Houses and homes in Bordighera - key information
Bordighera has been a favourite resort destination for British visitors since the 19th century. The town has many lovely gardens and a lovely old town, but most come for the beach and seafront promenade.
Information about Bordighera
Bordighera is located at 20 kilometres (12 mi) from France and it is possible to see the French coast with a naked eye from the town. Having the Capo Sant’Ampelio which protrudes into the sea, it is the southernmost commune of the region. The cape is at around the same latitude of Pisa and features a little church built in the 11th century for Sant’Ampelio, the patron saint of the city. Since Bordighera is built where the Maritime Alps plunge into the sea it benefits from the Foehn effect which creates a special microclimate that has warmer winters.
Known as the City of Palms, Bordighera is a scenic seaside town, a favorited resort destination for British visitors since the 19th century, when Queen Victoria herself was a guest. The town has many lovely gardens (like Pallanca and Winter), an archaeological museum (the Bicknell) and a lovely old town, but most come for the beach and seafront promenade, Lungomare Argentina
The most popular part of the Pallanca garden is the large collection of cacti, many of which are a remarkable size and very artistic with the blues of the sea as a backdrop.
The local economy is mainly based on tourism, the beauty of the zone and the mild climate attracts tourists as well as artists. The production of olives and olive oil is important as they have acquired a reputation throughout Italy. Another activity is the cultivation of plants and flowers.
The historic villages of Sasso and Borghetto San Nicolò are both a couple of kilometres north of the Sant'Angelo headland (a drive rather than a walk) and both merit a stroll, especially the pretty centre of Sasso with its far-reaching views and the 18th century Church of Saint Peter and Paul.
A great variety of shops and services.
Chiesa di Sant'Ampelio
Claude Monet lived in Bordighera and painted numerous pictures of the town.