the hill below and occasionally opening into small open squares, lined with pretty houses, lots of flowers, and boutiques and posh shops.
The principal pleasure of a visit comes from simply strolling along the streets admiring the houses and flowers and catching glimpses of the views across the surrounding landscape.
There are two noteworthy religious monuments in Bormes-les-Mimosas: the Church of Saint-Trophyme (18th century, but gives a good impression of a much older church) and the Chapel of Saint-Francois-de-Paule (built in the 16th century in tribute to Saint Francois-de-Paule, who a century earlier had saved the village from the 'black death').
The tourist office has information on the highlights in the village, including especially the flowers and gardens and the fountains - there are at least 12 fountains in the village - see how many you can find!
The ruins of the 12th century castle (not open to the public) are at the highest point of the village and reached by a pretty plant surrounded path and has lovely views across the Mediterranean to the Iles d'Hyeres.
There is a path that continues further up the hill behind the castle, leading after about 45 minutes to the small 13th century Chapel Notre-Dame de Constance, and more panoramic views. Passing several oratories en route, this walk is a lovely way to enjoy the scenery around the village and recommended.
On returning to the village, to the south of the historic centre of Bormes-les-Mimosas there is a more recent part of the town called Le Pin which has more shops and restaurants.
The Museum of Art and History in Bormes (Rue Carnot) is also recommended. the building housing the museum is itself very impressive, and the art collection it contains is also very interesting (mostly 19th and 20th century artists working in the region just as 'modern art' started to develop around the beginning of the 20th century).
The adjacent town of Le Lavandou, to the south-east together with La Faviere, is the sea-facing region of the town, and has a pleasant harbour to explore.
There are several stunning and exclusive beaches near Bormes-les-Mimosas including the sandy beach at Faviere, then the beaches at Bregancon, Cabasson and Vignasse on the west coast of Cap Bénat and the beaches of l'Estagnol and Pellegrin further west, as well as other smaller beaches hidden between the rocky coves and inlets to the south of Cap Bénat.
Note: it is also at Cabasson that the Fort de Bregancon, summer residence for French presidents, is found on a small island peninsula.
A popular way to enjoy the scenery of the region is to follow the Route-du-Mimosa, a 115 kilometre trip that starts from Bormes-les-Mimosas and follows a picturesque driving route north-east along the coast via Le-Rayol-Canadel, Sainte-Maxime, Saint-Raphael, and on to Tanneron, Pegomas and eventually Grasse. The trip is best made in late January or February to see the mimosas in flower.
A boat trip to explore the Iles d'Hyeres is also recommended.
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Bormes-les-Mimosas is classified as a village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*
Address: Bormes-les-Mimosas, Collobrières, Toulon, Var, Provence, 83230, France || GPS: latitude 43.152, longitude 6.3438
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Jardin d’oiseaux tropicaux: remarkable garden (9km)
- Domaine du Rayol: remarkable garden (11km)
- Massif des Maures: site of natural beauty (15km)
- Hyeres: ville fleurie 4* (18km)
- Parc Saint Bernard: remarkable garden (18km)
- Jardin du castel Sainte Claire: remarkable garden (18km)
- Parc Olbius Riquier: remarkable garden (18km)
- Le Plantier de Costebelle: remarkable garden (19km)
- Grimaud: recommended detour (20km)
- Jardin Germaine l’Hardy-Denonain: remarkable garden (21km)
Market days in Bormes-les-Mimosas, France
Regular market(s) are held in Bormes-les-Mimosas each Wednesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Bormes-les-Mimosas (Francais)