If you are visiting Monaco, Nice or Cannes, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Côte d'Azur, known as the French Riviera, and visit a charming hilltop medieval 1,000-year-old village Eze. This village nestled 427 meters (1,401 ft.) above sea level on a narrow rocky peak. It is one of the most pictured place in the province with breathtaking view on the Cap Ferrat and Villefranche-sur-Mer bays.
Eze is the ideal place to explore if you like history. This area was inhabited around 2000 BC. Eze was under Roman Empire, Moors and belonged to the House of Savoy from 1300. The village was built around the base of a 12th-century castle. The oldest building in Eze is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix, built in 1306. The beautiful stone houses, arches, small arts and crafts boutique stores, flowers and plants, squares, refreshing ancient fountains, botanical garden, restaurants and two hotels will amaze you.
The whole village is pedestrian. However, it is not wheelchair accessible. The cobbled roads of the village itself are very narrow and steep. Also, they are filled with steps.
There are two romantic boutique hotels in Eze – Chateau Eza and Château de la Chèvre d’Or. The Chateau Eza luxury hotel built 400 years ago within the ancient city walls with one of the most spectacular settings in Eze village overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. All 12 hotel rooms decorated in a Louis XIII style. The hotel has its Gourmet restaurant with a fantastic panoramic view of the French Riviera.
The luxury hotel Château de la Chèvre d’Or sets in the heart of the village and offers spectacular view of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. The five-star hotel amenities include private gardens, outdoor heated pool, wellness center and a few restaurants. 39 rooms and suites decorated with elegant furniture. The rooms that are situated in the old village houses and apartments of Èze were transformed into hotel rooms and suites over the years.
Do not miss out visiting the beautiful exotic botanical garden Jardin Exotique d’Èze located at the top of the village, 429 meters above the Mediterranean. The garden was set on the site of the fortress built in the second half of the 12th century by Eze family. The garden hosts an excellent collection of succulents, Mediterranean plants, wetlands with caves and a waterfall, sculptures, statues, and benches to relax. The garden offers the outstanding view of the Mediterranean Sea coast and mountain ranges.
The French Riviera is one of the most famous coastlines full of historical places, vineyards, small charming villages, sandy and pebble beaches, small bays, spectacular view on Mediterranean, stunning landscape and nature. Whether you a professional photographer or amateur, this is a real paradise for amazing photo shoots. It is not surprising that many artists, writers, and musicians were inspired by the beauty of the French Riviera. The village welcomed Walt Disney, Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin, George Sand, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie, Friedrich Nietzsche, the members of Monaco’s royal family - Rainier III and Princess Antoinette as well as many other celebrities and famous personalities.