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.