The medieval village of Èze is an eagles’ nest perched about 1,400 feet above sea level just 12 km from Nice. First settled in 2000 BCE, the village has passed through the hands of the Romans, Moors, Phoenicians, Turks, and Italians. The village is broken up into two sections: Èze-sur-Mer, which is located on the water, and Èze Village, which is the hilltop village. They are connected by the Nietzsche Path, where Freidrich Nietzsche apparently enjoyed hiking to the beach and pondering the beauty of the area.
Èze-Village can be reached easily from Nice via the 82 bus. The 82 runs every 90 minutes, so plan your trip accordingly. The more frequent 100 bus can also do the trick, but only if you like to hike: it drops you off at Èze-sur-Mer, so be sure to bring your walking shoes so you can follow the Nietzsche Trail to the top. This hike is not for the faint of heart. We considered the trail, but with both of us a bit run-down from all the traveling, we opted for the more relaxing route.
You can see Èze-Village in just a couple of hours, but it may be the type of thing you’d like to stick around and check out. There are art galleries, shops, and many nooks and crannies to enjoy if you’re interesting in photography or medieval architecture. The small village has winding stone streets that you can get lost on, but not too lost – the town is not that big. Its mission is to reach the hearts (and wallets) of upscale tourists, so it’s not an offbeat spot – but it is still worth checking out. We definitely recommend shelling out 6 euro for the gardens at the peak of the city – Le Jardin Exotique – as it not only boasts interesting local and imported foliage, but it provides by far the best vista of the coastline from the majestic village.
Here are some of the highlights from Èze-Village.
Here’s the Exotic Garden – again, definitely worth the 6 euro. We hesitated at first, but we were very happy we decided to go for it.
So there you have Èze-Village. It’s a must-see if you’re in Nice, and it’s only a half-hour away. Just another 20 minutes by bus is the world’s most densely populated and second smallest country, Monaco! And that’s where we head next time.