Hi travelers. Thanks for stopping by our blog on Eze – a stunning village located on the French Riviera. We live in Lyon but are both from the west of France and have been together since 2018. Our first travel experience as a couple was a last minute trip to Cinque Terre, and we have enjoyed exploring France and Europe ever since. This feeling of leaving our daily life behind to explore new destinations is addictive for us – and also necessary.
Recently, we decided to go to the French Riviera because we came here three years ago and loved it. However, we didn’t stay long enough to see everything. So this summer we booked two weeks in Cote d’Azur: one week in Frejus and another week in Nice. We were able to visit St. Tropez, Port Grimaud, Eze, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Menton, Cap-d’Ail and many creeks.
Falling in Love with the Eze Village
We love French villages and have already seen many – special mention for Perouges which is a charming commune next to us in Lyon. Therefore, it was natural that Eze was added to our list after seeing pictures of it on Instagram. We took advantage of our stay in Nice to finally discover it.
Eze was such a wonderful place to wander, every alley and corner was fabulous. We ate at a great restaurant in the heart of the village called Le Nid d’Aigle – you have to taste their pasta with pistou – and roamed through Le Jardin Exotique, an incredible spot with cacti, succulents and a sensational view. We were left speechless by our experiences in Eze.
The sense of history in Eze was palpable, however we can’t exactly say we are history buffs. We are more likely to observe than learn deeply about the past of a destination – guilty as charged. But we still knew that Eze is indeed a very old village since the first traces of its existence go back two centuries before the arrival of Jesus Christ and the spreading of Christianity.
Favorite Place in Eze: Le Jardin Exotique
The top place for us in Eze was Le Jardin Exotique or rather the fairy garden. This botanical garden is worthy of a Disney movie. The views make up a lot of its beauty. Being high above everything gives it a feeling that you have been transported back in time. It’s a spectacle of nature: impressive flora and fauna, and the sea stretching out as far as the eye can see. What more could you ask for? Le Jardin Exotique is a must-visit in Eze.
Need to Know Before you Go
We didn’t sleep in Eze. We stayed in Nice and it was the perfect base to visit several other attractions along the coast because many cities and villages are accessible by taking a car or train or bus – Eze, Menton, Monaco, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Antibes, etc. We can only recommend doing the same.
If you decide to visit Eze while in the French Riviera, the first thing you need to know is that good shoes are imperative. There are many paves that cross the village. For those coming in summer and by car (like us), try to arrive early in the morning since there isn’t much car parking space. You will also avoid the crowds of tourists and get to enjoy the quiet streets all to yourself.