Make sure your camera is fully charged for this trip as the photo opportunities are endless here!
Eze. I could not believe such beautiful places still exist. This small ancient village is perched on a rocky hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and coast line of the French Riviera. The town is filled with winding cobblestone streets where no cars or even bikes could manage to maneuver through. You will be taken back in time. The streets are lined with tiny restored buildings that currently host stores, restaurants, and hotels. When you reach the very top, you have the option of purchasing entry to the Jardin Exotique (Cost: approx. 12F). A definite since it not only offers you the experience of seeing a huge variety of cacti, goddess statues lining the winding walkways, but the most spectacular views of the Riviera.
Eze is located between Nice and Monaco. I originally found this place online while looking for points of interest inNice. It is just outside of Nice and I cannot say it was the easiest place to arrive at but definitely a must see (in my opinion).
There are three ways I found so far of getting to Eze.
- You can choose to hike up and down the Nietzsche path from the Bord du Mer station in Eze in blistering heat (unless, of course, it’s not a hot day).
- Take bus #83 from Bord du Mer train station in Eze.
- Or like us, take bus #82 to Eze from Place Garibaldi in Nice right to the foot of the town. QUICK TIPStarting from Nice gives you the option of sightseeing Nice the first half of the day
To warn you, getting to Eze was a nightmare for us. We wasted a lot of time trying to figure out where to purchase the bus tickets at the Nice Ville station, how to get to Place Garibaldi and finding the bus for Eze. Hopefully, I made this easier for you by providing detailed instructions on how to get from Nice Ville station, Nice to Eze via Place Garibaldi.
Once you find your way to the base of the hill, from which your hike through the town will begin, I suggest getting a small lunch in one of the restaurants around the bus stop. Unless of course, your budget is plenty, eating in one of the restaurants in Eze with a view can be a romantic experience no doubt. We dined in the L’Auberge de Cheval Blanc, just behind the bus stop to the left. It was pretty pleasant with some live music. If you are attempting the climb in the middle of August heat, as we did, you will need plenty to drink.
Le Jardin exotique d’Eze
This is a garden of tropical plants on the crest of the hill. I have never seen so many varieties of cacti in my life. So much beauty in one spot. You get unbelievable 360 views of the area, plants galore, and statues of graceful women staring into the distance at the beauty of this coast called the French Riviera. It was hard to stop taking pictures and rightfully so, but don’t forget to take a moment, sit on a bench and just take in the view. It feels like you’re on top of the world, which literally you are.
Quick Summary of Itinerary:
- Arrive by train in Nice at Nice Ville station (Gare de Nice Ville)
- Purchase tickets for bus (located outside the station right across the street on the right on the corner. There may be a long line, but go in and read the windows to see who you should line up for because we didn’t have to stand in the long line in the end.)
- Get to Place Garibaldi
- Sightsee area of Place Garibaldi
- Take bus #82 to Eze (don’t miss it because it doesn’t frequent often).
- Have a quick lunch at the foot of the town right beside the bus stop or choose lunch in Eze.
- Sightsee Eze and climb to very top
- Visit exotic garden