Hiking Up To Eze

 The view from the Cactus Garden in Eze

The view from the Cactus Garden in Eze

Although I've been here for 3 weeks, I haven't yet had a free weekend to relax and explore at my own pace. I wanted to spend at least a day in Cannes so I could do some laundry, clean my appartment and do some life admin, but on the other day I really wanted to go out and explore the area. Myself and a group of girls whom I'd met in a local bar decided to do the Nietzsche hike, a steep 1 mile vertical climb up from Eze-Sur-Mer to Eze village. 

We set off from Cannes around lunchtime, catching a train to Eze-Sur-Mer, located on the coastline just between Nice and Monaco. As soon as we stepped off the train we saw the signs pointing us to the beginning of the trail. Maybe I was slightly naïve, but I didn't realise how tough it was going to be from the get go as for the first 10 minutes, it was pretty much a steep hill straight up the mountain side. We had got off the train with another couple of groups who were also attempting the climb but after less than 5 minutes in, a couple of people decided to turn back. After 10 minutes, we saw the first of the steps. They were really wide steps and so with my long legs, I guess I had it slightly easier. The group of girls that I was with were all relatively fit, and we were soon moving ahead of everyone else. The signposts at the start of the track said that it was 90 minutes up, however a couple of reviews online said that they had done it in just over an hour - to give you a perspective of how fast they were going we did it in about 50 minutes! According to my phone's health app, overall we climbed 150 floors. This doesn't sound like too much, but at the time it felt like the stairs were neverending! I was really happy when we made it to the top, but I super glad that I'd worn workout clothes and proper trainers because I was exhausted and very sweaty! I think that if you're relatively fit you could do this, and it is possible to stop whenever you want. However there was very little shade so I definitely wouldn't recommend doing this on a really hot summer's day!

I'd read lots about Eze in the past few months, and I was so pleased to wait to finally go! Although lots of the restaurants and shops weren't open because it's not tourist season, I really wanted to go to the exotic garden! Entrance is 4 euros, 3 for a student, and you get a really good view. While the hike was tough, and even a few days later my muscles still ache, I really want to try and do a hike maybe every other weekend. The next one on my list is La Turbie, which overlooks Monaco.