Wanderlust Wednesdays – Exploring Eze South of France

The French Riviera always evokes images loaded with spectacular landscapes, Mediterranean atmospheres, and vertiginous cliffs. Additionally, there is glamor, especially when we add names such as Nice or Monaco. Right between these two towns stands the imposing Eze. An out of the ordinary where views will leave you speechless, and the medieval past will charm you.

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Eze is a little medieval village spectacularly set atop a rocky mountain 1400 feet above the Mediterranean sea between Monaco and Nice.  It is easily accessible by car and also by the local bus, however if you choose to arrive by train, you need to be prepared for a serious hike from Eze Bord de Mer to Eze village. Even Walt Disney surrendered to the beauty of this corner of the Maritime Alps.

rooftop view of Eze village

Let’s explore this French jewel and discover its cobblestone streets, rich culture, local cuisine, and historical landmarks.

The Medieval Streets of Eze: Walking through history

Eze village is a picturesque town located on top of a spectacular cliff from which you can marvel at the Mediterranean Coast. Moreover, in the East, you can enjoy views of Italy, and in the West, you can enjoy the breathtaking Côte d’Azur to Nice and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Also, a highly recommended place is the medieval center and its 14th-century fortified doors. The stunning views from the top and charming walk between the cobble streets will immerse you in history. Additionally, here, 427 meters above sea level, Our Lady of Assumption Chapel can be found. It stands as an imposing watchtower viewable from kilometers away.

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beautiful village of Eze in France

exploring Eze village

village of Eze in France

With the history and its monuments briefly explained, we move on to the architecture and the Eze looks. While going up the stairs of the Eze village, the imposing residences and palaces will look at you from above. Meanwhile, your eyes will be lost in the wooded hills that are perfect for a destination wedding in Eze. The medieval architecture of picturesque houses and courtyards tells an ancient story. Also, the Mediterranean blue will follow you at every corner as you walk by the green hills. Finally, when you reach the top, there is the Chapelle des Pénitents-blancs. It is a minimalistic and beautiful yellow chapel from the 14th century. The entire ambiance of the town screams romance, with the ideal setting for an Eze wedding.

The Exotic Garden of Eze: Discovering the Beauty of the Jardin Exotique

This is one of those places that the more you look at it, the more it amazes you. Once you are at the top of the Eze Village, make sure you visit the Jardin Exotique with it’s arid Mediterranean gardens, caves and water cascades. Not only does it offer a fantastic collection of hundreds of cacti, succulent plants and truly exotic sugared almond plants, it also, in true Eze style, gives you the pleasure of art in the fluid and elegant forms of female statues by Jean Philippe Richard. The gardens close at 19.30 just as the sun sets behind the overlooking mountain.

streets of Eze village

 

Additionally, around the ruins of an old castle, there is an extensive collection of cacti and other succulent plants from all corners of the world. Likewise, to complete this wonderful plant set, a series of sculptures of goddesses adorn this fabulous terrace facing the Mediterranean Sea. Moreover, on days of good visibility, you can see the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and the island of Corsica. It is the perfect place to unwind your love and have a beautiful Eze wedding ceremony.

Art and Culture in Eze: Exploring galleries and artisan workshops

From the beginning, Eze smells like a mixture of perfume and soap. All thanks to the fusing fragrances of the artisan shops scattered around the town. Follow those aromas that permeate everything, and they will lead you to little shops full of color and beautiful details. Here, you will find names like Fragonard. The famous Provençal perfumery, whose factory is located at the entrance of the town, and of course Grasse, the capital of perfume. 

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You will find the local church set at the top of the village. The summer shade of yellow facade of the Eglise Notre-Dame-de-L’Assomption contrasts with the baroque decoration of the nave, while the mellow sunlight floods the square outside of the church at around 7pm and makes even ordinary tourists look romantic and picturesque.

church in Eze France

Many travelers choose to have a destination wedding in Eze just because of the aromas and scents that follow this village. On the other hand, many come to the Côte d’Azur only to learn about the secrets of French perfumes. As they are intimately linked to those of Provencal soaps.

