The best things to do and places to see in Eze, France
Eze is a picturesque town on the Côte d'Azur in France, near Nice on the Monegasque side. It is situated just 18 minutes from Monaco and 25 minutes from Nice by car. The village is more than 1500 years old. It stretches from a seaside town called Eze-sur-Mer to the hill of the medieval village of Eze-le-Village. Eze is also one of the 16 villages in the department of Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur, which is part of the tourist route Route des Villages Perchés (Mountain Village Road). Other villages along this route are Aspremont, Carros, Castagniers, Coaraze, Colomars, Duranus, Falicon, La Gaude, Lantosque, Levens, La Roquette-sur-Var, Saint-Blaise, Saint-Jeannet, Tourrette-Levens and Utelle.
Eze offers breathtaking panoramic views of the French Riviera. A lot of celebrities, artists and writers used to travel to Ez. Walt Disney, the famous American animator also spent a lot of time there. Today, Eze is one of the most popular cities on the French Riviera and a great sight worthy to visit. Here is the list of the best things to do and places to see in Eze, France.
Get lost in Medieval streets
Ez is a medieval village whose streets look like a beautiful movie decoration. Stone paved streets, cozy restaurants, souvenir shops and lots of flowers in bloom. One of the best things you can do in Ez is just walk down its beautiful streets. Here you can buy paintings by local artists, Mediterranean-style dishes, lavender handicrafts and other souvenirs from provence. At the local restaurant, order a glass of local pink wine and a plate of French cheese.
Visit Exotic garden (Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze)
The exotic garden of Eza is located above sea level at the top of medieval ruins in Eze Village. In the garden, you can admire succulent plants from different continents. Many plants have been brought here from Central America. Plants such as cactuses, aloes and agaves are able to accumulate water in their leaves and thus live long without watering. The garden trails are decorated with sculptures by Jean-Philippe Richard. In the northern part of the garden there are waterfalls and caves, typical for Mediterranean parks.
The Nietzsche Path
Nietzsche lived in the village of Ez during the writing of "That spake Zarathoustra". The village of Eze, like the entire French Riviera, was one of Friedrich Nietzsche's favorite destinations. Like many other writers, he liked to walk to find inspiration. Nietzsche also said about Eze that "here, I grow on the sun as the plants grows there".
The Nietzsche Path is a mountain hiking trail that connects Eze-sur-Mer ("lower" Eze) and Eze-Village. Looking for inspiration, he walked around the neighborhood and often went from the Eze-sur-Mer to the Eze- Village. After that, this road was named after a great writer and philosopher.
If you are active and like to walk, follow in Nietzsche's footsteps. Climbing the path will take approximately 1.5 hours. You will need comfortable shoes, a bottle of water and a headdress. You can also make stops on your way to admire the beautiful views of the French Riviera.
Dine at a restaurant with a stunning view
And Ez has several restaurants with great views and excellent cuisine. We advise you to visit one of these restaurants to choose from as it is a really great experience and a nice ending to your trip to Ez.
Château Eza hotel offers a Gourmet Restaurant serving à la carte French and Mediterranean cuisine against the stunning backdrop of the French Riviera. Here you can dine in the indoor glass-edged room with 180° panoramic views for fully enjoying the sun-kissed Riviera weather or on one of the several outdoor terraces, all overlooking the sparkling azure waters of the Cote d'Azur.
Le Nid d'Aigle
At the highest point of the village, after having walked through the narrow streets, Le Nid d'Aigle offer you an extensive a la carte menu, several types of varied menus, which you can enjoy while taking advantage of the breathtaking view of the turquoise sea. In the dining room or on our terrace divided into several small levels which privilege the intimacy of the place, you will thus be our privileged guests.
If you are looking for a place to eat in Eze at more democratic prices, you also have a choice of places to go. For example, try lunch at a restaurant Food'Eze. Good food and great view are guaranteed.