Sir Mayor can you please tell us, in a few words, about your municipality?
You will not be surprised if I tell you that Bormes les Mimosas is the most beautiful town in the world! Nestled between the forest of the Maures hills and the Mediterranean Sea, facing the ‘Iles d’Or’, Bormes les Mimosas is a leading tourist destination. It has a true historical and architectural heritage but also a coastline that has been only slightly urbanized. With its white sandy beaches, one can walk or swim in a completely preserved environment. Bormes also has a modern port of 1200 moorings, each equipped with the latest equipment. Finally, Bormes has a strong wine tradition with rosé wines ranked amongst the best in the Provence region.
In your opinion, what are the most important sights to discover?
There are many. This medieval village, a French flagship ofFlowered Villages of France, is ina unique setting nestled on a hillside. Bormes has been given many awards, including the most recently designated label ‘remarkable garden’for the Gonzalez Park. In addition, the famous Fort of Bregançon can be visited in season with a reservation at the tourist office. Visitors can also discover the coastal nature path which runs along the coast several kilometers, the vineyards, the chapel Notre Dame de Constance above the village that has an exceptional 360 ° panorama… I will stop here because the list is long…
The summer program in your town is very eclectic. Why this variety?
The diversity of tourists who visit Bormes les Mimosas createdifferent needs and desires. Our neighborhoods and our venues are also very diverse. The calm and serenity of the village contrasts with the busy summer family and friendly ambience in the district of La Favière. Therefore, it is important to bring a certain eclecticism in our programming that corresponds to everyone.
This year, you are launching anArgentine Tango Festival. Can you tell us a few words about it?
Four days of Argentine tango are programmed from 7th to 10th July. Courses with the greatest masters of Argentines Tango will take place each day at the sailing school of La Favière. In the evening, in the village, you will find beginning dance classes during the aperitif hour at the place Gambetta and demonstrations from 9 pm onwards at the Castle. The culmination of the festival will be on July 9th, when we honor Hippolyte Bouchard,anative of Bormes and hero of the Argentinian revolution and liberation of Buenos Aires. This year, the ceremony will be particularly sumptuous, in the context of the bicentennial of the independence of Argentina.
Another important meeting, an exhibition devoted to Dali…
This summer the Arts and History Museum will host an exhibition devoted to Salvador Dali. Jordi Casals’s private collection will be exhibited on this occasion. Photos made by Dali, as well as photos of Dali himself, along withoriginal engravings and surprises await the public. This is an opportunity for us to highlight our Museum which is located in the heart of the village.
Classical music lovers are not forgotten with the “Musicales de Bormes” concerts that will take place for the second year in the unique setting of the Fort of Bregançon…
Actually, the medieval village lends itself admirably to classical music programming, which will provide a new momentum for the ‘Musicales de Bormes’ program in 2016. For the second year in a row, French National Monuments, in charge of opening of the Fort of Bregançon to the public, agreed to allow a night concert in July and one in August on siteat the Fort. The panorama and the quality of programming will make these moments exceptional. Contact our Tourist Office, because tickets are limited.
To conclude, in one sentence, how can you describe summer in Bormes les Mimosas?
Relaxation, happiness, joy of living. We make every effort to provide interesting events and programs with cleanliness and safety so that we may receive our visitorsunder the best possible conditions and make their stay as comfortable as possible. The Mayor, elected officials and municipal services are highlyinvested in this objective.