In June there is the "Rendez vous au jardin" event, the advice of the guide by chance
Although the French Riviera enjoys a mild and temperate climate all year round, the ideal season to discover its ancient villages and to visit its lush gardens is undoubtedly late spring. With the thermometer oscillating between 20 and 25 degrees, a pleasant sea breeze that sweeps away the clouds and the hills that compete to clothe themselves with fragrant and colored flowers, how can you resist the call of the summer season?
These must surely be the reasons why, in early June, the "Rendez-vous aux jardins" event is held every year, an unmissable opportunity to visit some wonderful gardens in the company of a guide, to participate in conferences and animations, of benefit from reduced admissions or simply being able to access sites usually closed to the public. The choice is really vast, unfortunately the time at our disposal is almost always scarce. For this reason I want to offer you the three gardens that I believe are the most representative of the region.
EXOTIC GARDEN OF EZE
It is located on the top of a rocky outcrop overlooking the medieval village of Eze. To reach the village there are several possibilities:
If you like to trek, there is a wonderful path that leads from the train station to the perched village of Eze in less than an hour. But be careful! It is not a path like all the others. This is the path that the famous German philosopher Nietzsche used to go through during his stay on the Côte d'Azur and which seems to have inspired the composition of Thus Spoken Zarathustra.
If, on the other hand, you are not interested in Nietzsche or prefer to arrive at the top fresh and rested, the village is also accessible to cars (in its lower part). If you come by train you have to get off at the Eze Bord de Mer station and from there take the shuttle 83. Starting from Nice, instead, you have to take bus 82. More information on www.lignesdazur.com
Once you reach the village, a maze of strictly pedestrian cobbled streets dotted with small shops and restaurants, follow the signs for the exotic garden. I advise you to go there when the weather is good: the view will really leave you breathless. If you are passionate about botany (and in this case succulent and succulent plants) you will find bread for your teeth: a themed itinerary will reveal all the secrets of cacti, agaves, aloes and other exotic plants. And don't miss the opportunity to take a break on the panoramic terrace and to cool off near the waterfall or maybe take a nap on the deck chairs.
Admission: 6 euros for adults, 3.5 euros for students and free for children under 12.
GARDENS OF THE EPHRUSSI ROTHSCHILD VILLA
In the heart of the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat stands a marvelous pink villa that was built in the first decade of the '900 by the very rich and eccentric baroness Beatrice di Rothschild. The interiors are sumptuously furnished in an eclectic style and the furnishings and furniture from all four sides of the world are combined in perfect harmony. An audio guide, included in the ticket price, will tell you the history of the dwelling and some curiosities about the Baroness.
The villa is surrounded by 7 hectares of land on which several gardens have been created. They range from the elegant French garden to the Moorish one in the middle of which stands a fresh fountain in which fragrant water lilies bloom. The Italian garden gives way to the rocky garden where numerous species of succulent plants grow. We then move from the Mediterranean garden in which you will recognize lavender, myrtle and rosemary, to the Japanese one in which bamboo predominates. The most spectacular part of the garden is without doubt the magnificent rose garden, overlooking the sea and surmounted by a neoclassical temple. In late spring (ideally from mid-May to mid-June) the rose garden is at the peak of its splendor and will guarantee you very successful photos. The visit ends with a flourish with a view of the garden in front of the villa, embellished by numerous gushing fountains that, with their water games, seem to dance to the rhythm of the music broadcast by the loudspeakers