With the “Gardens of the Cote d’Azur” tour, Visitorama offers one of the most beautiful tours in the Maritime Alps. You will discover the Garden of Val Rahmeh in Menton, the Exotic garden of Eze, the garden of the Villa Ephrussi in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat and finally the garden of the Villa Eilen Roc in Antibes.
The Garden of Val Rahmeh in Menton is a rather exotic, even tropical garden which benefits from a special microclimate in the east of Menton. Right next to the majestic Parc Pian, you will discover a wide variety of species, from the kiwis to the banana trees, from the Elephant’s Ears to the Thunbergia lianas. Garden lovers, it will be a good spot.
The Exotic Garden of Eze is more oriented towards succulents with a large collection of cacti, from the mildest to the most prickly. From this garden, located on the top of the village itself on a rocky spur, the view is breathtaking. Indeed, you will have an incredible view of the Mediterranean Sea, with Cap Ferrat and Cap d’Antibes on one side, and Cap Martin and Italy in the distance on the other.
The garden of the Villa Ephrussi de Saint Jean Cap Ferrat will certainly captivate you. Ideally situated between the bay of Villefranche and the bay of Beaulieu sur Mer, the setting is magnificent. This garden comprises 9 gardens on 7 hectares: French garden, Japanese garden, rose garden… Nestled in the Renaissance style palace bequeathed by the Baroness of Rothschild, a restaurant-bar awaits you to refresh yourself in the garden. To be enjoyed without moderation!
Situated on the edge of the “sentier des contrebandiers” (smugglers’ path) which runs around the famous Cap d’Antibes, you will find the Villa d’Eilenroc, nicknamed the “Jewel of the Côte d’Azur”. Its construction began in 1860, after a wealthy Dutchman bought a piece of land on the Cap and named it after himself (Eilenroc is an anagram of his wife’s first name Cornélie). In 1927, the property was bought by the Beaumonts who, with the help of a landscape architect, restructured the 11-hectare park that surrounds it. Mythical social evenings were held here. In 1982, on the proposal of the Mayor of the time, Madame Beaumont gave the property to the town of Antibes. Since then, the park has been transformed into a rose garden to commemorate the horticultural past of Antibes, once the “Capital of the Rose”.