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Lungomare Argentina is Bordighera’s seaside promenade, and it extends for about a kilometer along a wide beach; the pebbly strand is public, so you can settle down anywhere you find a spot. If you want a more civilized beach experience, you can part with 5€ for a lounge at any number of beach stations. The promenade remains lively well past the height of the day, and it affords spectacular sunset views (since it faces west toward France’s Côte d’Azur) that most of the town turns out to witness. The modern town, which in some parts is unattractively developed, clusters around the seafront, with many businesses lining coastal route S1.

You need only head inland, though, to discover how lovely Bordighera is, with palm-fringed streets and pastel-colored villas hidden behind the walls of verdant gardens. The fortified Old Town, a picturesque cluster of ocher-colored stucco and red tile, is several hundred meters up the hillside from the sea. Aside from a few restaurants and a charming hotel, there aren’t specific attractions that draw visitors to town; rather, it is the fusion of beauty of centuries-old architecture, charming ambience, and stunning views from the gardens that skirt the old walls. From here, you can also easily check out the sights surrounding nearby Ventimiglia, detailed in the next section.

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