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Èze, A Senior Attraction

Èze, renowned senior tourist site on the French Riviera, is famous worldwide for the view of the sea from its hill top. The Jardin botanique d’Èze is known for its collection of cactus and succulents, as well as its panoramic views.  Walt Disney spent a significant amount of time in Èze and when you see this site, you’ll know why.  I can recall the super view of the Mediterranean Sea from atop a large rocky hill and walking through the gardens when I was only 21 yrs. old.  Things like that stay with you.

Èze Village

It’s Old And Inviting

The oldest building in the village is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix and dates back to 1306. Èze has been described as an “eagle’s nest” because of its location overlooking a high cliff 427 metres (1,401 ft) above sea level on the French Mediterranean.

Try speaking French here and the locals may squint an eye as the local dialect (nearly extinct) is similar to the Monégasque language of the nearby Principality of Monaco, and is related to Ligurian. It is called a Ville Fleurie (flowered city) and France abounds in similar villages throughout the country.

Hotels and B&Bs

Trip Advisor offers senior visitors five hotels and three super B&Bs with reviews written by tourists who have stayed there.  The best known hotel is called the Château de la Chèvre d’Or (Golden Goat)and this site fits the billing. Château de la Chèvre d’Or was elected 4th Best Hotel in the category ‘Overseas Leisure Hotels – Europe, Asia Minor & the Russian Federation’ by Condé Nast Traveller UK Readers 2011. The airport at Nice is 18 km away, which is a 30 minute journey.

Senior Travelers Enjoy the Scenery

Èze stretches out along the coast from Cap Roux to the Cabuel point. Lush tropical vegetation including bananas, dates, carob trees, orange and lemon trees are proof of the year-round warm climate. The beach in the “baie d’Eze” has easy access and is shaded by pine-trees which grow almost down to the water’s edge. Seniors will discover Èze Village to be one of the most picturesque spots in the region. In spite of the crowds, it’s a “must-see” for senior visitors. Once you climb the hill and are inside, you will discover a small Provencal village filled with charm and colorful window boxes, offering a panoramic view of the sea and coast-line.

Medieval Village With Historic Past

The streets of this medieval village have witnessed its historic past. The two look-out towers at the entrance, the door-way and the gun-boat are all classified as historic monuments. At an altitude of 400 m, the summit of the cliff over-looks the sea. In a word…It’s fantastic! Take a walk with YouTube down the narrow streets and take in the view.

Senior travelers to France, I hope that while you are visiting the French Riviera you will take a side trip to Èze.  You will not be disappointed. Incidentally that little accent grave on the first È is quite unusual in the French language.  jeb

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