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At the top of the stunning hill village of Eze in the Provencal hills is the beautiful Exotic Garden of Eze. It has been created on the site of an ancient fortress and has incredible views over the Cote d'Azur.

Explore the Jardin Exotique d'Eze

In 1949 the mayor of Eze, Rene Gianton, decided to create an exotic garden in the village of Eze on the site of a ruined fortress at the top of the village. With the help of the creator of the Exotic Garden of Monaco, Jean Gastaud,  he began this stunning garden.

Rocks and stones were hauled up the hillside by hand to create the terraces and structure of the future garden. Next cacti, aloes and agaves were carried up. These were a mix of young and mature plants and included a 130 year old crown of thorns weighing half a ton!

Cactus collection at the Exotic Garden of Eze

The early garden was a huge success and was extended with succulents, yuccas and huge variety of exotic plants.

The garden is split into two main areas with the southern part home to the hundreds of succulents and cacti and a Mediterranean garden in the  northern part with also a pond and waterfalls planted with plants which enjoy humid conditions. Next to the pond are some loungers allowing you to stop and relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the garden.

The combination of excellent planting and wonderful views makes the exotic garden an unmissable part of the attraction of the village of Eze.

As if that were not enough a selection of wonderful statues are displayed in the garden. These are by Jean-Phillipe Richard. His female statues are made of bronze, clay and crystal and he exhibits all around France. The statues are perfect for the gardens and add to the harmony of the garden.

The various paths wind up and around the hillside towards the ruins of the fortress at the top. As you explore you get extraordinary views over the Cote d'Azur and over the roofs of the lovely village of Eze allowing you to spot the church of Notre Dame de l'Assomption from above and also the small bell tower of the Chapelle des Penitents Blanc.

Jardin Exotique d'Eze practical information

The garden is open every day. July, August  and September 09.00-19.30; April, May and June 09.00-18.30; January, February, October, November and December 09.00-16.30.

The entry fee is 6 euros for adults and free for under 12s.

The garden has been classified as a "Remarkable Garden".

Statues at the Jardin Exotique d'Eze

Places to Visit Nearby

The village of Eze itself is one of the highlights of a trip to Provence. See our top five Provencal villages article for more beautiful villages to visit.

The magnificent coastal towns of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Monaco and Cap Ferrat are all very close and not to be missed. The Exotic Garden of Monaco is another of our favourite gardens in France and also has stunning views over the Cote d'Azur.

You can find more travel ideas in the Alpes-Maritimes guide and the Provence guide.

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