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The old village is actually rather nice, in spite of being somewhat touristy. The upper part (above the restaurants and the Office de Tourisme) is so thoroughly restored that it's "pretty". The lower part is fairly large, with narrow streets between old houses, and more reminiscent of the medieval villages further back in Beyond.

Chateau Ruins

A walk up to the top of the village will take you to the "ruins" of the 13th-century chateau. The ruins are so neat, they look like they were built exactly like that, and they're private property. They're shaded by huge pins parasols, though, and there's a tiny park with lawn, benches, and a nice view to reward your walk.

Chapelle Notre Dame de Constance

The 13th-century Romanesque chapel sits on the top of the hill (315 m), above the village. From the chateau ruins, continue up the hill on Chemin de Constance, following the red-white marks of the Grande Randonnée. It's about a half-hour climb up through the forest of cork oak, to the chapel and observation table at the top. The view is fabulous from the top. The forested hills of the Maures stretch out to the west and climb away to the east. Across the plains below, beyond Bormes-les-Mimosas and Le Lavandou, the Hyères Islands (Iles d'Hyères) stretch across the sea from left to right.

Route du Mimosa

The Route du Mimosa is an annual inter-village celebration of 8 villages along a 130-km route. The towns and villages are: Bormes-les-Mimosas Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer Sainte Maxime Saint Raphäel Tanneron Pégomas, and Grasse.



History of Bormes-les-Mimosas

Name

First record, Borma: 1056. Bormes became Bormes-les-Mimosas in 1968.

Celto-Ligurian: The original Celtic-Ligurian people here, from around 400 BC, were the Bormani. The port of Brégançon on the west side of Cap Bénat, handled Mediterranian traffic during Antiquity, exporting lead and granit from local mines during Greek occupation; the plain of Bormes was probably a commercial center.

Gallo-Roman: Numerous artifacts discovered here show a clear Roman presence.

Medieval: Bormes has had a difficult history. The village was first sacked by the Saracens in 730, and they returned occasionally until 1539. The Spanish attacked in 1362 and the Corsaires sacked the village in 1393. The plague decimated the population in 1482, until it was stopped by the monk Francesco Martotillo, who became Saint François de Paul and the patron saint of the village. Bormes was put to flame in 1529 by the Maures ("Africans"). The village was ravaged in 1539 by the Génois of Andrea Doria, and in 1579 by the Wars of Religion, directed by the Count of Carcès. Various Lords ruled in succession, until Lenfant made Bormes a barony in 1750; this was one of the rare examples of a self-ruled commune prior to the Revoluton.

More Recently: Bormes was set up as a resort town in 1890. In 1913, part of the territory was detached to form the commune of Le Lavandou.


Tourist Office

Tel : 04 94 01 38 38; Fax: 04 94 64 79 57

Email: bormeslesmimosas.com

Dates

Fête: 10 Feb - Grand Corso du Mimosa: parades, floats
Marché aux Puces (flea markets): 1st, 3rd Saturdays


Hiking

• GPS: 43.142008, 6.338347

Maps

IGN (1/25,000) #3446 ET "Le Lavandou, Parc Nat. Port-Cros, Corniche Maures"

Didier Richard (1/50,000) #25 "Maures Haut-Pays Varois"

The Massif des Maures is full of great hiking trails, including the long-distance Grandes Randonnées GR 51 and GR 90, local trails and many possible loop hikes.
• The GR 90 starts on the road between Le Lavandou and Bormes-les-Mimosas. It passes through the village, up the hill to the Chapelle Notre Dame de Constance and then up into the Maures to the north. It passes Collobrières (about 15 km) before joining the east-west GR 9. A good hiking guidebook is the "FFRP - Massifs Provencaux (ref. 906)".
• The GR 51 (The Balcony of the Cote d'Azur) crosses through the Maures just beyond the chapel above the village. To join the GR 51, you can hike north from the chapel, or follow a trail northeast from the village, past the Pierre d'Avenon (443 m).
• A coastal hiking path goes south, past Port de Bormes and around the Cap Bénat. To the east, this path follows the coast past Cavalière and around the Cap Nègre.
• There are loop hiking trails around two of the Hyères islands. Porquerolles is the largest; Port-Cros is more hilly and forested.


Transportation Bormes-les-Mimosas

  • Toulon-Hyères Airport (25 km)

Department 83, Var Buses

  • See Beyond's Var Department Bus Schedules for downloading the Var bus-lines map [Plan du Reseau] and bus-line schedules [Horaires] (link for PDF files).
  • Schedules for the Var bus lines are on the VarLib Horaires-Ligne page (http://www.varlib.fr/horaires_ligne/?rub_code=6") - type the line number in the Numéro ... ligne box to access the bus schedule PDF link. (Type a couple of digits in the box to get a list of route numbers.)

Hyères Airport - St-Tropez Bus 7803

  • Var bus line 7803 connects the Toulon-Hyères Airport with all the towns along the coast to Saint Tropez.
     
    - For Hyères or Toulon, transfer (at any of the stops) to line 7801.
     
    - For Grimaud, St Maximin, Fréjus, transfer at St Tropez to line 7601.
     
    The complete route for bus line 7803 is: Hyères Les Palmiers airport, La Londe-les-Maures, Bormes-les-Mimosas, Le Lavandou, Le Rayol-Canadel, Cavalaire-sur-Mer, La Croix-Valmer, Gassin, La Foux, St Tropez.
     
    Schedules for the Var bus lines are on the VarLib Horaires-Ligne page (http://www.varlib.fr/horaires_ligne/?rub_code=6") - type the line number (7803) in the Numéro ... ligne box to access the bus schedule PDF link. (Type a couple of digits in the box to get a list of route numbers.)

Toulon - Le Lavandou - St-Tropez Bus 7801

  • Var bus line 7801 connects the Toulon with all the towns along the coast to Saint Tropez (but not the airport).
     
    - For the Toulon-Hyères Airport, transfer at La Londe-les-Maures to line 7803.
     
    - For Grimaud, St Maximin, Fréjus, transfer at St Tropez to line 7601.
     
    The complete route for bus line 7801 is: Toulon, La Valette, La Garde, La Crau, Hyères (center), La Londe-les-Maures, Bormes-les-Mimosas, Le Lavandou, Le Rayol-Canadel, Cavalaire-sur-Mer, La Croix-Valmer, Gassin, La Foux, St Tropez.
     
    Schedules for the Var bus lines are on the VarLib Horaires-Ligne page (http://www.varlib.fr/horaires_ligne/?rub_code=6") - type the line number (7801) in the Numéro ... ligne box to access the bus schedule PDF link. (Type a couple of digits in the box to get a list of route numbers.)

  • Gare SNCF, Toulon (42 km)

Bateau Taxi "Tonton Winger"

  • To: Iles d'Or
  • Location: 1568, route de Margegasse; 83230 Bormes-les-Mimosas
  • Tel: 0494 712 857

SNCM Ferryterranée

  • To: Corsica, Sardinia
  • Location: 49 Ave Infanterie de Marine; 83000 Toulon
  • Tel: 0494 166 660

Vedettes les Iles d'Or

  • To: Iles d'Or
  • Location: 15, Quai Gabriel Péri; 83980 Le Lavandou
  • Tel: 0494 710 102

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