We started our tour of Monte Carlo in Monaco, and Visiting the Medieval Village of Eze in France, by driving along the scenic roads of the Moyenne Corniche. From here we had magnificent views over Villefranche -sur-mer and the peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, where many rich and famous people choose to live, as does Bill Gates. We visited Eze while we were on a Mediterranean cruise.
Getting to The Medieval Village of Eze in France
A corniche is, in effect, a cliff road and there are three of these on the French Riviera, that cling quite precariously to the very steep cliffs. It takes a skilled, or reckless driver to negotiate many of the turns on these corniche roads, and from what we experienced with our tour guide, reckless is the only way to drive. In saying that, she was able to tell us a lot about both Eze and Monte Carlo while negotiating hairpin bends. We booked this tour through TripAdvisor.
Where is The Medieval Village of Eze in France
Eze is located between Nice and Monaco and is easily reached from either city. It is 18 minutes from Monaco, and 25 minutes from Nice, which has an international airport. There are some lovely hotels in Eze, and you can check here for the latest prices.
Visiting the Medieval Village of Eze in France
The Medieval Village of Eze in France is perched on a rock 1,400 feet above sea level. The village surrounds the ruins of a 12th-century castle. The Medieval Village of Eze has been shaped by the Romans, Moors and the House of Savoy. The village was built on top of the rocky outcrop for security reasons, and its stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea; but in earlier days it was a strategic location for detecting the ever problematic pirates who raided the country time and time again. The walls which were erected in the twelfth century were dismantled in 1706 by order of Louis XIV.
What to do in The Medieval Village of Eze in France
We wandered through the labyrinth of cobblestoned streets, lined with bougainvillea-wrapped houses, and with views down the steep hillside to the Mediterranean.The narrow, sloping streets and archways open out into hidden squares, fountains and quiet courtyards. There are, as is to be expected with such a quaint and attractive Medieval village, many tourist shops, and nearly as many artisan shops, as this is the village of artists.
The region is famous for the many flowers that grow there, and there are a number of perfumeries to be explored, including the famous Fragonard perfume factory. Also, Jardin Exotique, the Exotic Garden costs 6 euro to explore the Mediterranean cacti, citrus trees, and tropical plants and to view the French Riveria coast, with views to Monaco and Monte Carlo.
Where to Stay in the village of Eze
There are some cute hotels in Eze:
Visiting The Medieval Village of Eze in France is a very worthwhile experience, for the sheer beauty of this French village.
Trip Advisor have some amazing and varied tours of Eze, Monte Carlo and Nice – check out the recommendations here.