Nietzsche Path, Eze Village, near Nice / Monaco, France

Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
View from the Nietzsche Path looking over Eze-sur-mer on the way down from  Eze Village, France. You can see Cap Ferat in the distance and the bay of Villefranche where many Cruise Ships dock


The Nietzsche Path & Eze Village

Whilst on a long weekend in Nice, France, that was, er, very nice! There were a few places I wanted to visit and things I wanted to do. A little trip to the ancient Eze Village and walking the Nietzsche path was one of those must do activities for someone like me. I tried to find out as much as possible on the internet about planning this little trip - and didn't find any particular great resource where it had everything in one place - so I thought I would share some info to make it easier for others to plan a trip!

Nietzsche Path Trail Hike, Map, Route, Eze Village, near Nice / Monaco, France
Here you can see where Eze Village is and the Nietzsche Path route is shown in yellow over a satellite map to show the kind of terrain that the trail covers. The distance is around 5km, and a sign at the bottom of the path at sea level lets you know that this can take around 1hr 30mins to complete up hill. Be warned it is quite steep, and can be quite tough in the baking heat of the middle of summer - so take water and suncream. The path is clearly marked and is often a gravel path or bare rock. It's pretty safe, so can be done with children whoa re up to the challenge and it can be walked in sturdy trainers - I would strongly advise against flip-flops! On the occasion I done it - I actually went from top to bottom - maybe it was cheating :-) but it was much easier and more enjoyable as it was July with temps of +35c.

I passed a few people on the way up with red faces who where sweating buckets and asking if Eze was close when they weren't even half way. I hear people often get caught out when visiting Eze Village - and think they can just get off the train at Eze station and walk to Eze Village as the distance doesn't seem long as the crow flies - but it's a climb of over 1000ft! So be warned. If you are not prepared for that hike - then plan your trip to Eze Village well. The easiest way is to arrive at Eze Village via the Moyenne Corniche road - which passes right by Eze Village at the same elevation. If you don't have a car - then there is a bus that travels between Nice & Monaco - with a stop just near Eze Village. On my visit I got the number 112 Bus from Nice (to Monaco) - which took 30 mins to get to Eze Vilage and cost €2. After a stroll round Eze Village - I walked the Nietzsche Path down to Eze Sur Mer (at Sea level) - and then got the frequent train back to Nice after soaking tip some rays on the beach :) 


Eze Village

So, before I share some pics of the Nietzsche Path, I'll introduce Eze Village! 

Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
This ancient village dates from Medieval times and is perched on a rocky peak 1400 feet above the Mediteranean, and just above the famous “Moyenne Corniche” road linking Nice to Monaco. 

Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
The village is constructed in a circular fashion around the base of an ancient, now ruined castle and you can see here it's perched right on the top of a rocky outcrop.


Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
The narrow streets are idyllic to wander round in the quite of the early morning before the tourist rush when it can lose much of it’s charm and get quite packed.

Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
When in Eze Village a must visit place is Jardin Exotique, where over 400 Mediterranean cacti, citrus trees and tropical plants from around the world surround the castle ruins. You also get some stunning views from up here. Again - early morning is the best time to visit to avoid the rush.

Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
Zee Village has two 5-star hotels – the Chèvre d’Or and Chateau Eza, the latter being the former palace of the King of Sweden – both have fantastic but expensive food and views.

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For any visit to Eze - you've got to visit the terrace at the Chèvre d’Or, get a drink and a bite to eat and soak in the amazing views.

Nietzsche Path

So after spending maybe an hour at Eze Village, it was then onto the Nietzsche Path, and the easy way to walk it - ie. down :-)

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The last glimpses of the garden terraces of Eze Village

Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
The path is cleary signposted at both top and bottom so there's no getting lost :-) As you can see it's a well marked path - although loose rocky gravel - so don't tackle it in flip flops! I was wearing trainers and it was fine.

Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
The path is well maintained and is step like in places. What this picture doesn't get across is how hot it was - I was roasting here and was beginning to get a sweat on - temps were maybe 38c. I felt for those who where walking up - now they did have a sweat on :-)

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First glimpse of the shingle beach at Eze sur-mer - I'll be catching the train down there (after a drink and a dip in the sea though :-)

Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
The Nietzsche Path is quite steep in parts - but I always felt quite safe and secure under foot.

Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
You can make out the train tracks here which is what I will travel on back to Nice

Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
Here's the sign at the bottom of the Nietzsche Path - telling you it will take 1hr to get up. On a hot day like today I reckon it would take longer as you will need plenty of rests. It tells you not to wear flip flops - and should tell you to take plenty of water :-)

Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
The trains are pretty regular around here - but we need to wait 20 mins or so of the next one to Nice - but there's no complaining as it's a 2 min walk to this stunning beach!

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Very tempting to head back to Nice via Kayak :-)

Eze Village France Nietzsche Path trail steps hotel accomodation french riviera nice Chateau-de-la-Chevre-d'O  jardin botanique
The quaint train station at Eze sur-mer - where it's a €2, 10 min ride back into Nice. Job done - and another walk ticked off the bucket list! 

I hope you have enjoyed that little write up - and it inspires you to want to visit Eze Vllage and walk the Nietzsche Path - and helps you plan a visit :) 

Blog Post by Stuart Hodgson, 'The Hiking Photographer'


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