An Ézential addition to any French Riviera yacht itinerary
Far below the medieval village of Éze lies a stunning bay with glorious turquoise waters that shimmer in the sun. She is undoubtedly the cherry atop of any French Riviera yacht itinerary. From this idyllic anchorage, take a moment to gaze upwards from the luxury of your yacht. The rustic stone buildings are visible far beyond the tumbling rows of luxurious villas and dramatic cliff faces that define the landscape. The ancient village is accessible by bus or car, however a popular and assuredly more rewarding route lies hidden on the hillside. Follow in the footsteps of Nietzsche on a truly inspiring hiking trail that snakes it’s way up to the eagles nest. With crumbling stone stairways and mystical tunnels formed by charismatic overhanging trees, this 45 minute trek is truly astounding, but not for the faint hearted. Bring water and some snacks, and don’t tackle the slope with heels, as loose rocks and steep ravines will keep you on your toes. Your summit will see you satisfactorily out-of-breath and deep in existential thought, spurred on by extracts of Nietzsche’s work that line the walkway, however stunning views and valuable moments of solitude offer generous reward.
An Exotic Inclusion to Your French Riviera Yacht Itinerary
Having conquered the trail and reflected on the complex thoughts of your philosophical predecessor (or parked you car/left your private driver), you are now free to delight in the shaded streets that form the veins of this enchanting village. Lulled by the soothing echo of shoes on cobbled streets and the sweet smell of fresh cuisines so enticingly contained by the intimate spaces, slowly make your way up to the exotic gardens, majestically located at the very peak of the hill. With just a €4 entry charge, this immaculately maintained garden is a must, offering unrivaled views of the region stretching all the way to Cannes, along with a diverse array of exotic flora. Also showcased in the garden are the elegant works of artist Jean-Phillipe Richard, that add to the surreal ambiance of this location. Note the spectacular yachts dancing in the glistening bay far below.
Magical Mediterranean Cuisine
Having captured the perfect French Riviera photo from the pinnacle of the exotic garden, relish in the abundance of art galleries and charming boutiques that line the ambient streets. Exotic flowers aren’t contained to the garden, with vibrant pink bougainvillea seductively creeping along the archaic stonewalls of the village. Sublimely located in the village is la Chevre d’Or, the five star luxury hotel once known as the Prince of Sweden’s Castle. Also exhibiting a Michelin star restaurant, this is the ideal location for savoring some famous Mediterranean gastronomy, or sampling a vintage wine in the sun. If you fancy a slightly more low-key eatery, explore the backstreets of the village, with numerous delectable crêperies and bars on offer. Alternatively, venture back down the hillside to devour some of the Riviera’s most delectable sea food, served in the delightfully fun environment of Ajuna Plage. Paloma is also a popular addition to many a French Riviera yacht itinerary. A day in Éze is a rewarding experience and a must on any French Riviera yacht itinerary. With an idyllic anchorage, picturesque streets, panoramic views and renowned restaurants and bars, add Éze to your French Riviera yacht itinerary and never look back.