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The Mimosa Road

The Mimosa Road

By car, 160 km, 3 days

Until early April, millions of downy flowers perfume the hills and valleys of the Côte d'Azur... If you’re heading for Bormes-les-Mimosas in Grasse, follow our route and discover the secret charms of the Riviera, never more attractive than during winter!

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83230 Bormes-les-Mimosas (France)

83230 Bormes-les-Mimosas
15 km from Bormes, the Mediterranean gardens of the Rayol area offer one of the most beautiful sites of the Var coastline. The exotic fragrances are a blend of mimosas with pines and cork oaks. A monumental staircase connects the beach and a belvedere topped by a pergola, two Art Nouveau masterpieces included in the l'inventaire des Monuments Historiques.

Estérel mountains   Worth a journey Worth a journey Worth a journey

06150 Cannes
Nature and gardens

This low-lying, ravined mountain range extends to the sea with promontories, deep creeks, headlands and beaches. Its fire-red colours form a striking contrast with the indigo blue of the Mediterranean. The Corniche d'Or coastal road running between Cannes and St-Raphaël is a great way of exploring the area. Mandelieu-la-Napoule, the mimosa capital, Pointe de l'Esquillon and Pointe de l'Observatoire headlands and the small resorts of Anthéor, Agay and Boulouris make pleasant stops along the way.


06600 Antibes (France)

06600 Antibes
The Mimosa Road ends in Grasse, the perfume capital in which, among others, the legendary Chanel Number 5 was created...Tall medieval houses the colour of a sunset: ochre, red, orange, yellow...On certain days, the scent of jasmine and rose flood the streets of the city: it’s the laboratories of the old parfumeries developing a new fragrance from fresh flowers!

Musée International de la Parfumerie   Worth a detour Worth a detour

8 Pl. du Cours 06130 Grasse
Museums and art

Reopened in 2008, this museum extends over nearly 3,500m2. The extremely modern interior was designed by Frédéric Jung. Highlights include a "scented" video screening; presentation of plants used in the perfume industry; rotating chronological exhibition of the 50,000 pieces in the museum's collection (of particular interest are Marie-Antoinette's travel essentials and the game of Koh-Do (literally the "way of the incense")); plus an impressive collection of bottles.


Perfume factories

20 bd Fragonard 06130 Grasse

Villa-Musée Jean-Honoré Fragonard  

23 bd Fragonard 06130 Grasse
Museums and art

This museum pays tribute to three generations of Fragonards: Jean-Honoré, the father; his sister-in-law Marguerite Gérard; his son Alexandre-Évarisre; and grandson Théophile. The real painter of the family was undoubtedly Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) and you can see a copy of his delicate The Progress of Love here. The original, which was rejected by the Duchess du Barry, is in New York.


Place aux Herbes  

Pl. aux Herbes 06130 Grasse
Architecture, castles and historic districts

The very lively market that takes place in this square sells Provençal herbs and all kinds of lettuce.

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