Bormes les Mimosas
The village takes its name from the abundant bright yellow vanilla-scented mimosas that flower throughout the village in early spring. In summer, the village becomes awash with bougainvillea and geraniums. From its high perched position, Bormes offers a festival of colours accompanied by fantastic sea views.
There is a very good market in Bormes on Wednesday mornings. The village has numerous historic chapels and churches and even its own ruined castle, which has breathtaking views across the Levant and Port Cros Islands, the pretty port of La Favière and of course the famous bay of Le Lavandou. There is a Museum and Art Gallery which has some worthwhile neo-impressionist and pointillist works and also holds temporary exhibitions.
Bormes-les-Mimosas also considers itself to be a centre of scuba diving and is very near the National Park of Port-Cros which is studded with shipwrecks. In the vicinity plenty of other watersports are available, such as parascending, water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing and sea fishing.
There is 22km of coast, alternating sandy beaches and pretty creeks and coves to explore where the colour of the sea ranges from pale turquoise to a deep cobalt. Among the beaches are the charming Fort of Bregancon, Cabasson, Pellegrin and Estagnol. The coast line around Cabasson is unspoilt and has several forest walks.
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