A visit to the markets in Ventimiglia San Remo Liguria Italy is a very popular activity especially for food lovers and bargain hunters. Ventimiglia is just a short train ride from France and people flock over the border on market days, particularly on Friday when hundreds of stalls have something for everyone. My friends and I love going to Italy – as soon as you leave the french border behind you will find a happy, smiling and friendly Italian! I know, I know it is a huge generalisation but it is TRUE!
Visit the markets in Ventimiglia San Remo Liguria Italy.
- Ventimiglia – Friday, food & fish market every day except Sunday
- Bordighera – Thursday, on the Promenade
- San Remo, Tuesday and Saturday, Food and Fish market everyday except Sunday
- Imperia – Monday Market day
- Portofino – Wednesday
- Genoa – Covered market everyday except Sunday
Well pop over the border to Italy for some happy people!
The change in the temperament of the people is quite unbelievable!The Italian joie de vivre is infectious and you will soon be smiling too! Loud and gregarious but quite mad behind a steering wheel, so take care on the roads. They can be very excitable too and are not as keen on dogs as the french, which is annoying for my pooches Freddie and Zarya . Although in general the dogs are welcome everywhere they are not doted on quite as much as in France.
Market Day Friday. Covered Food market every day except Sunday. I’m not keen on market tat and fake handbags but I do love to buy all my fruit vegetables, pasta Parmegiano cheese and all sorts of delicious foodie delights. A lot of the produce is grown locally, the cheeses are especially interesting. The main market Hall is right in the middle of town, one block over from the river. Then find the Fish Market right at the back of the Market Hall. The Market Hall is open every day except Sunday.
Friday is the main market day when hundreds of people descend on the town to rummage through the market stalls set up around the town. If you are not looking specifically for their market, it is more enjoyable to go on another day.
Make time to explore the town, there are some interesting little clothes shops scattered around. Jewellery too!
If you go to Ventimiglia there are some wonderful little local seafood restaurants for lunch right on the beach. Turn right before the river and drive into the lovely old town and you have 3 good seaside restaurants by the beach. Do not forget to try a Coffee or Ice Cream, just the best in the world!
Tip: Everything shuts for lunch in Italy. Shops close from 12.30 to 3 or 3.30pm
Tip 2: Do not be disappointed when you arrive in ventimiglia. Although the old town is pretty, it is not the most attractive town. Bordighera and San Remo are more appealing.
How to get there:
Train – There are trains every half an hour along the coast.
Car – Where to park? Get there reasonably early. Park in the large car park. You will see it as you drive into the town. Alternatively there are car parks on the road down from the motorway.
San Remo, Italy:
Market Day Tuesday and Saturday. Covered food market everyday except Sunday. I prefer the market in San Remo. The town is much prettier with beautiful gardens and little restaurants along the seafront. My favourite food shops are here too! I go to the Tuesday market. Catch a train or drive from France. However, if you are not going specifically for the market, non-market days are far more relaxing to walk about town and by the sea.
My favourite deli in San Remo – you can’t miss it near the market
PHOTO: My favourite deli!
Say hello if you go to this Deli, with the best aged Parmesan I have ever tasted. I buy a massive chunk and pop it in the fridge at home, it lasts for months. Say hello if you visit, maybe they will give me a discount!
Look out for the gorgeous locally grown plants from the many plant growers in this part of Italy too and I buy some fabulous things for the garden.
San Remo town centre flower stall and food stall at the indoor market
The indoor market in San Remo is a treasure trove, keep walking up the hill and you will see it on the left hand side. The usual fresh fruit and vegetables along side some Ligurian delicacies.
- Italian Olive Oil
- Limoncello – local aperitif
- Parmesan and local Italian cheeses
- Clothes – Super little boutiques
Old town in San Remo
How to get there:
Train – The same train that runs from ventimiglia all along the coast from Nice to Genoa.
Car – Park in the large car park by the sea, you will see it as you arrive on the coast road.
You will love all the little clothes shops in San Remo and rummaging around in the old town before indulging in a delicious real Italian food lunch at any of the countless family run restaurants. My favourite market day lunch is lobster spaghetti – yum!
It is a joy just to meander the streets and explore! And there are so many little family run restaurants to choose from scattered through the old town. I like to lunch near the sea and the Port and enjoy the catch of the day fish.
Check out A Day in Liguria another of my blog posts for more info.
PHOTO; Port at San Remo
There are some nice beaches just outside the town going towards Genoa. Genoa is one and a half hour drive from San Remo and is a wonderful city to visit.
Where to go For lunch:
- Ventimiglia – 2 super beach restaurants on the seafront in the OLD town. Cross the bridge and follow the sea path around and you will eat traditional seafood and Italian specialities
- Ospedaletti – Ristorante Byblos. By the sea and super popular because it is so good!
- San Remo – Seaside restaurants by the Port
- Make sure to try the Ice Cream, the best in the world! Also Coffee and hot chocolate, unmissable.
- Take the coast road and stop off at Hanbury Gardens and Bordighera. Bordighera has a wonderful sea front that goes for miles and is a super run. Lots of little restaurants and beach clubs.
Read about Southern Liguria in this blog post: