If it wasn’t for my mother’s keen interest in Pinterest we might never have found the ancient fortified village of Eze on the Cote d’Azur. Whilst researching destinations for her South of France road-trip with my father, she stumbled across an image of a cute, cobblestoned village and decided it looked like an ideal spot to spend the night away from the crazy that is Nice.
Some 427 metres above sea level, the village is home to the ruins of a 12th-century fortified castle, a Michelin starred restaurant, art studios, parfumeries and the Jardin Exotique. We stopped by the village on the evening we arrived but the wet weather and lack of drinking establishments put us off exploring too much. The following morning brought drier conditions so we bid farewell to my folks and set about exploring the village’s narrow, circular patterned streets. For a chilly day in late February, I was surprised by just how busy those streets were and can’t begin to imagine how crowded they might be in the height of summer.
At the very top of the village sits the semi-tropical Jardin Exotique d’Èze. The gardens are a curious collection of cacti and succulents, but to be honest you’re not there to look at the plants, you’re there for the view. Which on a sunny day offers superb views across the village rooftops and the coast. Well worth the 6 euro entry fee.
Here are some of our favourite pictures from Eze and the Exotic Gardens atop the village.
Postcards from Eze
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