The Mimosa in Mandelieu-La Napoule
The Mimosa road in Mandelieu-La Napoule
"Long live the south in winter!"
108 km away from the Mimosa Road, you arrive at Mandelieu-la Napoule, the Mimosa Capital, one of the eight steps on this route that connects Bormes les Mimosas to Grasse.
The Mandelieu-la-Napoule stage allows you to plus the well named and magnificent «Corniche d’Or» Road which leads you to the red rocks of the Esterel Massif and the blue of the Mediterranean up to La Napoule. It continues over the land, towards Capitou and traverses the largest Mimosa forestin Europe which overlooks Mandelieu-la Napoule on the Tanneron Massif.
From La Napoule to Capitou
La Napoule is the seafront district through which the route will take you to Mandelieu. You can go through its alleys in labyrinths that gradually rise from the château with its «feet in the water» up to the summit of Mount San Peyre. Its façades and plots are loaded with history where past and present collide.
This district naturally focussed on tourist activity was nevertheless important in the development of the activity related to cultivating mimosa. It is in effect from the small station of La Napoule that entire trains loaded with mimosa journeyed every day to move toward the stalls of the florists.
The diversity of the landscape, the sweetness of the atmosphere make the Côte d'Azur the chosen land for the Art of Gardens. In La Napoule you absolutely have to discover «the outstanding gardens» of Château de La Napoule.
(This national label is awarded for a period of 5 years on the proposal of the regional commissions formed under the aegis of the regional directorates of cultural affairs (D.R.A.C.) The castle has received confirmation of the renewal of the classification on 20 May 2010)
After having crossed the two other districts of the Municipality, Minelle and les Termes, you will join Capitou, this is the historic village of mimosa growers. It was actually in the middle of the 19th century that mimosa took root in the hills of the Tanneron massif and that the people of Capitou started to cultivate it, which still a dozen local mimosa growers still do today.
Discover place Jeanne d'Arc, the church of St Pons, the la Vernède park nestled in the heights of the district with its pines, oaks, mimosas, arbutus, rockrose and eucalyptus and the Emmanuelle de Marande park, with Mimosas, oaks, pines, and acacias.
When leaving Capitou in the direction of the village of Tanneron, enjoy the «views» of the coast below before crossing the largest mimosa forest in Europe!
Not to be missed in Mandelieu-la Napoule, the Mimosa Capital during the flowering period:
- hikes in the mimosa forest
- guided tours by bus to see a mimosa grower and of a perfumery in Grasse.