A bustling small seaside city rich in culture, inspiring artists alike with its beautiful beaches and alluring old town
Situated close to the France/Italy border, lies the elegant resort town of Bordighera, a town of grand villas and colourful gardens, full of 30s and 40s splendour. In its heyday Bordighera attracted many famous visitors including Eva Peron (after whom the town's promenade is named) As well as Monet, inspired by the brilliant Mediterranean light and breath-taking views. Nowadays you will find a fascinating old town, award winning blue flag pebble beach, incredible landscapes, villas, gardens and romantic views.
What to do
Start exploring this picturesque resort by taking a stroll along the Argentina promenade, named after the town's famous visitor, Eva Peron. Stretching almost 2km it cuts through the town offering vistas of surrounding colourful gardens, crashing blue waves below as well as the towering mountains behind town.
Next head to the most southernly point in town, the headland of Sant-Ampelio. Here you will find the oldest part of town, a fortified area of narrow Medieval streets and winding lanes with a church sitting on top.
A visit to the Pallanca Exotic gardens is a must see for many visitors to Bordighera, this extensive garden (over 300 species) is spread out across steep terraces overlooking the bright blue sea.
For art lovers a trip along the Monet trail is a must. Rediscover some of the breath-taking vistas that captured the artists imagination, visit some of the many villas that are featured in his townscapes, including the Villa Garnier, home to the architect behind the Monte Carlo Casino and Paris Opera house.
Cool off at the beach. A mix of public and private sections, this award-winning blue flag pebble beach is popular with visitors to the town. There are plenty of areas to rinse off conveniently situated along the beach and you will find plenty of beachside cafes to relax in.
Bordighera is perfectly located for exploring the nearby French towns of Nice, Monte Carlo and Monaco, all easily accessible for a day trip.
Where to eat
For typical Ligurian cuisine head to Magiarge Vini e Cucina. Tucked away behind the church in the old town you will find a cosy restaurant popular with locals and tourists alike. Fresh seafood and local fare lovingly prepared as well as an extensive and interesting wine list, be sure to ask for recommendations! Enjoy a table outside in the square. Book ahead in the busy summer months.
For a reasonably priced lunch head to Café Monet. Situated in the square in front of the railway station, this hidden gem offers exceptional food and a daily changing menu of seasonal produce. Enjoy value local wines and homemade desserts.
For beachside dining, try the newly opened Kukua beach. A modern beachside restaurant in contemporary style with a large terrace overlooking the water. Enjoy delicious pasta dishes and tasty deserts whilst relaxing and taking in the view.
For the best Gelato in town head to Gelateria Jobs. This small family run gelataria serves a large selection of flavours as well as fantastic coffees and light snacks.
How to get there
The nearest airport to Bordighera is Monaco (20km) Other nearby airports include Nice (39km) Turin (156km) Marseille (200km) and Pisa (220km). From Monaco it is possible to get a direct train into town (57 mins) and if hiring a car the drive is approximately 28 mins. If flying into Nice, there is a direct bus service into Bordighera which takes 45mins.
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