The journey of getting to Ezè is just a preview of what awaits you in this picturesque little French village.
Imagine; old medieval buildings and cobble stone pathways, moving up the hills in a circular pattern leading to a castle. Along the way are high stone walls, local boutiques of handmade goods, charming little cafes, deserted alleyways dressed with antique lamps and lots and lots of bougainvillea in full pink bloom embracing the walls of the villas. These are the things that I pictured to be straight out of a fairy tale, all while soaking up history of this place.
Once, you have walked your way up to the hill top, you will find a sign that says Jardin Exotique Panaroma, leading you to your final stop to enjoy the exotic garden of Ezè with rare species of Mediterranean flora and a jaw dropping view of Cote d’Aruz for a small fee. This garden is hosted on the ground of the ruined castle which was torn down in the early 1700s. This old village has a ton of souvenir shops, little art galleries and stands selling sweets, herbs and lavender scented goods.
There are two major perfumeries in Ezè; Parfumerie Fragonard with a shop and a factory to watch the making and extraction process and Parfumerie Galimard with just the shop. These perfumeries also let you create your own personalized scents which is pretty incredible, as you can take it back as a genuine souvenir from Ezè-sur-Mer.
A slight let down for me was that the village has somewhat turned into a tourist trap these days with it’s steep prices for everything and not to mention luxury hotels and resorts sitting on the cliffs of the old village complete with a spa and infinity pool; in my opinion obstructing the medieval beauty of this village. There are a plenty of cafés and dinning options but the higher you go, the more expensive they get and decently priced ones are the restaurants at the foot of the village serving away dishes that are just as delicious.
This village is definitely a far cry from all the glitzy French cities on the Riviera and for travelers who need an escape from high rises and super yachts, get some stunning pictures, experience a well preserved French heritage and to spend a romantic day away from all the chaos.