With its impressive monuments, blissful beachside views and balmy climate, the resplendent Riviera resort of Santa Margherita Ligure allures tourists seeking sunshine and seaside splendour. Palm flanked boulevards are bordered with grand hotels and sophisticated shops, attributes that along with the refined restaurants and cosmopolitan cocktail bars give an air of superior elegance to the town. A picturesque harbour is an idyllic and ideal place in which to enjoy the somnolent rhythm of the fishing fleets while the rocky outcrops of the scenic surroundings harbour cultural and historical treasures.
Upon the tumbling hillside that dominates the sparkling waterfront, a scattering of scenic and intriguing sights reside. One which exudes a distinct and dynamic energy is the Church of San Giacomo, whose Romanesque façade and eerily illuminated Madonna shrine prove an arresting vision.
One of the town’s most iconic landmarks is undoubtedly the Villa Durazzo, a sophisticated symbol of the Italian Riviera’s former prosperity. The grand and gorgeous façade has been painstakingly restored to its 17th century splendour and the manicured and magnificent gardens that surround around are a lovely place in which to absorb the tranquil atmosphere of the town. Although the villa is now used as an academic centre, glimpses of the fabulous and frescoed interior can be caught through the large windows.
Few could think of a better culinary combination than imitable Italian heritage mixed with sublime seafood specialities. In Santa Margherita Ligure, these two heavenly food styles come to together to create some of the Riviera’s most delectable dishes. For perfect presentation and seafood orientated sumptuousness, visit Cigae Restaurant; this exquisite eatery boasts breath taking views and gorgeous gastronomy inspired by the rich local produce. (c santa, Via S. Lorenzo, 58, Santa Margherita Ligure GE, Italy)