One of the places not to be missed when you are staying at the Les Pinèdes campsite is the village of Eze. You can stop off there on the way to Monaco or on the way back. This medieval village is located between Nice and Monaco, and looks down on the Mediterranean from an altitude of over 400 metres.
Eze village and the exotic garden
Eze is a wonderful village, looking down like an eagle's nest on the Saint Jean Cap Ferrat peninsula. It boasts some remarkably well conserved medieval architecture. The only entrance to the village is through the Postern, a fortified double gate dating from the 14th century. The streets lined with vaulted houses and a great many artists' and craftsmen's boutiques give the village a special atmosphere marked by authenticity and tradition. At the top of the village is the famous exotic garden with rare plants, laid out in the ruins of the medieval fortress.
To go there from Nice, you take the Moyenne Corniche road linking Nice, Èze, Cap-D’Ail, Beausoleil and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.
Parc de la Grande Corniche
Eze also has an incredible park covering over 600 hectares with a panoramic view over the Mediterranean, from Italy to the Esterel mountains in the south and over the Prealps and the summits of the Mercantour to the north. In fine weather, you might even catch a glimpse of Corsica on the horizon across the Mediterranean Sea. The park extends across several communes in the Alpes Maritimes region: Èze, La Trinité, Villefranche-sur-Mer and La Turbie.
The park is the ideal place for a walk with three themed footpaths (botany, history and geology). There is also an orientation table at the top of a little reconstructed Genoese tower and a 1.4 km fitness trail with 17 pieces of gym equipment.
Picnic tables have been set up all over the site, so that visitors can have lunch in peace and quiet, while enjoying the landscape.
At the seaside
Eze stretches along the sea from Cap Estel to the St Laurent creek. On this part of the coast, there are still unspoilt beaches in the shade of the nearby pine forest.
From the seaside you can go to the village of Eze on foot along the Sentier Friedrich-Nietzsche, named after the philosopher who is thought to have written his last works under the pine and olive trees nearby.