Photo: View from Italy looking back to France
Who loves Italy? Yes, that is just about everyone, I think! The food, Ice Cream, Coffee, wine and the fabulous people together with perfect weather and beautiful sea views and countryside make it just about perfect. Enjoy a day out in Liguria.
It is a wonderful day out to drive along the coast of Liguria from the french border town of Menton to San Remo. I suggest you take your passport as border control is stricter these days.
First stop, if you like gardens is Hanbury Gardens
Photo: Hanbury Gardens
Hanbury Gardens, Corso Monte Carlo 43, 18039 Ventimiglia, Italy http://giardinihanbury.com
Beautiful Botanical gardens established by Sir Thomas Hanbury, now owned by the Italian State and managed by the University of Genoa. This is a magical place to walk through the fabulous gardens, I always find inspiration for my own Mediterranean garden.
PHOTO: Ventimiglia old town
Continue along the coast road until you come to Ventimiglia. This is not the prettiest town but the the Old town pictured above is worth a visit. I like the little seaside restaurants, particularly those in the old town. Find time for a delicious cup of Italian coffee, visit the daily food market where you will find every Italian delicacy possible.
Daily food and fish Market in the Market Hall. A lot of french people like to shop in Italy because it is so much cheaper than France. You will see so many shops selling alcohol and Spirits. Main market day is Friday.
Continue along the coast road for a few kilometres and you will come to Bordighera, a seaside town with great seaside restaurants and lovely shops! You will notice that everything is cheaper in Italy than over the border on the french Riviera!
I would recommend you wait until Italy to shop. Great shoes, chic clothes and low prices!
PHOTO: Lunch in Bordighera
A fish based lunch in Bordighera is a delicious treat! However, don’t forget the shop opening hours in Italy. All the shops close between 12.30 and 3.30 or 4.00pm.
If you don’t have a car, the Italian coast is easily accessible by train from France with trains twice an hour that sop all along the coast.
PHOTO: SAN REMO
Final destination is San Remo, main market days are Tuesday and Saturday here but again, the Food Market Hall opens every day except Sunday and is well worth a visit. My favourite delicatessen is in the square before the market.
PHOTO: This is where I buy my Parmesan Cheese
Again, you are spoiled for choice with little family owned restaurants by the sea. The fish could not be fresher. One of my favourite treats is lobster and spaghetti and a bottle of Italian Rose, perfect!
There are so many really good shops here. Choose from the well known names such as Max Mara or explore tiny boutiques with original designs.
PHOTO: Old Town San Remo
Explore the tiny streets of the old town and discover so many little shops selling absolutely everything!
PHOTO: Shopping in San Remo
PHOTO: SAN REMO PORT
The seafront is full of little cafes and restaurants.