The Mimosa, the winter sun of the Côte d'Azur!
Mimosas tint the hills of Tanneron from mid-December until March. The months of January and February are the full flowering period and allow you to immerse yourself in these settings like no other.
A little history. Originally from Australia, the mimosa was introduced to Europe in the 19th century by English winterers. During their travels, botanists and scientists brought back various species of trees and flowers from this still unexplored region, including the famous mimosa. This is the beginning of the extraordinary story that now links Mandelieu-La Napoule to this delicate and fragrant little yellow flower.
BNATO and history
A mimosa arboretum and an open-air exhibition to pay tribute to mimosists!
In the heart of Emmanuelle de Marande Park, this mimosa arboretum considered as the MIMOSA MUSEUM, covers almost 10m000, it is the green lung of the historic mimosa district: Capitou. More than a hundred species of mimosa have been planted along a promenade in the Park, punctuated by panels showing the main characteristics of the species. It also hosts an open-air exhibition called LA SAGA DU MIMOSA, which traces the entire history and evolution of mimosa cultivation: from its exploitation to forcing and conditioning techniques.
This exhibition aims to pay tribute to the families of mimosists, those who knew how to export thanks to their work from the 1920s, this fragile and delicate little flower that covers our hills every winter and to make it not only an economy but also a tourist attraction.
What a pleasure to stroll through the heart of the largest mimosa forest in Europe!
To each his own time, to each his contemplation, to each the desire to immerse himself in this sea of mimosa whose scents bring us back to childhood and the sweet memories of shared holidays!
Guides can accompany you on your hikes to make you even more aware of these remarkable sites. Here is the list:
>Philippe dejoux, guide for ARGOS, offers 2h30 hikes in the mimosa forest. 20 people maximum per hike.
>Maddy Polomeni, Sports Educator & Hiking Guide also offers walks in the Estérel and Tanneron. From January to March – Every day.
>Yoann Cenni for Passion Esterel, invites you to discover Mont Vinaigre. Tasting of mimosé products and bouquet of mimosa on the program.
>“Singing winter flowers” and “Drawing mimosas” workshops. Animation proposed by theAgency The elixir of love.
>The Tourist Office offers commented and guided tours of Parc Emmanuelle de Marande, during the flowering period of the mimosa.
Lyour hair in the wind!
>In a 2CV with Mademoiselle Riviera. This getaway is a ray of sunshine!
It is savor : a gourmet stopover in a gastronomic institution of the Riviera, the Oasis tea room! To live a unique experience, "special Mademoiselle Riviera", with the pastries of Mathieu Marchand and a tasting of the oenological selection of Pascal Paulze. In the middle of mimosas, Mademoiselle Riviera will also make you discover local and original products such as "Mimocello" or mimosa syrup served on fresh goat cheese...
It is meet : Bernard, mimosa maker from father to son since the XNUMXth century, passionate and generous who will welcome you in a sublime setting with a panoramic view of the Côte d'Azur and the Estérel.
It is breathe : the mimosa route in a 2CV means having your hair in the wind, discovering the gold of our Riviera winter, getting drunk on the perfumed scent of mimosa...
Getaway available from January 15. Departure from Mandelieu.
>Mehariviera offers during the flowering period, mehari rides in the Tanneron and on the Route du Mimosa. In autonomy or with driver.
>Guided coach excursions “From Mimosa to Perfume”. Half a day to cross the largest mimosa forest in Europe, meet a mimosa maker on his farm and learn about perfume creation at Fragonard.
Mandelieu Tourism - For all of these proposals, reservations are mandatory with the Tourist Office – Tel: 04 93 93 64 64.