The city “of the English” that inspired Monet, among centuries-old palm trees, well-kept gardens and five-star beaches

If you are walking along the avenues of Bordighera and have the feeling you are in England, it is because at the end of the nineteenth century it was turned by the English into an important town, competing with Nice and Menton. Here the climate is mild, even in winter, and France is only about twenty km away.

Among the illustrious guests was Claude Monet, who was inspired by the natural landscapes of the Riviera and painted 34 canvases here. If boating is your passion, in the Bordighera dock you will find the last Italian tourist port before the border. From the dock boats also set out for whale-watching in the Cetacean Sanctuary.

For years the Bordighera beach has had a Blue Flag, with numerous well-equipped bathing establishments. The Argentina Waterfront is the longest sea promenade in the Riviera, inaugurated by Evita Peron (hence the name Argentina), who sojourned here in July 1947. Villa Margherita, along the Roman road, was the private residence of Queen Marguerite of Savoy, the first queen of Italy; since 2011 it has housed a museum and pinacotheca with the collections of the Terruzzi Foundation.

A must is the Exotic Pallanca Garden, situated on a steep rock slope sheer over the sea, with typical Ligurian strips and terraces: three thousand two hundred plant species, among which a precious collection of cacti and succulent plants. The history of Bordighera has Roman origins. The historic area has maintained the fortified village and is encircled by a ring of walls from the medieval epoch and is crossed by a dense network of alleys and little squares.