Bordighera is the perfect city for both a weekend getaway and a slonger stay, even two or more weeks: here every day, with the right information, you can always do something new and stimulating.
The incredibly strategic location of Bordighera allows you to be easily reachable from all over the world thanks to the nice airport, which is only 25 minutes away.
From here you can easily visit the medieval villages of the hinterland, the Côte d’azur and have a two steps a larger and more lively center like Sanremo.
Bordighera is a man-made city, alive but not chaotic, where you easily make friends on the beach, the park or the cafes of the old town.
It’s a great place to play sports, train and get fit. You can organize excursions, cultural visits or just relax on the sea shore.
Villas with large parks, beautiful gardens, stately buildings: the English colony of Bordighera is no longer that of the late nineteenth century, but its imprint has remained intact.
Bordighera is different from other centers in the west and has managed to maintain an elegant appearance.
Bordighera is not only beach and sea, behind the promenade there is a world to discover. Or rather, more than one: the medieval charm of Bordighera Alta, enclosed within its pentagonal walls; the charm of Capo Sant’Ampelio (the southernmost point of Liguria) and its church; the little secrets that are hidden in Arziglia and – further on – on the slopes of Monte Nero.
Where is Bordighera
A pearl in an extraordinary territory
Bordighera is located in the mildest area of all Liguria , probably all of northern Italy. The extreme Ponente Ligure, in fact, is known for having a wonderful climate all year round: pleasant even in the colder months and breezy even in the hottest summers.
This beautiful tourist resort is nestled between the famous city of Sanremo, where the Italian song festival takes place, and the French Riviera. Bordighera is almost on the border between Italy and France.
This position makes the city a truly strategic base for those who want to experience holidays full of beauty, things to see and points of interest.
In just 10 minutes, in fact, you can arrive in France, in the nearby of Menton, in the Principality of Monaco or you can reach the other places of the Western Liguria and explore the extraordinary villages of the Ligurian hinterland .
When to go to Bordighera
A wonderful destination 365 days a year.
Compared to other major tourist destinations Bordighera is a destination that has a limited choice of hotels and the best holiday homes must be booked well in advance.
The high season starts from mid June until the end of August: this is the period of greatest tourist flow. Beautiful , but the prices rise slightly.
During the year, the Easter period is also very popular, the Christmas period and there is a great influx also during the important events in the surroundings: Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco Grand Prix, Sanremo Festival to name a few.
If you can choose when to go on vacation, the best times to visit Bordighera are Spring , from April to early June, and autumn .
In these periods the temperatures are wonderful, the city is quieter and it is possible to swim in clear water.
If you love the sea in winter and want to relax a week Bordighera is certainly a destination suitable for you. During the day the temperature is often around 15-20 degrees and you can visit the surroundings without traffic, you can play outdoor sports and you can taste the specialties of the area without booking the restaurants.
The beach is certainly the protagonist of the days of those who choose Bordighera to spend your holidays.
On beautiful and sunny winter days, walking on the Argentina promenade is relaxing and regenerating.
But, of course, it is in summer that the beaches of Bordighera give their best: here a long series of bathing establishments equipped with umbrellas, sunbeds and deckchairs, cocktail bars and inviting restaurants, animate the life of travelers.
For those who simply seek the tranquility of the beach there are numerous free beaches where you can lie down freely and work on your tan.
To find your way around the beaches, here is a small list from west to east:
- Rattaconigli beach: the largest beach in Bordighera. Almost completely free but served by several bars that organize parties with music in the summer. Behind it has a beautiful cycle path.
- Beaches west of the station : from this side of Bordighera the beaches can be reached by car and are served by many parking lots. Here too the establishments often organize beautiful evenings and offer many services.
- Beaches east of the station : on this side the promenade is pedestrian and the beach can be easily reached with convenient underpasses from the center.
- Scogli di Sant’Ampelio : This corner of the city, just below the church of the same name, is sacred to the Bordigotti. Here the water is very clean and it is very fun to dive from the rocks and explore the seabed with the mask.
- Arziglia : quiet and more isolated, this is the ancient fishermen’s beach.
In Bordighera there are no golden sandy beaches. The bottom is composed of round gravel and, in some sections, of more or less coarse sand.
Find out more about the most beautiful beaches in Bordighera.
What to visit in Bordighera
Bordighera is a city that must be enjoyed calmly, to appreciate the peaceful everyday life among the beautiful beaches, its gardens and beautiful architecture.
In this beautiful context there are several points of interest to visit and discover.
Church of St. Ampelio
In the southernmost point of Liguria and northern Italy there is the small and suggestive church of Sant’Ampelio built in the 11th century.
Above the altar there is a seventeenth-century statue depicting Saint Ampelio, owner of the church and patron of Bordighera. It is often possible to visit the crypt under the church where the saint lived for 17 years.
