Eze Village

Looking from the harbor towards the old town

The village of Eze seen from the Moyenne Corniche

Three corniches (coastal roads) connect Nice to Menton: the Basse Corniche, the Moyenne Corniche, and the Grande Corniche. The lowest one, the Basse Corniche, (the N98) follows the shore of the Mediterranean, passing, among others, the towns of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Eze-sur-Mer, and Monaco. On top, you have the Grande Corniche (the D2564); it climbs to an altitude of 550 meters (1,800 feet) and follows the Roman Via Julia Augusta. The Moyenne Corniche (the N7) runs between the other two altitude-wise. Its main attraction is without a doubt the medieval village of Eze.

The commune of Eze is present on all three corniches: Eze-sur-Mer at the bottom, Eze-le-Col at the top, and Eze_Village on the Moyenne Corniche. The name of the village is derived from the Egyptian goddess Isis in whose honor the Phoenicians once erected a temple here. Eze is easily one of the most famous and popular tourist attractions in the area. Walt Disney spent quite a bit of time here, Friedrich Nietzsche is said to have written at least parts of his Thus Spoke Zarathustra in Eze, and during the 90s, we had a fabulous dinner with friends on the terrace of Le Château d'Eza while Andrew Lloyd Webber and half a dozen guests were celebrating something at the table next to ours. All this to say that Eze is definitely worth a trip!

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Eze is one of the most famous of the Riviera's perched villages The yellowish church can be seen from far away

Eze is one of the most famous of the Riviera's perched villages

The yellowish church can be seen from far away


Ascending the steps to the entrance of the old village On the 'Rue principale' (yes, that's Main Street!)

Ascending the steps to the entrance of the old village

On the Rue principale (yes, that's Main Street!)


Curving roof lines Climbing up to 'Le Planet'

Curving roof lines

Climbing up to Le Planet


Art and roses 'Le Planet'

Art and roses

Le Planet


Water fountain on 'Le Planet' Streetside eatery

Water fountain on Le Planet

Streetside eatery


The square in front of the church Looking up towards the castle ruins

The square in front of the church

Looking up towards the castle ruins


Inside 'Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption' Inside 'Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption'

Inside Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption

Inside Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption


Candles for the Madonna and Child The rock wall behind the church Gift shop

Candles for the Madonna and Child

The rock wall behind the church

Gift shop


Souvenir shop display In several areas, the street runs under the houses

Souvenir shop display

In several areas, the street runs under the houses


The view towards 'Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat' One of many "Earth Goddesses" sculpted by Jean-Philippe Richard

The view towards Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

One of many "Earth Goddesses" sculpted by Jean-Philippe Richard


Looking down from the old castle ruins Eze rooftops

Looking down from the old castle ruins

Eze rooftops


The highest point of Eze Village by the castle ruins Cary Grant and Grace Kelly crossed this bridge in 'To Catch a Thief'

The highest point of Eze Village by the castle ruins

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly crossed this bridge in To Catch a Thief


In the exotic garden In the exotic garden

In the exotic garden

In the exotic garden


The exotic garden towers over the village The terrace of the 'Château d'Eza'

The exotic garden towers over the village

The terrace of the Château d'Eza


Looking towards the 'Moyenne Corniche' Aloe blossoms

Looking towards the Moyenne Corniche

Aloe blossoms


Various cacti Exotic garden detail Back in the village

Various cacti

Exotic garden detail

Back in the village


The bell tower Walking down the 'Rue de la Paix' On the 'Rue du Brec'

The bell tower

Walking down the Rue de la Paix

On the Rue du Brec


In the village Plants grow out of every nook and cranny

In the village

Plants grow out of every nook and cranny


Heading down to the village entrance Leaving through the main gate

Heading down to the village entrance

Leaving through the main gate


The lower gardens and the dolphin fountain Statue evoking the Saracen presence in Eze in 1543

The lower gardens and the dolphin fountain

Statue evoking the Saracen presence in Eze in 1543


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