Eze is easily the most dramatic of the medieval hilltop towns. Perched a dizzying 1400 feet above the Mediterranean between Cap d'Ail and Cap Ferrat, Eze looks precariously balanced on its rocky eagle's nest. The town is actually split into two very separate parts: Eze Village and Eze-Sur-Mer. Eze Village is the higher part, whereas Eze-Sur-Mer is down on the coast. If you want to head to the beach then you can take a direct train from Nice to Eze-Sur-Mer; to get to Eze Village you can either get a bus from Nice, take one of the (infrequent) bus No. 83 services from Eze sur Mer, or hike up (about 1 strenuous hour) from the train station.
The small village of Eze is bursting at the seams with restaurants; for the mid-range budget the Nid d'Aigle is perched right at the top and is popular for its amazing views. The two 5-star hotels, the Chèvre d’Or and Chateau Eza, both have Michelin star restaurants with spectacular views (and prices).You won't go far wrong just by wandering round and seeing where takes your fancy; the restaurants here serve great local specialities made from fresh produce. Eze-Sur-Mer has less to choose from but there is real quality here too: there is the one Michelin star La Table De Patrick Raingeard at Hotel Estel, or try the two excellent beach clubs right on the water: the colourful and eclectic Anjuna or the cool blue and white theme of Papaya.
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Eze Village is one of the most visited towns on the Riviera and is a tourist attraction in itself. There's also the famed Exotic Gardens by the ruined castle- where you can grab the best view of the cliffs and coast among the ornamental pools, statues and crazy cacti. The Fragonard perfume factory is also open to visitors- although it can get a bit crowded when the groups come through.
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You can easily lose track of time in Eze Village; there are countless gift shops, art galleries, boutiques, delicatessens and more to poke about in. Eze is also the starting point for a number of fantastic hikes, such as the climb up to Mont Bastide or the traverse across to Beaulieu-Sur-Mer. There is also a hiking path that links Eze Village and Eze-Sur-Mer, so you can work up a sweat before cooling off in the sea. The path is referred to as Nietzsche's Trail, because the German philosopher walked it each day when he lived in Eze. Be aware that this is a very steep trail: strenuous and hot going up but also surprisingly tough on the joints going down. You need to be relatively fit- take water and shoes with some grip.
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Eze has only one beach but it’s a lovely one in a calm bay which is great for swimming. The beach itself is a long thin ribbon of fine pebbles that curve around the bay, meaning that you're never a long way from the water - good for keeping an eye on children. There is a watersports club that offers kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving and sailing. Be aware that you can't jetski here as it's considered too noisy. The two restaurants serve fresh seafood and local dishes as well as offering sunloungers and parasols for hire. Have a look at our beaches guide to find out more about beaches in Eze and the surrounding area.
Also see: Beaches in Nice, France
There is no golf club in Eze but it's only a 20 minute drive to the Monte-Carlo Golf Club, which isn't actually in Monte-Carlo at all but in La Turbie! As well as stunning views it boasts an 18 hole course, driving range, pro shop and restaurant. There are plenty of golf clubs in the area, if you want to explore a few of them then visit our Golf page for more information
Eze-Sur-Mer has a couple of nice café bars (try La Bananeraie for fresh smoothies) but nowhere that's particularly lively; Eze Village has more choice of places where you can enjoy a drink but it's a rather quiet town so don't be expecting much in the way of nightclubs or busy cocktail bars. The hotels may have the occasional evening soirée with live music but it'll be a sedate sophisticated affair rather than late night disco dancing - you'll have to head into either Nice or Monaco for that sort of action.
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