Cap Ferrat is an easy sail from Monaco and a great place for lunch, but with a fast boat Saint Tropez or, in the opposite direction, Alassio on the Ligurian coast are only two hours away. In Saint Tropez I’ll stop at Club 55 on Pampelonne beach or at Les Salins on Les Plages des Salins, where the tables are set in the sand and the water laps at your feet.
Beautiful spots between Monaco and Italy include Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, where we’ll stop for lunch at Hôtel Le Roquebrune. It only opens on demand and you have to call ahead to place your order, usually locally caught wild fish with fennel, and pommes de terre allumette. Or there is the clifftop Hôtel Cap Estel – it’s easily accessible by boat and has a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Another favourite is Hostellerie Jérôme in La Turbie, a Michelin-starred restaurant offering Provençal cooking in the old presbytery of Lérins Abbey. The produce is mainly from western Liguria and it has a great wine list.
At Garlenda there are lovely restaurants on the harbour for dinner with friends, such as the chic but informal Sail Inn, where you can dine on great local dishes until very late at night. There are also plenty of little restaurants in the hills and valleys inland of Alassio, such as Ai Torchi in Finale Ligure, where I like the fish tartare and the gnocchi with sea urchin.
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