Local Gastronomy: Sampling the local cuisine and regional wines

Feel the savor of the French Riviera and devour the magnificent Eze culinary delights with dishes of products that grow under the Mediterranean sun. The seafood here is always fresh and exquisite. The famous bouillabaisse is a must-try dish of the Côte d’Azur will certainly be. It is a fish stew with potatoes and spices accompanied by Provencal rouille mayonnaise and pieces of bread. 

restaurants in Eze France

For those looking for refreshment during the hot summer days on the Mediterranean Coast, try one of the best Eze culinary delights, La Salade niçoise. It is a regional vegetable salad of the city of Nice: tomatoes, peppers, onion, cucumber, celery, eggs, tuna, and olive oil. Another of the specialties with vegetables coming from Nice is the mouthwatering ratatouille. It is prepared with peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplants, garlic, and olive oil.

And if you are sugar-craving, try the tropézienne cake made of a delicious brioche and pastry cream. Also, this village is a true heaven for the Eze wedding ceremony for wine lovers. The wines’ diversity and delightfulness here are immense, thanks to the excellent climate, soil, and different altitudes. Therefore, for all of you who love good food and wine and have a French marriage on your mind, an Eze wedding will exceed your expectations.

If you are after something really quite special in terms of food and stay, you can’t help but be impressed with what Chateau Eza and Chateau de la Chevre D’Or have to offer.

Chatea Eza Hotel

Both are luxury hotels, both offer opportunities to stay, dine and even to get married. If you would have to choose between the two, I would say that Chateau Eza looks a little more like the hill-top castle one could imagine, whereas Chateau de la Chevre D’Or has particularly impressive gardens in addition to the spectacular views which both places offer.

 

Chateau de la Chevre d'Or

Another great value place for lunch is Deli’ – Salad Bar & Olive Oil Shop. Mind you, it’s only open in the warm months, which are March to January.

Where to eat

You really can’t have a bad meal served in France…

However, we particularly recommend:

for Pizza amongst other things – La Taverne d’Antan
6, rue Plane , 04 92 10 79 61

for artisan fish and meat dishes – Le Nid d’Aigle
1, rue du Chateau (right by the entrance to the Jardin Exotique) 04 93 41 19 08

for Michelin star dining experience – Chateau Eza (pre-booking highly recommended)
04 93 41 12 24  [email protected]

Nearby Attractions: Day trips and nearby places to visit

Eze is the ideal location for everyone who enjoys romantic getaways in towns like Nice, Cannes, Monaco, or Monte Carlo. Extend your stay after your Eze wedding and spend your honeymoon in the above-mentioned paradise.

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view from restaurant on French Riviera

This South France gem will surely not leave you indifferent with its tranquility, authenticity, natural beauty, and historic charm. Eze somehow manages to encapsulate the essence of the French Riviera, making you fall in love with it at first sight. Additionally, its most privileged panoramic views will instantly persuade you to have an Eze wedding. The village, where aromas intoxify, beauty enchants, and sights hypnotize.

vintage road sign in Eze France

French houses

Before you leave Eze Village, take a moment to stop at the Fragonard Parfumerie. If you have more than just a minute, you can take a free guided tour of the factory and see for yourself how the essence of Provence is transformed from the local flowers into intoxicating fragrances. I can’t possibly imagine anyone can leave the parfumerie without at least one gorgeously presented little package to remind you of the romance, love and pleasure which this region offers!

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If Eze already stole your heart, see our recommended venues for your dreamy French wedding. Also, you can continue reading our blog and posts for more information.

Guide to Exploring Eze

Where to stay

Chateau Eza www.chateaueza.com
04 93 41 12 24

Chateau Chevre d’Or  www.chevredor.com
04 92 10 66 66

Eze Hermitage www.ezehermitage.com
04 93 41 00 68

A Votre Eze – www.avotreeze.fr
04 93 53 50 03

La Masa B&B (Chambre d’Hotes) [email protected]
06 4024 42 85/ 04 9708 32 23

Additional Information

Eze Village Tourist Office (right by the car park)
04 93 41 26 00
Open on Sundays during hight season and during school holidays.

City Hall
Avenue du Jardin Exotique, 06360 Eze
www.ville-eze.fr

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