Bordighera sits as an attractive seaside resort with panoramas from Genoa (on a clear day) to Monte Carlo. A large English colony, attracted by the mild climate, settled here in the second half of the 19th century and is still very much in evidence today; you regularly find people taking afternoon tea in the cafés, and streets are named after Queen Victoria and Shakespeare. This was the first town in Europe to grow date palms, and its citizens still have the exclusive right to provide the Vatican with palm fronds for Easter celebrations.

Thanks partly to its many year-round English residents, Bordighera doesn’t close down entirely in the off-season like some Riviera resorts, but rather serves as a quiet winter haven for all ages. With plenty of hotels and restaurants and a lovely seafront promenade, Bordighera makes a good base for exploring the region and is quieter and less commercial than San Remo.

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