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The most colourful of the towns between Nice and Monaco along the Moyenne Corniche route, the medieval village of Eze winds its way around its conical rock. A labyrinth of tiny vaulted passes and stairways designed from fear of attack.
And what a history. Eze was part of Provence but in 1388 became part of the County of Savoy. In 1543 it suffered from the offensives of the Ottoman fleet of Suleyman the Magnificent allied with Francis the 1st. During the 16th and 17th centuries the village was occupied and devastated on several occasions by the French army. The remains of the castle right on top was once a circular fortress which was demolished by the soldiers of Louis 14th in 1706.
In 1860 the people of Eze voted unanimously to become part of France!
A labyrinth of passages and stairways, with beautiful stone buildings, this photo opportunity in every direction village is now a haven of antique dealers, art and craft sellers, restaurants and whatever else might appeal to wealthy tourists.
At 429 metres above sea level covering the entire top of the rock above Eze and amongst the castle remains with the most amazing panoramas of the French Riviera below!
- Pros:beautiful, so impressive and exciting, here we have such an amazingly kept medieval village - makes you feel like an excited child again!and can be done in a one hour rush. The cactus garden on top is amazing!!such a stunning location and use of it!
- Cons:needed so much more time I didnt have!
- In a nutshell:just stunning!left so enthusiastic Id been to see it.
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