A day trip to Eze Village

Posted by Deborah Fisher on Friday, August 26th, 2016 at 9:39am.

Eze is a mountain side village on the southeast coast in the Provence-Alpes Cote D'azure region of France. With views of the French Riviera that go for miles and botanical gardens flourishing with cacti and succulents unique to the mediterranean climate, it's near impossible not to be overcome with bewilderment and gratitude for this little piece of heaven. 

Eze dates back to 2000 B.C. as a commune. Later on, it was occupied by the Romans and even the Moors who held Eze as their own for 80 years until they were driven out by William of Provence in 973. In 1833, the village fell under the control of the House of Savoy who built up the towns fortification due to its close proximity to Nice. The town was stuck with unrest for several years as it was seized by French and Turkish troops under the instruction of the Ottoman Admiral in 1543. Louis XVI tore down the walls surrounding the city after in 1706 during the war of Spanish Succession. In 1806, Eze was finally designated as a part of France by a unanimous decision from the people of Eze. 

Eze is often called the "eagles nest" as it sits 1,401 feet above the mediterranean sea. On a clear day, one far away from the village can look up and see for miles and may even catch a glimpse of the Notre Dame de l’assumption, an ancient medieval church. Eze is full of charm and wonder with its cobble stone paths and small shops and art galleries that seem to be built into the structure of the rocky mountainside town. Very few people are residents to the town. It has become more of a village-musseé due to its undeniable heavy history. 

From Nice, Eze is the perfect place to go for a day trip or overnight excursion. You can take bus #82 Plateau de la justice or bus #112 Monte Carlo, which both run to Eze. They alternate every hour, so you will be fine finding transportation to and from. 

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