Join Fabrice, a certified and local mountain guide, for a fun and scenic day exploring the renowned mimosa forests near Mandelieu-la-Napoule, in southern France, at the peak of their bloom.
Explore one of the biggest mimosa forests worldwide.
Enjoy colourful Mediterranean landscape and sea views.
Take advantage of one of the best winter hikes in France.
In the forests around Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France, mimosa flowers from January to March offer a spectacle of colours and unforgettable scents!
Originating in Australia, mimosa was introduced to Europe in the middle of the 19th century. It thrived on the Côte d’Azur due to the warm climate.
The ‘mimosistes’ (mimosa growers) multiplied in the region, in Mandelieu and the Tanneron Moutains. Markets developed and wagons full of mimosa left La Napoule station every day for the north of France and abroad.
Having thus participated in the development of the local economy, mimosa is celebrated every year by the inhabitants of Mandelieu-la Napoule. Officially celebrated for the first time in 1931, the Mimosa Festival has since been a great success.
The Tanneron Mountains are covered with mimosa plantation and we will wander in mimosa forests as we enjoy lovely sea views. We may also have the chance to admire the snowy alpine mountains of Mercantour Nal park.
Your guide, who is also an expert of botany, will also tell you many local stories.
There are two options for the hike. I offer a full-day option that lasts for four hours, starting near Mandelieu. We will be able to take an easy or intermediate route, depending on your preferences.
I also offer a half-day hike that lasts between two and three hours. On this hike, we will take an easy route.
So what are you waiting for? Book now for a fun and scenic half-day of hiking through the stunningly beautiful mimosa forests of southern France!
If you like the look of this trip then I think you will also enjoy my full-day seashore hike along Ramatuelle and Saint Tropez! You can also take a look at my hike in Cap Roux, Esterel.
Accommodations may be found in Cannes, Mandelieu La Napoule or Nice.
The guide can decide to modify this program for reasons of safety, weather conditions or any other unforeseen event. It can also be adapted according to the technical and physical level of participants.
Check List: Walking shoes or boots. Breathable Jacket Micro fleece and mountain tee shirts, if possible avoid cotton tee-shirts. Cap. Water bottle (1 liter/person). Sun protection, eye protection.
Mandelieu near Cannes
I am a hiking guide (International Mountain Leader) who has been working all over France (including Provence and the Alps), Italy and Portugal since 2001. I speak fluent English due to my frequent trips to Taos Ski Valley (in New Mexico, USA where my family runs a great hotel and ski school), and my hiking trips in the American Southwest.
I live mainly in Nice (French Riviera), but I also move all over the Alps working in different alpine valleys. I often visit Martinique (French Caribbean island), where I enjoy rainforest and tropical hikes.
When I´m not guiding, I also work as a photographer, and like to climb, ski, play tennis, or kitesurf in my spare time. Additionally, I really enjoy botany and history.
I can guide you for a half day or for as many days as you like. I´ll take you to discover my favourite French Riviera alpine region, and the wild and large Mercantour National Park (counting 8 different valleys) near Nice, Monte Carlo and Cannes.
In my region we can enjoy the Mediterranean landscape at sea level. As we move into higher altitudes, we will discover alpine lakes, larch or pine forests, orchids and alpine flowers, open meadows, spectacular medieval perched villages and old baroque chapels and churches, with great historic value.
We can also discover the hiking hotspots in Provence such as Calanques National Park, Verdon gorges, Sainte Victoire and the Var region, with Saint Tropez a particular highlight.
I also love to hike in Italy in the very famous world heritage Cinque Terre (the amazing national park of the "Five Lands"), or in Liguria near San Remo.
And finally, I always enjoy taking my guests to the northern Alps: to Chamonix and Mont Blanc´s amazingly large panoramas or to the great Vanoise National Park, the largest in the heart of French Alps.
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Group of 1
|EUR 165 each|
Group of 2
|EUR 83 each|
Group of 3
|EUR 57 each|
Group of 4
|EUR 42 each|
Group of 5
|EUR 33 each|
Group of 6
|EUR 29 each|
Group of 7
|EUR 26 each|
Group of 8
|EUR 23 each|
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• Guiding fee
• Price for 8 to 10 people: €22/person Price for 11 to 12 people: €20/person
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We had an amazing trip, we wanted to explore the Mercantour region, reconnect with nature, and spend quality time as a couple. Fabrice understood the brief, was clear in his guidelines to prepare the trip, proposed different options, and, ultimately, adapted the hikes on a day to day basis based on the weather. For example, instead of having us hike all day in the mountains in pouring rain on the first day, he adapted the program and took us for a hike all around Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat along the riviera coast. The hikes were stunning, especially at this time of the year (fall) with amazing lights and colors. We highly recommend Fabrice as a guide, he is very knowledgeable on the fauna&flora, local history, on wolves. He also initiated us to some key principles of Nordic walking and mindful walking. Thanks Explore & Share team for connecting us. We definitely will do it again and recommend to friends.
LAM Jit Sau
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We spent a day hiking with guide Fabrice in Mecantaur Park. It was a great hike with different levels of difficulty. We rested at the lake at around 2000 meters and then made our way to the mountain pass high above. We were rewarded with a lot of wildlife sightings and even a patch of snow in August. Patrice was great and gave us a lot of information about the area and the flora and fauna. He was also great at pointing out historical events that took place in the area in the past.
Superbe randonnée au lac de Fenestre. Le guide Fabrice connaît vraiment bien son sujet, le parc du Mercantour, qu’il commente bien, et la randonnée en général. Il su très bien s’adapter à mon niveau (très moyen). Je recommande vivement !
We really enjoyed our trip up and around Utelle. Based on weather conditions, Fabrice identified and organized a slightly different hike for optimal views and tailored to our hiking abilities. He also organized hotel transportation and a lovely picnic. He was very knowledgeable about local history. We are so glad that we were able to get off the beaten path and see something truly special.
Thanks again, it was one of our favourite moments from the holiday!
The trip was great! Fabrice was a wonderful guide and I’m contemplating further trips with him and explore share.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our hike to Mercantour National Park. Fabrice was entertaining and knowledgeable, and helpful. He arranged for our pickup from our hotel at Nice, and even drove us to a village bakery to pack a Provençal sandwich for our picnic at the top of the mountains. Fabrice shared with us a lot of information about the place’s landscape, flora and fauna. And he also showed us how to spot the wildlife and take pictures of the animals. We learnt that he’s also an avid photographer and has extensive experience in nature photography. The highlight of our trip was reaching the crystal clear mountain lake, close to the top of the mountain range, where we also got to cross the border from France into Italy for our picnic. The only regret we have is not being able to spend more time in the park, as the hike took most of the day. We will definitely be interested in doing this again! Thanks for the arrangement! Regards Ernest and Leidia
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Our excursion with Fabrice was one of the highlights of our trip to France. He was extremely knowledgable about the area and the local history. He even went out of his way to take us to see some local orchids that were in bloom when he learned that we love orchids! We will definitely take another trip with him the next time we find ourselves in the area.