The Little-known Wonders of Èze
Ezé is a town between Nice and Monaco. One can conveniently reach it from either city. Since Nice has the airport, many tourists choose it to be their starting point within French Riviera or Côte d’Azur. It takes 15 minutes from the city center to start discovering the little-known wonders of Èze.
A Preserved Medieval Beauty
The mountain-top village dates back to the medieval years. Its structures and towns testify to it. Its historic air makes it desirable for tourists.
The ruins of a 12th-century fortified castle crown an ancient fortified village. From afar, it looks like an eagle’s nest on top of a narrow peak facing the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors will walk in the uneven stone streets with narrow passages and low archways. It preserved the cobblestone ways with red-brick centered stone. The town church retained its look for several centuries with its pews and worn-out paint peeling. The pastel-like ochre-color village in contrast with the greeneries around adds to the ancient feel.
The Place and the People
The commune is located on the French Riviera. It extends to the Mediterranean. Èze is within the Alpes-Maritimes département of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’ Azur region. Saint-Laurent-d’Èze connects these villages. Many regards Èze as the beginning of the Monaco border. It runs up to the Mediterranean coast to Menton on Italy’s border.
The local citizens are the Èzasques. It has a population of 2, 446. The village’s motto is Isis Moriendo Renascor (meaning “In death I am reborn”). Its emblem is a phoenix with bone as its perch. The local dialect is akin to the Monegasque language of Monaco, with some influence of Occitan and Ligurian.
Sights to See
Locals call Èze as village-museé or the ‘museum village’. They also name it village d’art et de gastronomie. Its medieval touch blends well with shops, art galleries, hotels, and restaurants. It attracts a large number of tourists and honeymooners.
Èze Village: It is a pretty medieval village with steep narrow streets. People with difficulty in movements will find it hard to reach the village. It has a small hidden archway as its entrance from Place du Centenaire. The Place is a small square to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the plebiscite in 1860. It has a stone plaque among the flower bed. It reminds the people of the vote to join France.
Èze-sur-Mer: It is a seaside town in contrast with the village. It has beaches, water sports, cafes, restaurants, and hotels. It also has a train station. One of its famous residents is none other than U2’s Bono.
Places to Visit
Le Chemin de Nietzsche: It got its name from the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It means “Nietzsche’s footpaths”. This narrow path is where he walked to contemplate.
Jardin Exotique: It has a collection of cacti, succulent plants, and terracotta sculptures. It gives a panoramic view because of its location. It sits on the top of the village.
Église Notre-dame de l’Assomption: It is the church of Baroque architecture. It has a two-level square clock tower. The color is neoclassical in ochre. It was built in 1765. An ancient Egyptian cross somewhat shows the roots of the town from the Phocaean Greeks. They erected a temple on the village dedicated to Isis. Isis is a goddess of life and eternity, where the village got its name. It has 18 suns as decorations that mean holy presence.
Perfumeries: Gallimard’s shop and Fragonard’s shop and factory are two Grasse perfumeries tourists can visit. Grasse is the perfumes capital of the world. The two perfumeries offer discounts to tourists with the Èze map. One can get the map free at the corner of the parking lot.
How to Travel
By Air: Take a flight to the Nice airport which is only 15 minutes away from Èze via bus or car.
By Bus: Take buses #112 and #82 from Nice. Only #82 runs on holidays and Sundays.
By Car: The main road to reach it is the Moyenne Corniche (one of the three roads) between Nice and Monaco.
This village perché of Èze has little-known wonders waiting for the tourists to discover them. Enjoy the mix of medieval and modern tourist attraction in this wonderful place.
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Please Visit Èze’s Tourism Portal.