Villa HippoCampo



Located a short distance away from Nice and Monaco, Eze Village is an ancient jewel located 1000ft above sea level. Eze Village is linked to the sea level village of  Eze-sur-Mer, by Nietzsche Path which was named after German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who frequented the area in the late 19th century.

The hike is around 5km long and takes roughly 1 hour 30 minutes to complete uphill. The path is very steep so bring water, sunblock, and good walking shoes with you. The route has signposts along it at regular intervals as well as great views of Cap Ferat and Villefranche Bay.

What to Expect on the Nietzsche Path:

  1. Steep Terrain: With a height of about 1000 feet, this hike can be quite challenging. Therefore, expect steep paths or rocky gravel tracks; thus wear tough shoes with proper support.
  2. Accessibility: Although the Nietzsche Path itself is relatively safe and easy to follow, it can be difficult, particularly during hot weather. When hiking, carry drinking water, sunscreen, and a hat since there are no trees on this trail.

How to Prepare for the Hike:

  1. Check the Weather: Before heading out to Nietzsche’s Path, check what the weather will be like so that you can be well prepared. Do not hike when it is extremely hot or during the rainy season.
  2. Pack Essentials: Take a backpack with water, snacks, a first aid kit, and a map/GPS. Make sure you dress in layers.
  3. Plan Your Route: Decide if you want to walk from Eze Village down to the sea or vice versa. Your fitness level and time of day will also influence your hiking plans.


When starting your hike at Eze Village, we suggest using the Moyenne Corniche road or taking the Nice-Monaco bus to get to Eze Village. After visiting Eze, you can walk down Nietzsche’s path to Eze-sur-mer and refresh yourself with a swim in the Med! If you decide to start at the base of the mountain at Eze-sur-mer and climb up to Eze village, you may drive to Eze-sur-mer on the Basse Corniche or take the train.

Whichever way you want to approach the Nietzsche Path, either uphill or downhill, it is an experience to remember. It is a nicely maintained path, safe, and fit for leisurely walks, with ample opportunity to take photos.

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<span style="font-size: 16px !important" >Written by</span><br>C. Sage Givens

Written by
C. Sage Givens

C. Sage Givens is a seasoned traveler who has made the Cote d'Azur her second home. With a deep affection for French culture, cuisine, and the breathtaking beauty of the sea and limestone cliffs that grace Villefranche-sur-Mer, her true passion lies in sharing her love for Villa Hippocampo. This exquisite haven offers a level of tranquility she believes is unmatched anywhere else in the world.