Hiking the Nietzsche Trail to Eze Village
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 and clean my appartment, but on the other day I really wanted to do something. So myself and a group of girls 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, found just between Nice and Monaco. As soon as we steppe 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 set go!
For the first 10 minutes, it was pretty much a steep hill straight up the mountain side. We'd gotten off the train with another couple of groups who were attempting it along with us, and 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 groups 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 about an hour - 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/a little sweaty! I think that if you'e 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 couldn't 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 euors, 3 for a student, and it provides you with the best view over the Riviera!
While the hike was tough, and 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!