The perched village of Èze, located between Nice and Menton, is a charming hamlet, a labyrinth of flower-filled passages and medieval streets lined with artists’ studios, art galleries, restaurants and souvenir shops. It is rather touristy in high season but worth a diversion for its idyllic, Mediterranean atmosphere.
Èze is one of the smallest villages on the Côte d’Azur, from which you can admire the view of these houses suspended on a rocky outcrop. It is such a picturesque place that it has been loved by many famous personalities, including Walt Disney, who used to spend his holidays here.
We recommend visiting Èze in spring when the mild temperatures will allow you to enjoy the altitude without worrying about the cold. Also, there are few tourists at this time of year, resulting in less traffic, more parking possibilities and cheaper rates.
Access to the village is through the 14th century double fortified gate. The cobbled streets will take you on a journey through time. In fact, the atmosphere of this medieval village in Provence is particularly charming.
Let yourself be guided along the main path that passes under the vaults of the stone houses and discover the small craft shops that are the centre of life in Èze: you will discover charming shops selling textiles, souvenirs, local specialities, handmade jewellery and small art galleries.
It stands proudly in the middle of the village, with its majestic clock. The stones necessary for its construction would have been carried on the shoulders of men along the 400 metres separating the village from the sea.
In neoclassical style, this church was built in the 18th century to replace an old religious building that had fallen into disrepair. With its ochre-coloured façade, the blue quadrant of its bell tower and its Corinthian pilasters, this church is a true architectural jewel typical of churches in the south of France.
In the historical centre is the village’s sumptuous Exotic Garden, a true marvel, very famous on the Côte d’Azur. Perched more than 400 metres above sea level, the hanging garden stands on the ruins of the village’s ancient medieval castle. It is one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the Côte d’Azur: you can admire the towns of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Cap-Ferrat, Villefranche-sur-mer and Nice. On very clear days, you can even see Corsica.
The garden is divided into 3 different sections. The southern side presents species from hot and dry environments, mainly from Latin America and Africa. These are therefore exotic plants that are rarely seen such as cacti, agaves, aloes.
The northern slope is home to Mediterranean and subtropical plants that grow in damp, shady atmospheres: myrtles and strawberry trees hide near small waterfalls. A true oasis of coolness that is very popular during the summer period.
The zen space allows you to discover some subtropical species while enjoying a magnificent view of the Mediterranean. Here you will find all the conditions to carve out a little moment of relaxation: the gentle sound of flowing water, fountains to refresh you and deckchairs to rest your legs.
It was in Èze that the Fragonard factory-laboratory, one of the oldest perfumeries in Grasse, was inaugurated in 1968. It was founded in 1926 by a former Parisian notary, who named it in homage to the famous Grasse painter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard .
You will have the opportunity to visit and discover the manufacturing secrets of Fragonard products, all handmade, through several rooms. You will learn the steps of perfume making, in particular the distillation technique with stills, the maceration technique that allows the infusion of essential oils, or the coldenfleurage technique for delicate flowers. The visit also provides an insight into the craft of the nose and the different stages of designing a new perfume.
The visit ends, of course, with a trip to the shop, where you will find all the brand’s products and where your guide will teach you how to distinguish the different olfactory families: floral, fruity, powdery, woody or oriental. If you are interested, you can attend workshops to create your own perfume.
To explore the lush nature surrounding the village, head for the Chemin de Nietzche. This hiking trail is named after the famous German philosopher who, in the 19th century, is said to have found inspiration near the beach of Èze.
This 2-kilometre hike connects Èze-Village to Èze-sur-Mer and allows you to discover magnificent landscapes all along the way. With an altitude difference of 400 metres, it will take you about 45 minutes to descend and 1 hour and 30 minutes to ascend.
In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article
Èze has very high-priced luxury accommodation and hotels, but sleeping inside the village is definitely the best way to enjoy all the old-world charm of the village.
If you want to save money, you’ll have to look to nearby resorts such as Èze-sur-Mer, Nice or Menton, where you can find a greater variety of hotels and accommodation to suit all budgets.
The quickest way to reach Èze is to land at Nice Airport, which is only 28 kilometres away.
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Èze is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, 12 km from Nice and 8 km from Monaco.