A medieval hamlet overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Eze is a village in south of France, between Nice and Monaco.
With breathtaking views and typical Mediterranean flora, this tourist site of French Riviera was built around the VIII century. It was on a dominating spot above the sea, to protect the population from possible invasions. During the X century, the Moors and Saracens invaded the village. After that, in 1706 the French troops destroyed the village and only in 1860 Eze was part of France.
What to see and do
Travellers can see, at the top of the hamlet, the ruins of a medieval fortress and many traditional houses where craftsmen, artists and grand chefs work. Moreover, next to the fortress, above the Mediterranean Sea, there is an exotic garden, the Jardin exotique d’Èze. It offers an impressive collection of cactus and succulents from the Mediterranean region, Africa, and the Americas.
This small charming village has many shops, art galleries, hotels and restaurants. Moreover it is home of perfume, soap and cosmetics. Tourists can discover the secrets of the cosmetics or perfumes industry, for example, visiting The House of Fragonard or the Maison Galimard, with free guided tours.
In addition, this area is great for outdoor enthusiasts, offering different hiking trails.
Photo credit: © Office municipal de Tourisme d’Eue village, P. Masson