Exotic garden in Èze

Exotic garden in Èze

Take an adventurous and historic walk in the exotic garden of the village of Èze. The town is located on a mountaintop at 429 meters altitude, which was also crucial for the location of the medieval castle, which forms the historical setting of the botanical garden.

 

den gamle middelalderby Èze med jardin exotique beliggende på toppen
Èze is a gem on the French Riviera with an exotic garden located at the top along with the ruins of the old medieval castle.

The exotic garden on top of Èze

The Exotic garden in Èze was built immediately after World War II, when the local population cleaned up the ruins of the fortress, which had its heyday in the 12th century. Rubble was carried away and replaced with topsoil, which was carried forward on the backs of the local men in the sloping and hard-to-reach terrain.

In the park, both a botanical story is told, but also the story of how the cliff top has always been a refuge for the people of the area when attacked by the enemy.

historisk-planche-eksotiske have-eze
Explanatory boards are located all around the exotic garden – ©cityxee.com
As a starting point, the dry soil and heat were primarily suitable for cacti, aloe and
agave. But in 2014, at the northern end of the garden, an area with waterfalls and exotic plants adapted to shade and humidity was opened.

forskellige kaktus planter i Jardin Exotique i Èze og udsigt over middelhavet
The garden contains many impressive plants – here a collection of cacti with impressive views – ©cityxee.com

Impressive views

It is not without reason that the exotic garden is in the top 10 in  the list of the most popular experiences on the entire Côte d’Azur. Everywhere you can enjoy spectacular views of the French Riviera, which stretches to the Estérel Mountains and Saint-Tropez.

orienteringsbord med illustrationer af udsigten fra den eksotiske have i Èze
Orientation table with explanations of the view from the exotic garden in Èze – ©cityxee.com

The garden in Èze should not be confused with the exotic garden in Monaco, which is also worth a visit and which is expected to reopen in the summer of 2022 after being closed throughout 2021 due to extensive redevelopment work.

Prices:
The admission price varies over the season from 4 to 6 euros.

There is a group and children’s discount and it is allowed to bring a dog on a leash.

The garden is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

By Mikael Mortensen – 2021

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