It's February and the king of French Riviera winters is in bloom. All over the hills of the Massif du Tanneron, the Estérel and the Maures Mountains the mimosa colors the hills yellow.
Soon, French Riviera towns will celebrate the yellow flowers: Mandelieu celebrates it with floral floats that parade through the streets at its Fête du Mimosa from february 18-21 2011. The parades on February 26 and 27th take place at the port of Mandelieu la Napoule beginning at 2:30PM.
If you're interested in a more quiet celebration, you can hike among the forests of mimosas. One fun easy hike by Roquebrune-sur-Argens takes place along the Piste du Vernet. If you're going without a map or hiking guide, it's easiest to just stay on the main path and head back the way you came. Loops are possible, but best with a map or guide if you're not familiar with the area.
Begin by the camping Les Claux off the D7 road that heads to/from Roquebrune-sur-Argens (see Google map below). You'll notice a green panel marked "Moulin à Huile - Clos St Martin" off the D7, opposite the entrance to the Les Claux camping. Turn into the road that leads to the Les Claux grounds and then right on the F7 Chemin Neuf path. You can park right there, alongside the road. You'll hike up the next road on your left then veer left off the road onto a marked footpath. It's actually the GR51 footpath. Go as far as you like on this path. After about 2 miles, you'll be surrounded by a mimosa forest.