Days Out on The Cote D’Azure   9 comments

Lots of wonderful places to see on the Cote D’Azure and an excellent and cheap (if a little crowded) local bus service to explore them.

Eze is one of the most popular spots, a picture postcard village perched high above the coast on a rocky outcrop. The bus journey along the Moyenne (middle) Corniche Road were superb.

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As befitting a well known spot, Eze was rammed with tourists but not overly so as in some of the places we’ve been over the past couple of years. Most of the village is a private hotel complex but what you can walk around is rather nice.

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Although the high point is a sculpted cactus garden that you have to pay to visit. Worth it – just – for the magnificent views along the coast.

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The ruined castle at the top of the hill

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And views over the private part of the village.

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Clouds hugging the cliffs.

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More cactus – should that be cacti.

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As you’d expect it was brutally hot so there is only so much you stand before you crave a cool outdoor lunch and a cold beer. We took the bus down to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and a had an excellent, if quite expensive meal down by the harbour.

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Followed by a brief stroll through town to the Plage des Fourmis. We should have brought swimming stuff and had a dip as it was a very nice beach.

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On our last day we took a day trip to St Jean Cap Ferrat. If anything it was even hotter although the beaches and views were good.

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This beach, the Plage Paloma, looked rather fine but the beach bar was staggeringly expensive and after lunch it was too hot to walk back.

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After the only underwhelming meal of the whole trip (a disappointing and pricey pizza by the harbour) we returned to the closer Plage Cros Dei Pin for a very enjoyable afternoon swim.

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One of the nicest beaches we visited but being the middle of the day it was just too hot to hang around. I’d love to come back here in Spring or autumn when the water will still be warm but the temperatures more realistic for a laze on the beach and for coastal walks.

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9 responses to “Days Out on The Cote D’Azure

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  1. Some fine views from those cliffs

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  2. I love the colour of the Med. Fine views from Eze. I’d be drawn back to Plage Paloma too.

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  3. Could do with those blue skies after a grey Autumn afternoon !

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  4. Stunning coastline. Not sure how I’d cope with the heat though – I think I’d just want to be in the water the whole time.

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