Eze, situated between Nice and Monaco, is a picturesque medieval village perched on a mountain 1,400 feet above the French Riviera with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean below. The trek up ancient cobblestone streets is well worth the journey, as beautiful gardens and the ruins from a 14th century castle are the reward for those who make it to the top.
Along the way you will find charming shops, recessed like caves into the mountain, that offer tourists the opportunity to select souvenirs ranging from exquisite French silks, linens and tapestry to porcelain produced by local artists. Based on your wants, you may purchase major works of art or local craft items, as suits your budget.
As you wind your way through the village, flowers abound in window boxes and shops as well as in the botanical garden at the summit which you will not want to miss. Late fall proved to be the perfect time to visit as the gardens were lush with blooms and the temperature remained in the high 60's to low 70's throughout our travels in France. Also a pleasant surprise is the fact that cars, bicycles, and other vehicles are not allowed on the cobblestone streets which were built for donkey carts.
The trip to Eze from dazzling Monaco is like turning back a page in time. It's fairy tale setting is in stark contrast with the opulence and grandeur of Monaco and is sure to provide many photo opportunities for historians we well as photo buffs. Be sure to take the high coastal road to maximize your view on the way to Eze, and plan to spend a leisurely afternoon in one of the most beautiful settings on the Mediterranean.