Eze is located between Nice and Monaco and is divided into village Eze and coastal Eze. The medieval village holds the Fragonard perfume factory and the majority of the local shops. Thanks to its rich history and preserved medieval scenery, Eze is one of the most popular Riviera villages to visit. Its pebbled streets and intricate walkways between long-standing walls and modern shops weave a charming labyrinth.
The Exotic Garden of Eze sits atop the massif of village Eze and the ruins of an old castle. Built after World War II by the ex-mayor André Gianton and Jean Gastaud (who also built the Monaco's Exotic Garden), the garden contains a wide variety of Mediterranean and desert plants from five continents, including many varieties of succulent plants. The village's exterior, between the streets Rue de l'Église and Rue de la Paix, holds the neoclassical church of Eze. It was built in the 18th century on top of the foundation of a 12th-century church and was dedicated to the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption.
To reach coastal Eze, you must walk down "Nietzsche's footpath". It is said that while in Eze, this famous German philosopher found the creativity and inspiration to write the third part of his masterpiece Thus Spoke Zarathustra. The path has a plaque with a written fragment of Nietzsche's Ecce Homo in which his "creative inspiration" is described.
For those who enjoy hiking, the mountains of Grande Corniche Park (north of the village) are beautiful and offer one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the Riviera - the Mediterranean coast extending from the Gulf of Saint-Tropez to the Italian border and beyond. The Grande Corniche has been populated almost continuously since the Iron Age. It is currently home to Forts Revère and Drête, which were built in the 19th century as part of the group of fortifications Séré de Rivières, a predecessor of the Maginot defense line. The map below shows routes to visit the forts.
Map of routes and landmarks in Eze:
1. Nietzsche's Footpath:
Time: ~ 45 min. walking
Nietzsche's footpath is a short hike with pretty views of the coast as it descends towards the village and continues until the coastal part of Eze. The path passes through a steep rocky area, so it is recommended to wear adequate shoes. Expect to take twice as much time to ascend the path.
2. Village Eze to Fort Revère:
Time: ~ 45 min. walking | ~ 15 min. by car | ~ 30 min. by bike
Starting at village Eze, this route ascends streets and dirt paths towards Fort Revère. The fort sits at 696 meters (2,283 feet) above sea level on top of Capi Mountain, just north of the village.
3. Village Eze to Fort Drête:
Time: ~ 60 min. walking | ~ 10 min. by car | ~ 30 min. by bike
This route also starts in village Eze and will take you on a hike west of the village through the Bastion Mountain until Av. des Diables Bleues. You'll go up the avenue until L'aldret route, which will take you directly to Fort Drête. The fort sits at 510 meters (1,673 feet) above sea level.
1. Exotic garden
2. Perfume factory
3. Nietzsche's footpath
4. Revère and Drête forts
5. Church of Eze
6. Castle Chèvre d'Or (hotel)
What's most popular in Eze
The coat of arms of Eze and the flag of Provence-Maritime Alps-Côte d'Azur
Nearby towns and cities
La Turbie (5 km / 3 mi)
Cap d'Ail (8 km / 5 mi)
Monaco (9 km / 6 mi)
Villefranche-Sur-Mer (9 km / 6 mi)
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (10 km / 6 mi)
La Trinité (11 km / 7 mi)
Nice (12 km / 7 mi)
Menton (17 km / 11 mi)
Antibes (40 km / 25)
San Remo, Italy (45 km / 28 mi)
Both parts of Eze are easily accessed by road, but only coastal Eze has a train stop on the railway line connecting Nice and Monaco. Bus number 100 of the Nice-Monaco line also has a stop at coastal Eze.