Eze is a beautiful hilltop medieval village in the south of France, between Monaco and Nice. The village is famous for its spectacular views, impressive architecture, and stunning geographical location above the French Riviera. Discover the best 10 Things To Do in Eze Village!
- Eze is located in southern France, between Monaco and Nice. The village is only about 12 km away by car from the city of Nice.
- The village is located on a hilltop of a high cliff about 1,400 feet above the sea level.
- History fact: In 1338, the House of Savoy took charge of the village Eze and fortified it.
10 Things To Do in Eze Village
1. Stunning Views
As you can see from these pictures, Eze is famous for offering astonishing views of the Mediterranean Sea and the French Riviera, also known as Cote d’Azur:
The reason that the views are so amazing from any vantage point in Eze is that the village is located on a hilltop of a high cliff about 1,400 feet above the sea level – with the Mediterranean Sea underneath it. The unbelievable views are everywhere you look :
2. Architecture – Fortified Stronghold
But it’s not only the views that capture your eyes, as you’re walking the streets. The village has been built as a fortified stronghold during the Medieval period, and the beautiful architecture reflects that.
3. Chapelle de la Sainte Croix
4. Hotels, Shops, and Galleries
There are a couple of really nice hotels right in this hilltop village and lots of shops and galleries, all housed in medieval style buildings.
5. Walking through narrow Streets and Steps
Walking the narrow streets of this town is like being transported back to the Middle Ages.
Be prepared to walk up the hill quite a lot, and then down the hill, on the way back. In this little town, you do need good walking shoes to walk these medieval pathways and steps:
The Eze village is also famous for its beautiful greenery like these cacti growing along the wall:
7. Exotic Garden
If you love botany, Eze has a beautiful Exotic Garden (Le Jardin exotique d’Eze) with lots of exotic cacti and other botanical species. The lovers of botany should definitely check it out.
8. Chateau Eza
Eze village has 2 amazing hotels right in the village. We stayed in one of them, Chateau Eza:
This boutique hotel is a renovated 400-year-old Chateau, with rooms and suites all along the hilltop. The views from the rooms are nothing short of spectacular. The hotel has a great restaurant and a beautiful deck where you can hang out, drink champagne cocktails, enjoy the views, and be very French. 🙂
9. Château de La Chèvre d’Or
Another notable hotel in Eze is Château de La Chèvre d’Or:
Château de La Chèvre d’Or is famous for its stunningly beautiful gardens with exotic animal statues. This hotel also has a bar and restaurant where you can relax and enjoy the views while drinking French wine.
10. Nietzsche path
Nietzsche path is a beautiful path to the Eze village. The views are amazing, and it’s great exercise! Don’t forget to wear shoes appropriate for hiking, since you have to climb up the hill and then back down the hill.
Why visit Eze
Because Eze is situated so close to Nice and Monaco, it’s a perfect day trip from those 2 locations. If you happen to stay in Nice or Monaco and have an extra day to spare, I highly recommend that you visit Eze village and explore its medieval streets and architecture.
Trip to Eze is a relaxing one. It’s all about enjoying the beauty of nature and your surroundings. Everywhere you look, the views are so different but all spectacular: