Saturday, October 3, 2015

Èze a gem of French Riviera!

Eze: Stunning Hilltop Village!
Eze is a medieval stone village in Provence, France. The Eze village forms a circular pattern around the base of the castle, village is about 500 meters over the sea and lies between Monaco and Nice. Called the Eagle's Nest, Eze is one of the most beautiful stone villages of France. The village has only one entrance, part of a 14 century doorway.
The first thing you notice when you enter Eze is that there are rocks everywhere. Eze is a suitable place to slow down a bit, and stroll through the slender streets. Sit at one of the many small cafes or better, if you appreciate art, visit at one of the many art galleries.
Above the houses and cafes, is the White Penitents chapel and bell tower. The village has a few hotels and restaurants, since it is very popular summer tourists destination. Èze was built about 400 years ago, and was the residence of the Swedish Prince William in the past.
Éze a medieval stone village.
Street in Eze.
View from Eze village.
Eze village!
Èze, renowned tourist site on the French Riviera, is famous worldwide for the view of the sea from its hill top. Its Jardin botanique d'Èze is known for its collection of cacti and succulents, as well as its panoramic views. The oldest building in the village is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix and dates back to 1306. The shape of the bell-turret is an indication that the village once belonged to the Republic of Genoa. The small medieval village is famous for its beauty and charm. Its many shops, art galleries, hotels and restaurants attract a large number of tourists and honeymooners. From Èze there are gorgeous views of the Mediterranean Sea. Èze is one of thirteen villages grouped together by the Communauté d'agglomération de Nice-Côte d'Azur tourist department as the Route des Villages Perchés (Route of Perched Villages). The others are: Aspremont, Castagniers, Coaraze, Colomars, Duranus, Falicon, La Gaude, La Roquette, Levens, Saint-Blaise, Saint-Jeannet and Tourrette-Levens.
Jardin botanique d'Èze.
Jardin botanique d'Èze.
Chapelle de la Sainte Croix.
Chapelle de la Sainte Croix.
Looking down on Eze village.
Streets of Eze.
The charm of the village of Eze, France.
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Once you are inside, you will discover a small Provencal village filled with charm and colourful window boxes, offering a panoramic view of the sea and coastline.
Small narrow roads, archways and superbly restored stone houses, shady squares, refreshing ancient fountains... you will soon be seduced by the marvels of Eze. The village is so beautiful, it's hard to believe you have not stumbled onto a movie set!
The numerous small arts and crafts boutiques are hard to resist... some of them are like tiny caves dug out of the rocky hill-side.
Visit the exotic botanic garden, situated in the village, where an impressive collection of cactus, plants and rare vegetation surrounds the remains of an ancient chateau. At an altitude of 400 m, the summit of the cliff over-looks the sea.
Streets of Eze, France.
View from Eze village!
Eze, France.
Eze, France.
Eze, France.
Looking down on Eze village.
Overview of the botanical garden of Eze.
The charm of the village of Eze, France.
Airport at Nice is 18 km away, which is a 30 minute journey. By road take the A8 autoroute, then choose the lower, middle or high coastal road.
Old town of Èze, France.
Sunset at Eze.
Èze, France.
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