Eze

During our June 2015 trip to the French Riviera, we decided to take a trip to Eze.  After a bit of planning, we found it quite easy to take the train to Eze-sur-Mer, where we then caught the bus to Eze Village.  Eze is perched on a 1500 foot high cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, so the bus winds up the hill with fantastic view of the surrounding area.   The area around Eze has been inhabited for thousands of years, and the Eze Village itself has buildings dating to the 1300s.  I took this panorama from outside the town:

Eze Panorama
Eze Panorama

 

The photo below shows a closer view of Eze Village:

 

Eze
Eze

 

Entering Eze Village, the “streets” are simply narrow paths which are certainly wide enough for a few humans or a horse, but of course no cars can go here.  The streets wind around, with interesting views around every corner:

Eze
Eze
Eze
Eze
Eze
Eze

 

At the very top of Eze Village, there is a garden of exotic cacti and succulents.  This is the highest point around, and the view is fantastic.  It does cost to enter — 6 Euro — but well worth it for the views.

Exotic Gardens, Eze
Exotic Gardens, Eze
Eze Church
Eze Church from the Exotic Garden
View from Exotic Garden, Eze
View from Exotic Garden, Eze

 

View from Exotic Garden, Eze
View from Exotic Garden, Eze

 

After taking in the view, we just spent more time exploring.  I wanted to check out the church, so we took a look at that:

Inside Church, Eze
Inside Church, Eze
Inside of Church, Eze
Inside of Church, Eze

 

When we were done exploring, we stopped and had lunch near the bus stop.  When the bus came, we hopped back on and took it back to the train station, where we then caught a train back to Nice.

Train at Ez Sur Mer
Train at Ez Sur Mer

 

Eze was nice, but very busy with tourists the day we visited.  It appeared that cruise ships were busing passengers up to the Village in large groups, as we saw bus after bus arrive.  It’s a relatively small place, so you certainly notice it when a large number of people are present.  I suspect it has a totally different character at night or off-season.

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