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Visit Bormes-les-Mimosas

Post by Sharat | August 28, 2017 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
Visit Bormes-les-Mimosas

Bormes-les-Mimosas can be found just a few kilometres inland from the Cote d’Azur. The village is located almost exactly halfway in between Toulon and Saint-Tropez. Bormes-les-Mimosas used to be called simply Bormes, the term les Mimosas was added to the village name back in 1968 to celebrate the flora of the region and in particular mimosas which it was thought would promote tourism.

Exploring Bormes-les-Mimosas

It is best to think of Bormes as consisting of two parts. There is a medieval village and there is also a sea-facing. There are a couple of beaches including Le Lavandou and Cap Benat. The historic village sits on the slopes of a steep hill with a castle sitting at its very top. There are a number of narrow streets that wind their way down the hill below. If you do decide to wander down them, you will find that some on occasion open up into small squares that are more often than not lined with pretty houses, lots of flowers and rather surprisingly boutiques and posh shops.

Strolling around is extremely pleasurable

The main reason for visiting is the pleasure one gets from simply strolling along the streets and admiring all the houses and flowers as well as the surrounding landscape. There are a couple of interesting religious monuments located in Bormes-les-Mimosas. These include the Church of Saint-Trophyme which was built during the 18th century but looks as if it dates back much earlier. The second is the Chapel Saint-Francois-de-Paule which can trace its origins back to the 16th century. As its name suggests the chapel is a tribute to Saint-Francois-de-Paule who managed to save the village from the black death a century earlier.

Climb up to the castle

You should pay a visit to the tourist office which will provide you with information about the village highlights, in particular all the gardens, flowers and fountains. The village serves as home to at least 12 fountains and a worthy exercise is to see how many of them you can find. The ruins of the castle date back to the 12th century and are unfortunately not open to the public. As we mentioned earlier they sit at the highest point of the village and can be reached by a pretty path that is surrounded by flowers. When you get to the top there are some spectacular views of the countryside and Mediterranean.

The Art And History Museum

You should also check out Bormes Museum of Art and History. The building in which the museum is located is itself extremely impressive as is the art collection which features the work of mainly 19th and 20th century artists. The artists represented in the museum generally worked in the region as modern art started to develop at the start of the last century. If you are visiting France on holiday, why not make a stop of at Bormes-les-Mimosas. After all, it’s not that far off the beaten track.

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