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Fabulous views from the tropical garden toward Cap Ferrat reward you for visiting Eze Village, perched on the hills high above Eze bord-de-mer. The picturesque little village is a firm favourite of visitors from the Med cruise boats that anchor in the bay of Villefranche, along with Monaco.
Its cobbled streets are home to lots of tourist boutiques and artists ateliers, and it boasts two very swanky hotels - Chateau Eza and the Chevre d'Or, both of which offer fine dining and stunning night time views for their privileged guests. The leading perfume factories from Grasse also have outlets in Eze to tempt the flow of visitors, and there are a number of bars and more modest restaurants, including the Eagles Nest (Nid d'Aigle)
There is an infrequent bus service from Eze bord de Mer railway station ( 83) and two buses from Nice - (82 and 112) however the most convenient access is taxi, which is why they are fairly plentiful at Villefranche, and of course the dozens of cruiseboat excursion buses.
From Eze Village there is a forty-five minute scrambling path down to Eze Bord-de-Mer named after Friedrich Nietzsche , the "Sentier Nietzsche ". While the German philosopher was staying in Eze, he wrote a chapter of his magnus opus "Thus Spake Zarusthra" in which he praises war, the warrior's spirit, cruelty and vanity. And so we find austere philosophy is not incompatible with topping up your tan.
The beach at Eze Bord de Mer is home to super group U2 frontman Bono's three storey villa. From here, Bono can contemplate in total comfort the vexing issues of the day: climate change, world poverty, and where to go for lunch.
Walk the winding narrow lanes of Eze, steeped in age, a wonderful antidote to modern-day urban living. Crooked, mishappen, asymetrical, delights at every turn.. The four star Chateau Eza hotel has a long association with an ancient King of Sweden. Here you can enjoy a magnificent view while nursing a very expensive glass of beer, though the best views are reserved for those dining on its terraces.
On a cautionary note, I hear people say "Oh I've booked a week in Eze" and the heart sinks - honestly you will be stretched to occupy your time here for a week (unless possibly on your honeymoon) and the transport connections are not especially helpful. Eze is a perfect "half day excursion" for most visitors.
There is one exception to this however. If you are into hiking or VTT cycling, Col d'Eze about 2km above Eze village (end of the bus line) is the gateway to the Rivieras most glorious Nature Park, the Grande Corniche. At a height as much again above Eze Village, you can be walking waymarked paths to Fort Revere and La Turbie, the most breathtaking panorama of the region.
The tropical garden of Eze which occupies the highest point of the village has a monopoly of the sea view, and charges admission, so you have no option but to pay for the view.
It offers a good display of Mediterranean flora, especially varities of cactus, but you should not lose sight of its main purpose - access to the great 360 degree view up and down the Rivier coastline. (Monaco's Jardin Exotique offers a vastly superior collection of cacti in an even more stunning setting)
- Pros:An interesting excursion
- Cons:Not really for more than a day and touristy in high season
- In a nutshell:An interesting excursion from Nice
For a fine panoramic view of Eze Village right down to the sea at Eze Bord de Mer, walk along the bridge approaching Eze... more travel advice
Eze Village is crowned by its Jardin Exotique. The four Euro admission is an essential part of a visit to Eze Village... more travel advice
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