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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche famously walked up this beautiful, zigzagging path – and was inspired to finish Thus Spake Zarathustra in the process – but most non-philosophers prefer the views (and effort levels) when walking down.

This route stretches from the dramatic village perche of Eze to the train station in seaside Eze-Bord-du-Mer, covering 1.6km and a 400m decline, and takes the average walker just under an hour to descend. It’s more like an hour and a half to hike the trail upwards – either way, the path is well signposted. For the best views, start or finish at Eze’s succulent-filled Jardin Exotique at the top of the medieval village.

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Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 10+
When: All year around
Duration: 1 hour

Getting there & doing it

Bus No. 83 links the two villages roughly every hour (so you can walk one way and get the bus back) – while Bus No. 100 and the TER train station connect Eze Bord-de-Mer to Nice and Monaco. Check bus schedules – they can be infrequent on Sundays.

Wear good shoes (not flip-flops), and bring water, a sunhat and sunscreen in summer, and set off early as there’s little shade. Bring a swimsuit to cool off on the beach at the bottom of the trail. It’s generally baking hot in the afternoon in the summer.

When to do it

The best months for walking in this region are March to October. In July and August, set out early to avoid the heat.

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Chateau Eza

Eze, Cote d'Azur, France[0.3 miles]

Charming, authentic and classy boutique hotel set in a 17th-century castle, within the 9th-century walls of a village perche. Ideal for honeymooners, with romantic rooms and heart-stopping views over the coastline.

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Cap Estel

Eze, Cote d'Azur, France[1.3 miles]

This superb villa turned boutique hotel, between Monaco and Cap Ferrat, has been voted the best seaside hotel in France. Stay here for old-fashioned glamour, truly magical views, a private beach and gorgeous infinity pool.

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Hotel Royal Riviera

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cote d'Azur, France[3.8 miles]

The grande dame of the Cote d’Azur, this classic, updated luxury hotel has a sublime seaside location. It comes with pool, lush gardens, and one of the very few private beaches on the exclusive Cap Ferrat.

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Welcome Hotel

Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cote d'Azur, France[4.7 miles]

An inn for over two centuries, this iconic and historic yet charming seaside hotel in laid-back Villefranche-sur-Mer is modern, unpretentious and run by lovely people.

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