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Moyenne Corniche between Nice and Eze Village

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Moyenne Corniche between Nice and Eze Village

My husband and I will be staying in Nice in early June and would very much like to visit Eze Village. We will have a car and would expect to drive there, however I am apprehensive about the visit given the following concern. While I understand the views can be wonderful, I am *absolutely terrified* of driving on high cliffside roads with hairpin turns. As much as I'd love the beautiful views, I simply cannot do it. My initial plan was to see Eze in the afternoon, have dinner there and then continue on to Monte Carlo for the Casino afterwards, however, I've since gotten a glimpse of the Eze Viaduct and realized there's not a chance I can do that. My question is, if we forget about Monaco and go solely to Eze, what is the section of road like between Nice and Eze Village? It's not heights per se that are the problem (I've done Ravello with no problem) so I think I would enjoy the view once inside of the village. My issue is the narrow road close to the cliff edge, low or no guard rails and hairpin turns. I'd also like to confirm that the Viaduct is on the section towards Monaco and not Nice (or is it on both sides?) If we skip Eze entirely, can we take the A8 to Monaco and avoid the corniches altogether? Thanks!

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1. Re: Moyenne Corniche between Nice and Eze Village

I didn't find the Moyenne Corniche scary, and I am very nervous about heights and hairpin turns. It's the Haute Corniche that can be terrifying.

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When we first moved here, i used to find myself cowering whenever i was in a car because of the combination of heights and no guard rails or narrow gorges . [this is one of the reasons why i don't drive]

Buses and trains are a lot easier , I find, as you can sit on the side with limited view

The moyenne corniche used to have my knuckles white if i was in a car -one of many similar roads in the area that had that effect.

However over the years, I have become much more used to looking at view from a bus and can even enjoy the view in familiar routes but I am still not a good passenger in a car over the same roads. Cars seem so vulnerable

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Thanks Selkie! I too enjoy traveling by train, although for me buses don't completely alleviate the fears I would feel in a car, as they are still traveling on the same roads. I'm really on the fence about this one. I hate to give in to my fears and I would love to see Eze, on the other hand, we are already seeing a lot (St. Tropez, Cannes, Mougins, Antibes, St. Paul de Vence, Nice, Villefranche and Monte Carlo). Last year we visited the Amalfi Coast and I was so terrified about the roads, that I really couldn't enjoy our trip up to Ravello, as I was so worried about coming back down. We did have a driver take us into Positano, and even though I was in the back on the interior side with a professional driver, I was utterly terrified. Fortunately, apart from Ravello, we were able to do everything else by boat. In this case, I'm just not sure. Ravello was only 4 minutes up from Amalfi. Do you know which side of Eze that Viaduct is on? I suppose we could consider the bus and not stay for dinner. I was originally thinking late afternoon arrival - an hour or two to shop and walk around, drinks at Chevre D'Or and then we have a dinner reservation at Chateau Eza. If we forget about continuing on to Monte Carlo, at least the ride back is on the interior side of the road, as it would be dark after dinner.

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So here's another thought. Instead of Eze, perhaps we can have a special dinner somewhere down on the water and then continue on to Monte Carlo on the coastal road. If we had dinner in Cap Ferrat and then took the lower corniche into Monte Carlo, would that road be easier (less scary) to navigate? Also, as we're going in early June, how is the traffic likely to be on that road? This would be a Sunday. Finally, if we spent the afternoon first in Villefranche before driving on to Cap Ferrat, would the shops and things be open on a Sunday? My thought is dinner at the Grand Hotel, but I'm open to other suggestions on the water, really anywhere between Villefranche and Monte Carlo. Thanks again for your input!

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5. Re: Moyenne Corniche between Nice and Eze Village

There are no hairpins on either the Moyenne or Haute Corniches. Both are well graded roads of adequate width with wonderful views. There are many, many hairpins on the roads from Beaulieu and Eze Bord de Mer up to the Corniches but driving from Nice or Monaco is perfectly straight forward. I occasionally achieve 60 MPH descending towards Nice from the Haute Cornicheon my bicycle, which is a little scary!

There are very few shops indeed in Villefranche or St Jean and, France being a civilised country, almost all that do exist are closed on Sunday.

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The OP has a problem with a lack of guard rails, steep drop offs and the viaduct not just tight bends.

Ankle to shin height walls with steep drop and bends [though not always hairpin bends] are incredibly common here - as well as narrow gorges and actual hairprin bends [with or without big drops].

The effect is accentuated in a car because they are so low to the ground and swing around

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I don't mind driving any of the corniches. I don't think they are scary but you have to be aware locals are sometimes upset (and therefore honk & drive very close to your car's end) if they feel you don't drive fast enough. It isn't really bad and shoudn't stress you out but i as witness that comportment quite often i thought it was worth forewarning you ;-)

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Thank you all for your input. I do think Selkie most understands my concerns. It may be an irrational fear, but it's one I can accept that I have. If everything is closed on Sundays, I suppose there's no point going *anywhere* that day. May as well stay in Nice at the beach and just go to Monte Carlo after dinner.

Interestingly, I guess Paris is not part of the civilized country of France... ;-)

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Shops may be open on sundays in summer .

there was a lot of lobbying for sunday opening a few years back, and once the right was won, many shops used it to open on sundays from about june to beginning of september and end of november to new year

very few open on sundays all year round.

However , sunday morning is the best market day- eg Liberation and a day when a lot of locals have picnics

Edited: 11:12 am, May 25, 2013
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Further... I seem to be reading elsewhere that there is a brocante market in Villefranche on Sundays. That would be perfect (perhaps in conjunction with brunch on the water). Is this not correct information?