Established in 1926, Fragonard is one of France's leaders in the perfume industry. Although headquartered in Grasse, Fragonard has a factory and a large shop in Èze Village as well, the only post outside of Grasse and Paris. The factory in Èze is open to the public through frequent, multi-lingual, tours. The shop sells many perfumes, candles and other scented products that make excellent gifts to bring back home.
Although not of significant architectural value, la Porte des Maures ("Gateway of the Moors" in English) was nevertheless turned into a monument by the village of Èze. It commemorates the Moorish invasion of 900 AD and occupation. It is said that the Moors entered Èze from this gate and established a fortress linked to their other fortress near Saint-Tropez. The town was liberated 60 years later.
Completed in 1778, l'église Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption replaced an older ruined church. Its Italian architect Antonio Spinelli designed its exterior in a Neoclassical style, complete with Cornithian columns, while the interior is beautiful Baroque. The salmon coloured church and its square bell tower dominate the hill of Èze.
When you're finished walking around the village, leave some extra time so you can hike down the Nieztche Path. It'll take you from Eze Village to Eze Sea Side. It'll take you about an hour to reach the bottom and it's an easy path to follow. Once you reach the main road you'll see a bus stop that'll take you back to Villefranche or other places. We enjoyed this more than Eze Village itself because there were no crowds and the views from the path are picture perfect.
They got through here!
The sign tells that in the year 900 the Moors got up and into Eze through this gateway - in a surprise attack, taking over the fortified village and then living here for 70 years before being overthrown by William I of Provence.
Offspring of departed Beatle John and first wife Cynthia, Julian Lennon has a villa some hundred yards fom Bono. Bounded by citrus trees, with pool rather than the Mediterranean - which is Bono's pool. When not partying at Eze or nearby Monaco he spends time in his other villa at Campione d'Italia
Picture (c) Le Point edition 31st July 2008, "Maison de Stars" . (Ever since the paparazzi discovered helicopters, all the homes of the rich and famous have now been well documented from the air). note: photo for educational non-commercial use only.
As you enter Eze Village high above the coastline you will cross a high ravine using the impressive Eze Viaduct. The Viaduct was built between 1911 and 1914 and allowed the completion of the inner coastal road or 'Moyenne Corniche'. The Viaduct spans 80 metres over the massive Gaffinel Ravine.
There is a local legend surrounding the construction of the Viaduct. According to the legend, a local peasant made a deal with the devil to build a bridge over the ravine and in exchange the devil would get the soul of the first creature to cross the bridge.
The peasant was tormented by the tought of being responsible for someone losing their soul and had a sleepless night. The next morning, the peasant went to the ravine with his dog and saw the mighty bridge had been constructed overnight. On the far side of the bridge the devil waited to claim the soul of the first creature to cross. Thinking quickly the peasant picked up a stick and threw it across the bridge after which his dog ran to reclaim it. Being the first creature to cross the bridge the dog loses its soul but the devil is enraged that he has being tricked out of a human soul by the peasant but there is nothing he can do about it!!!
The Chateau de la Chervre d'Or is named after the legendry golden goat which features in many of the regions legends and stories. The chateau which were originally just a few dwellings is now a luxury hotel. Previously the chateau had been home to the American violinist, Balakovic. Many famous people, including Walt Disney and Prince Ranier III of Monaco have stayed there in the past.
The views from the village of Eze are worth the trip alone! There are numerous vantage points from in and around the village where you can enjoy stunning views up and down the Cote d'Azur. The best views are to be had from the summit of the hill, from the Jardin Exotique and Castle Ruins but to enjoy these views you must pay a rather hefty €5 entrance fee.
People arriving by bus will cross the viaduct to the foot of the hill on which the walled village is built. Resist the temptation to head straight into the village but rather walk back along the viaduct to take in the view from the far side looking up at the village and fortress along with views out to sea and across the viaduct.
The eatern side of the village also gives great views towards Monaco and down towards the newer town of Eze 450 metres below the medieval village of Eze. Immediately upon entering the village through the main gate, you find yourself in a small courtyard. Take in the views from the wall out over the private gardens of one of the Eze Hotels and down the hillside towards the sea.
If your up to it the 40 - 45 minute hike down the hill to the town of EZe offers more great views up and down the coast and out to sea.
Eze Village is also home to a unique and rare collection of an exotic plant collection. The collection mainly comprises of rare and very old cacti. There is a massive variety of species of cacti in all shapes, sizes and colours.
Entry into the garden is a rather pricey €5 but if not interested in the content of the garden, or the variety of antique statues, the €5 still gives you access to the best vantage points in the village for views up and down the coast of the Riviera. Simply stunning, especially on a clear day. You can see as far as Cannes and even St. Tropez.
At the crest of the hill at the top of Eze village are the remains of Eze Fortress. THere is not much left of the fortress but is still worth the short walk to the top if just for the stunning views up and down the Riviera. The fortress itself was never a particularly important residence but a defensive fortress which was not so much destroyed but rather dismantled on the orders of Louis XIV in 1706.
You must pay an entry fee of €5 for entry into the Jardin Exotique in which the ruins are located.
One of the most striking pieces of architecture in the village of Eze is The distinctive yellow church. Notre Dame de l'Assumption was built between 1764 and 1778 to replace an older church built in the 14th century and was designed by Antonio Spinelli and was funded by Duke Charles Emmanuel III of Savoie. THe bell tower with its distinctive blue clock was originally built in the 14th century but was damaged considerable by lightning. In the 18th century the facade was decorated with a painting of Our Lady of the Assumption and the patron saint and coat of arms of Sardinia, due to the fact that the Duke of Savaoie was also King of Sardinia.
Immaculately landscaped, the gardens of the Château de la Chèvre d'Or are donned with spectacular vistas of the hills diving into the Mediterranean Sea. The multi-levelled gardens run along the contours of the hill of Èze to the Relais et Châteaux hotel. A walk through the garden is a must when visiting the hilltop village.
Part of the Èze community, but 400 metres lower than Èze Village, Èze-sur-Mer is located by the waters of the Mediterranean. Although inhabited since ancient times, the area was reborn in the late 19th century as it became known as a seaside resort, along with the rest of the coast. Many Belle Époque villas were built as more and more seasonal visitors arrived, first as a winter destination, then as a summer beach resort. Èze Village has superb views over its seaside sister and the two are linked by a picturesque hiking trail called "le sentier de Nietzsche."
In 1950, the mayor of Èze at the time decided to turn the hilltop castle and its surroundings into a park to attract visitors. He employed Jean Gastaud, the creator of the famous Jardin Exotique de Monaco, for the project. It is from the park that the Èze castle is accessed. The views over the coast from here are exceptional.