On the coast between Nice and Monaco on the French Riviera is one of the loveliest places I have ever been: the tiny village of Eze. Situated on the cliff side of that magnificent road The Grand Corniche, medieval Eze is refreshingly vehicle free with narrow cobbled streets that barely fit a donkey or large family, let alone a car.
Archways, stone houses and little squares, tiny arts and crafts shops dotted around and a couple of magnificent hotels where the rich and famous like to marry, make Eze really special. There are a number of cafes to drink or dine with the most amazing view and even the very best hotels will let you in for a hot chocolate in their café. To top it off there’s the lush cactus garden that winds high up the mountainside. I found a small platform with a fountain and loungechairs where I lay in the evening sunshine gazing miles down the coast towards Nice – idyllic.
If you feel the need to actually be in that blue sea, you can walk down a cliff path to the lower village of Eze bord-de-mer (beside the sea). This is the walk Friedrich Nietzsche took daily to stimulate his thoughts and writings. The walk down takes about an hour, back up the hill takes a little longer! Whether you travel to Eze by car or bus (local buses from Nice all along the coast cost only 1 euro and take about half an hour to Eze), you will arrive via a famously spectacular road and spend a truly memorable day perched high above the blue blue sea of the Cote d’Azur.