From the church of Sant’Ampelio you can walk the long and pleasant Argentina promenade, so called in honor of Evita Perón who visited Bordighera in 1947.
The old town has maintained its charm as a small fortified village, closed by late medieval walls reinforced in the mid-sixteenth century.
Leave your car in the large Piazza del Capo, enter through Porta Sant’Ampelio, and then get lost in the maze of squares and alleys, between tall and colorful houses, connected by characteristic supporting arches.
Inside the village, which has a more or less pentagonal shape, there is the church of Santa Maria Maddalena, built at the beginning of the seventeenth century and renovated in 1866.
Just above the village is the Villa Mariani: once the residence of the nineteenth-century painter Pompeo Mariani, today it houses the foundation dedicated to him.
Born as a cottage and designed by the architect Garnier, the villa (with its beautiful park) was further enlarged by Mariani, who also built the Specola, the large atelier-museum that can still be visited today.
Villa etelinda was built Bordighera on the Roman road by Raphaël Bischoffsheim, a German banker who lived in Paris.
The villa was designed by the French architect Charles Garnier who took over some elements of his villa in Bordighera, such as the beautiful, slender and turret tower and the polychrome mosaics on the facade.
The gardens were designed by Ludwig Winter.
The villa was then sold to members of the English nobility finally in 1914 The villa and the immense garden were sold to Queen Margherita.
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The bicknell museum was built in 1888 and is considered the oldest museum in western Liguria. It houses the books, drawings, naturalistic and geological finds resulting from the intense research activity of Clarence Bicknell: an English mathematician, botanist, archaeologist, Esperantist who lived in Bordighera in the late 1800s and studied the cave paintings of Monte Bego.
Whether it is open or closed, it is always worth visiting the Bicknell museum, even if only for the extraordinary monumental plants found near its entrance: a gigantic Ficus Macrophylla and a wonderful Wisteria that covers the facade of the villa.
Il celebre Architetto francese Charles Garnier decise di costruirsi una villa Bordighera nel 1871.
A pochi metri da Bordighera alta si trova appunto Villa Garnier un edificio maestoso sul mare che si sviluppa su tre piani, caratterizzato dalla deliziosa Torretta che l’architetto chiamava “Mon Mirador”.
Il ricco giardino che circonda La Villa venne progettato dall’architetto del paesaggio Ludwig Wqinter, lo stesso che progettò anche i giardini Hanbury a Ventimiglia.
Oggi Villa Garnier è una casa per ferie gestita dalle suore che, su appuntamento, saranno felici lasciarvi visitare la proprietà.
The Pallanca Exotic Garden
The Pallanca Exotic Garden is a must in Bordighera: it is the botanical garden with the largest variety of succulents in Italy, one of the first in the world.
The garden develops on the slopes of the ancient Monte Nero volcano, on 10,000 square meters of rocks overlooking the sea, with a splendid view of the bay.
A suggestive scenario accompanies you to discover the 3000 succulent and cactaceae varieties collected and preserved here for four generations.
Where to sleep in Bordighera
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What to eat in Bordighera
In Bordighera there are many restaurants where you can eat well and each of them also offers very different specialties. Get advice from the locals you will meet on the waterfront, but in the meantime let me give you some advice:
Every day from the small harbor of Bordighera the fishermen supply the best restaurants in the city: it is therefore very easy to find fresh and excellent quality fish.
To order something really typical, my advice is to ask for “Cappon Magro” or “Brandacujùn” . Other typical dishes are Sardenaira , which would be “Ligurian pizza” (but don’t say I told you!), Barbagiuai , rabbit and borage ravioli .
Wines to order in Bordighera
As with many other cities in Liguria, the most popular wines are Pigato, Vermentino and Rossese di Dolceacqua. A real gem is the biodynamic wine of Tenuta Selvadolce produced in Bordighera.
The best-stocked cellar in the city is undoubtedly that of the Magiargè restaurant in Bordighera Alta.
Restaurants in Bordighera
In Bordighera there are many restaurants where you can eat well.
They range from the most refined restaurants on the sea such as Romolo Mare , Alice happy or Marina Beach (during the summer), to the most characteristic restaurants of the historic center such as Magiargè and La Scibretta or choose a restaurant for faster lunches such as the Cafè Monet .
How to get to Bordighera
The easiest way to reach Bordighera is by car on the A10 Genova-Ventimiglia highway . After the exit, at the Bordighera toll booth, there is a beautiful panoramic road that takes you to the center in a few minutes.
It is also very easy to get to Bordighera by train : many trains from Milan, Genoa and France stop right at the city station.
For some trains you have to change in Ventimiglia. In this case it is advisable to take a taxi , right outside the station: with a few euros more you will avoid waiting and will be brought in front of your hotel.
The closest airport is Nice and by car, without traffic, it is just 40 minutes away. To reach the airport, city taxis (cheaper than French ones) and extremely professional car rental services with driver are recommended.