The Gorgeous Gardens of Eze

Climbing to the very top of the village of Eze involves plenty of steps and a bit of sweating, huffing and puffing thrown in for good measure. It is most definitely worth it. The streets and alleyways are lovely but right at the peak is the piece de resistance – the Jardin Exotique or Botanical Garden. This is something special.


I must admit we dithered a bit about going inside. Son claimed he wasn’t too interested in walking around a garden, we were almost swayed by him then figured since we’d walked all that way up, were right at the gates and might never be back here – a no brainer we had to visit.


I hadn’t done any research and had no idea of what to expect. It cost around 6 Euro to go inside, I have to say, even if you have no interest in gardens the admission fee is worth it for the views alone. This is the only place in Eze where you can see down over the village rooftops to the sea and coast. A most spectacular panorama and unmissable.




The gardens are pretty extraordinary too. They seem to hang off the side of a cliff, are created in the ruins of a medieval castle and are packed full with impressive cacti and succulents from around the world. A micro climate here means all these fascinating plants thrive.


The cacti were impressive, a huge collection of all shapes and sizes.Son was especially taken with these.



The paths are narrow, we found plenty of people in the garden but if you look there are also lots of quiet spots for sitting and chilling. We discovered a place towards the bottom with wooden seats, fountains and statues and more importantly shade from the sun. This was the perfect place to chill for a while, not too long though, those seats were not the most comfortable.


Refreshed and re-energised we climbed right to the very top and discovered the castle ruins and belvedere. More great views, an unforgettable place, an Eze must-see I am so glad we didn’t skip this out.





33 thoughts on “The Gorgeous Gardens of Eze

  1. I think it’d be difficult for any botanical garden to trump the view of this one – that view of the sea, cliffs and village below is incredible! Fascinating array of cacti too – they’re one of my favourite plants so I love seeing all the different varieties!

  2. I’d almost forgotten about these gardens but remember visiting them now and being spellbound with those views. It was a long way back down for us though as we had to trek down to the main road below the village for the bus back to. Ice!

    • That would have been a big trek, we had the car parking fiasco at the beginning but it meant a short walk out of the village. I just loved these gardens, the cacti and then those views are an incredible mix!

  3. What breathtaking views from the top – definitely a wise decision to visit the gardens while you were up there. I am really enjoying the vicarious traveling!

  4. Wow those views are amazing Joy! How incredible that the plants grow into the cliffside – what a wonderful display of cacti and succulents! Definitely a good move to go into the gardens having hiked all the way up that hill – as you say you never quite know when you’ll be back and it would have been a pity to miss them! It looks so steep in the photos so imagine it must have been even steeper in real life – wonderful photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It’s such a gorgeous place Rosemary, I think our son heard the word gardens and groaned – he’s been to plenty before, none of which he’s ever been very excited by!! This place was completely different, we all loved it. It was incredibly steep but it was definitely worth the hike!

      • Yes it’s so unique Joy with the cacti and succulents and those incredible views! Unlike any garden I’ve seen before and good that your son enjoyed it so you could relax and look around! Have a great week and hope the weather fines up for the holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I agree, even if didn’t value those gorgeous cacti, I’d have been vowed by the views alone. But happily enough I have a thing for succulents, so it was a win-win situation for me ๐Ÿ™‚

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