BORMES LES MIMOSAS - GIENS -HYERES LES PALMIERS
In the morning visit of Bormes les Mimosas :
Nestling among the “Massif des Maures” and turned to the Mediterranean Sea, Bormes les Mimosas is often compared to a Provencal nativity scene due to its old village. The beautiful mimosa trees that gave the name to the village as well as other flowers are everywhere. Bormes is one of the most florally decorated villages of France.
You will enjoy ambling along the tortuous streets, where old houses are covered with pink tiles. Then you can go to the top of the village where stand the ruins of a medieval castele the admire the panoramic view on the lles d'Or (golden islands) and the sea.
Lunch in Hyères or Giens.
The Giens peninsula is 4 mile long and is attached to the continent by two isthmuses forming a double “Tombolo” (from the Italian language meaning a deposition landform that separates the sea in two). The access to the peninsula is framed by marshlands, where live a lot of wild birds, such as flamingos or egrets. Let's stop in one of the small ports like La Madrague, Niel and or la Tour Fondue or to the picturesque village of Giens located at the end of the peninsula and facing the Porquerolles Islands, Port Cros and Le Levant.
Guided tour of Hyères les Palmiers,
This city can be proud of its medieval heritage : the 12th and 13th C Saint Paul collegiate church where there is a superb collection of ex-votos, the Saint Louis church which was built in the romanesque and the gothic style from 13thC, remains from 12th and 13thC Old Castle and of the Templar knights’ tower.
The lively town center is full of craft shops, markets, fresh fish shops, flower shops (1st cut flower-producing area of France). There are many cafés, terraces, restaurants and street events.
Hyères is located at the foot of the “Massif des Maures” and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, it is the most southerly town of Provence with 300 days of sunshine per year. It therefore became a resort as early as the 19th century. It was once the favorite summer residence for celebrities and intellectual elites. Their magnificent villas border wide avenues, forming a whole Victorian suburb, close by the town center. Hyères is also the town of palm trees.