Perched high above the coastline of the French Riviera is Eze, a medieval walled city, captured in time, and one of the famous Hilltop Perched Villages in Provence. Eze is easily reachable by van from either Villefranche or Beaulieu sur Mer, when cruising along the Cote d’ Azur on a crewed yacht charter.
Often referred to as an “eagle’s nest,” Eze sits approximately 437 meters above sea level overlooking long lengths of the chic coastline far below. As a natural defensive location overlooking the coastline and harbors of Nice and Cannes, the Eze area has been inhabited by various civilizations since 2000 BC. It was in the late 1300’s that the House of Savoy built the fortifications creating the walled city that is the Eze of today. In 1860, the people of Eze voted for the city to become a part of France. Now thought of as a “museum village,” Eze is one of thirteen villages in France grouped together to form the Route des Villages Perches (Route of the Perched Villages).
Eze is a walking village, as all cars are left outside the walled city in a car park at the bottom of the final peak upon which the city was built. Visitors walk up the path to the walled city gates to enter and wander along the cobblestoned alleyways with the multitude of steps that wind up and down the hilltop inside the walls. Today Eze is a bustling little village inside the medieval walls, with twisting alleyways that are filled with little shops, boutiques and restaurants. At one of the highest points inside Eze is the Chevre d’Or hotel and restaurant. The restaurant is well worth stopping in for a meal (reservations a must), as the food is outstanding and the view extraordinary. Hike above Eze to the Jardin Exotique d’Èze for a fabulous view along the French Riviera.
Eze is a true jewel of an example of a medieval walled city known both for the beauty and charm of the cobble stone walking streets and stone buildings and for the great views. Inside what was a working city built for defense are now various shops, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and hotels including a sales outlet of the nearby Fragonard Perfume Factory. It is easy to spend an afternoon inside the walls of Eze exploring and enjoying the outstanding views while on a crewed yacht charter along the French Riviera.
Contact Northrop-Johnson Yacht Charters today for more information!