As you ascend to 154 meters above sea level, the breathtaking village of Bormes les Mimosas reveals itself to you, nestled perfectly between the sea and the hills. It’s no wonder why this charming village is listed among the most beautiful sites in the Var – its natural setting alone is enough to make your heart skip a beat. Walking through its narrow, winding streets, you’ll be enamored by the ochre-colored Provencal houses, quaint squares and alleys, art galleries, and hidden courtyards. Each turn is a new discovery waiting to be made.
In every season, Bormes les Mimosas offers a sensory feast for your eyes and nose, with more than 700 species of flowers blooming throughout the year. In winter, the vibrant mimosa flowers adorn the streets, while in summer, the bougainvillea bursts with color. It’s a true art of living that must be experienced to be believed. So come and lose yourself in the magic of Bormes les Mimosas – your senses will thank you.

A medieval village of character

Transport yourself back in time and discover the rich heritage of Bormes les Mimosas, dating all the way back to the 12th century. Follow the winding streets that are bursting with visual and olfactory treasures, each one leading to a new discovery.

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Saint-François square

Saint-François square

Start your itinerary at Place Saint-François, the village’s main square. From here, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire village. At sunrise or sunset, you can breathe, admire, and listen. Close your eyes, can you hear them? The cicadas are right above you, in the pine trees that line the square. It’s also here that Bormé’s greatest bowls players play their games of pétanque, and where the Provencal market takes place on Wednesday mornings during the summer season.

Place Saint-François Bormes les Mimosas

Place Gambetta

Make your way to the Place Gambetta, a beautifully crafted square that was carved into the hillside around 1760 to enhance the charm of the village. It’s a hub of activity where concerts and public dances are held, creating a lively atmosphere that you won’t want to miss.
Don’t forget to stop by the Tourist Office and say hello to us! Our friendly team is always ready to help and will provide you with an itinerary that takes you right to the heart of the village.

Place Gambetta Bormes les Mimosas

From there, take a stroll down the “Venelle des Amoureux” – a small, green area with a romantic name that’s home to a variety of stores, restaurants, and ice cream parlors. It’s a vibrant part of the village where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and indulge in some delicious treats.

Place Lou Poulid Cantoun

Take a stroll along the main street of the village, Rue Carnot, and make your way up to the picturesque Place du Lou Poulid Cantoun. Here, you’ll find the clock tower dating back to 1789, which is a must-see attraction in Bormes les Mimosas.

This charming square is one of the most photographed spots in the village and boasts an incredible display of the local stone, micaschiste. The colorful facades and lush plants make for a stunning sight, and you’ll be mesmerized by the abundance of bougainvilleas, a giant rubber tree, tree ferns, and a century-old pepper tree.

Tour de l'Horloge Bormes les Mimosas

It’s a true celebration of nature and architecture, and the harmonious marriage of the stone and plants is a sight to behold. Don’t forget your camera, as you won’t want to miss the opportunity to capture the beauty of this enchanting square.

Place de l’Isclou d’Amour

The square is embraced by “cuberts,” charming covered passages unique to Bormes les Mimosas, guiding your way to the enchanting “Place de l’Isclou d’Amour.”

Drenched in sunlight, perfumed by the gentle fragrances of hibiscus, bird of paradise, jasmine, and wisteria, the Isclou d’Amour effortlessly entices with its intimate atmosphere centered around a captivating fountain. It boasts an extraordinary vantage point, granting stunning views of the village rooftops, the harbor of Bormes, and even the distant isles of Levant and Port Cros.

The lower part of the village

Want to see even more?

Take a stroll down the delightful Rue Rompi Cuou (meaning “casse cul” in Provençal), and explore the lower part of Bormes les Mimosas, which dates back to the 16th century. As you wander through this historic neighborhood, you’ll discover a maze of hidden alleys and charming courtyards that are just waiting to be explored.

Rue Rompi Cuou

Add to that the magnificent spring blossoms, and you'll be utterly captivated!

The monuments

Looking to explore history and ancient architecture? The medieval village of Bormes les Mimosas is an absolute gem that you won’t want to miss! Get lost in the winding alleys and uncover the rich heritage and history of the town by discovering its historical monuments.

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Chapelle Saint-François Bormes les Mimosas

The Saint-François de Paule chapel

a stunning example of Romanesque architecture and was built in 1560 in honor of Saint François, who saved the city from the plague in 1481.

Castle of the Lords of Fos

Climb to the highest point of the village and admire the Castle of the Lords of Fos, built between the 13th and 14th centuries, and classified as a historical monument since 1931. While it’s not open to visitors, you can soak up the breathtaking panoramic views of the bay of Lavandou, the islands of Levant and Port Cros, the port of Favière, and the private domain of Cap Bénat.

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Château des Seigneurs de Fos Bormes
Guillaume Voiturier
Eglise Saint-Trophyme Bormes les Mimosas

The Saint-Trophyme church

The Saint-Trophyme church, built in the 18th century, is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture and is known for its restored sundial and Latin motto, thanks to President Pompidou.

It’s also where the presidential couple Chirac often visited during their stays at the Fort de Brégançon. Don’t miss the church square that bears Pompidou’s name!

The chapel of Notre Dame de Constance

Hiking enthusiasts will love the trek to the chapel of Notre Dame de Constance, located at an altitude of 324m. Along the way, you’ll come across an ancient way of the cross, lined with oratories. At the top, you’ll find an orientation table and an incredible viewpoint that will take your breath away.

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Notre-Dame de Constance Bormes les Mimosas
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Did you know?

Mimosa usually blooms from January to March, but there are so many different varieties that mimosas actually bloom all year round!

Where to park in the village?

You can park at the Saint-François parking area (paid) on levels 1 and 2, or in the free spaces at the castle, along Avenue Jean Aicard, and in the blue zones (with a parking disc during the season).

What is the market day in the village?

The village market takes place every Wednesday morning at Place Saint-François.

Can I walk to the beach from the village?

You can walk to Favière Beach by taking the GR90 trail. It will take about 25 minutes on foot. However, the beaches on the Cabasson and Léoube side will be too far.

Can I see mimosa in the village?

In Bormes les Mimosas, mimosa is scattered throughout the territory. Therefore, you can see some of them blooming in the village.

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