Bormes les Mimosas is a land of endless possibilities when it comes to outdoor activities. From the sea to the scrubland, sand, earth, vineyards, and abundant vegetation, there’s so much to explore! You can cycle through the vineyards, hike on trails with breathtaking views, discover wild sandy beaches, and even visit the summer residence of French presidents at the Fort de Brégançon, all in a single day!

Bormes, a land of possibilities

What makes Bormes les Mimosas truly unique is the diversity of opportunities it offers. Whether you’re a fan of French history, medieval villages, relaxing on paradise beaches, diving to discover WWII plane wrecks, or for botany fans discovering the 200 varieties of mimosas grown by THE French specialist, Bormes has something for everyone. You can even spend the day walking in the middle of nature without seeing anyone else!

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Fun fact:

The Var is the 4th most densely wooded department in France, with almost 60% of forests. It comes in 4th place behind Guyana, South Corsica and the Landes.  Bormes is a perfect place for nature enthusiasts, whether on land or in the sea.

Land-based activities

If you enjoy walking, running, or hiking, there are numerous hikes to discover in the heart of the Maures massif or along the coastal path. Bormes is crossed by two Grande Randonnée trails, the GR 90 and the GR 51, making it an ideal spot for hikers with seven marked trails ranging from 2 to 8 hours of walking time. You can also take part in guided tours on various themes, including the coastal path, the medieval village, botany, and the Fort de Brégançon.

For animal lovers, there are plenty of opportunities to observe wildlife during your walks in the Maures massif, or you can opt for a horseback ride. Cyclists can also enjoy bike paths that cross the commune, and some wine estates offer bike tours through their vineyards. And for those who prefer not to exert too much energy, there are excursions or safaris in 4×4 vehicles that mix strolls in the vineyards with wine tasting!

Would you say you’re more of a gym person? In the pine forest of Gouron at La Favière, there is a health course which allows you to do sports while overlooking the sea. Throughout the year, sports associations offer outdoor sports sessions, such as yoga or longe côte. In summer, free sessions for all are organized almost every day. Detailed schedules and activities can be found at our Tourist Office’s reception desks starting in July.

If sliding is what gets your wheels moving, the small skatepark of La Favière is open all year long. In summer, in the shade of large trees, you can also play beach volleyball on the large beach of La Favière and petanque on the courts in Bormes that are open all year round.

If you prefer to focus on well-being, there are sessions of sophrology in the middle of nature to relax and recharge your batteries. And when it comes to oenology, all of the domains in Bormes offer activities, tastings, and visits in the heart of their estates.

Outdoor activities at sea

As far as water activities are concerned, Bormes has it all! The sailing school offers the opportunity to discover and practice many water sports, from optimist sailing to windsurfing and paddleboarding. You can also rent paddle boards or kayaks near the beach of La Favière, or take part in aquagym sessions when the sea water starts to warm up.

Kayak Bormes les Mimosas

If you’re more of a motorboat person, you can rent a boat at the port of La Favière if you have a boat license. If not, no worries, there’s also a ferry departure for excursions to the islands of Hyères, the Fort of Brégançon, or simple strolls in the sea to enjoy the views and the sea spray. And for those who want to explore the underwater world, there are several diving clubs offering services all year round, or you can snorkel along the shallow seabed near all the beaches of Bormes.

Respect the environment and be aware of its fragility.

While enjoying all these activities, it’s essential to respect the environment and be aware of its fragility. Follow the instructions and advice of the authorities and professionals in the leisure sector to ensure that nature remains intact for future generations to enjoy.

If you wish, you can also enjoy more private sea excursions aboard sailing boats. But if you’d rather be under the sea, you’ll find several diving clubs offering year-round services. Not ready to take the plunge into scuba diving? Don’t panic, the shallow seabed near all of Bormes’ beaches is brimming with treasures to be explored by snorkeling.

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