Eze: A Hidden Gem in the South of France
by Katie McCabe | @awelltraveledpair | November 11th, 2016
Eze is a 12th century fortified village, perched high on a hill, overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean ocean. When most people visit the South of France, they visit popular places, like Nice, Monaco, and Cannes. But Eze should not be missed. Located between Nice and Monaco, this old medieval commune boasts winding cobblestone streets, quaint shops, meticulous gardens, and breathtaking ocean views.
A day trip from Nice or Monaco to Eze is very easy via bus or train, and most people only need a few hours to explore this charming village. But if you're looking for more time, there are a handful of stunning hotels where you can stay. The most popular hotel, The Chateau Eza, is a luxury five star hotel with amazing amenities and the best views in all of Eze. Their patio is perfect for a morning cup of coffee during sunrise, an afternoon lunch filled with sunshine and ocean air, or a romantic dinner and glass of champagne while watching the sunset. Their rooms are cozy and their location can't be beat. Whether you're visiting for one hour or one week, Eze is a must see destination in the South of France.
There isn't too much to do here, and that's okay. Eze is a place you visit to relax, unwind, and leisurely explore. A perfect day in Eze is spent strolling through the winding cobblestone streets, popping in to quaint shops and cafes, and dining on fresh seafood with spectacular Mediterranean views. Eze is as dreamy as it gets.
How To Get There
From Nice, you can either take a bus or train to Eze Village. If you're taking the bus, you'll need to get on Bus 82 or 112. (Note: Bus 112 doesn't run on Sundays.) Both buses cost around one euro from Nice to Eze Village. If you want to take the train, you will get off at the 'Eze sur mer' stop, walk to the bus stop behind the station, and take Bus 83 to Eze Village at the top of the hill. You can also hike to the top if you want, it will take you around one hour from the train station.
When to Go
Eze is a great destination to visit year-round, but most people find May through September to be the best time due to the warm temperatures and long days. John and I visited in early May and it was spectacular, albeit a tad crowded. If you don't mind cooler temperatures, October through April can be a nice time to visit because of the lack of tourists.