Eze village, Côte d’Azur.
Now French territory, the diminuitive Eze peak has been occupied by Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Italians, Turks and Monaco over the centuries, though the oldest building currently standing is a mere 700 years old, the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix.
Eze is tiny and beautiful but so overwhelmed by tourists that it doesn’t really function as a true residential space, more as a ‘museum village’. Nevertheless it’s a gorgeous place and makes an excellent day trip from Nice, along with Monaco and/or Menton.
In season go early or late to avoid the packaged hordes, there’s no entry gate or fee apart from access to the exotic garden.
Le Jardin Exotique hosts a huge collection of cacti and succulents above Eze village and below the topmost castle fragments. But the view is the best bit.
Superb terraced gardens along with giraffe statues belonging to Château de la Chevre d’Or.
Probably the most economic way of having a great gastronomic experience on the Cote d’Azur without breaking the bank is to have a set lunch – and to be very careful with extras.
For instance, the sublime and famous Chevre d’Or in Eze, about 15 minutes from Nice along the spectacular Moyenne Corniche towards Monaco, offers a sensational three course lunch on the terrace with a stunning view and excellent service for euros 59 – though wine, water and coffee could easily double the bill.
By comparison the tasting menu could set you back euros 130 and a la carte could cost around euros 220.
The medieval (14thC) posterne into Eze village. #10 on the map.