Rimini Holidays: Top Emilia-Romagna Beaches
Rimini Holidays: the sun, the sea… and your well-deserved relaxation! Emilia-Romagna has 90 km of coastline, facing the Adriatic Sea: what makes the Riviera Romagnola so famous and sought after is the number of seaside resorts offering facilities and relaxation for every taste: bars and restaurants, sports facilities, lifeguard services, entertainment, all seasoned with that warm hospitality the Romagnoli are always praised for.
This is why staying on the “Riviera” continues to occupy a special place in the hearts of travellers, who want to provide themselves this experience at least once in their lifetime! The best part? You can usually soak in the sights at more affordable prices than in neighbouring regions.
Here are the most 5 beautiful beaches you will find in Emilia-Romagna.
Rimini is on Italy’s east coast, about 200 miles south of Venice, on the Adriatic Sea. Rimini is the capital of Italian seaside tourism and nightlife – it’s one of Italy’s most popular beach resorts and one of the largest and most famous in Europe.
It has 15km of fine sandy beach with excellent bathing facilities. The seaside promenade is lined with restaurants, bars, hotels, and nightclubs. The city itself has an interesting historic centre, Roman ruins, and museums.
The Rimini holidays philosophy is that life on the beach goes on day and night. It begins at dawn when people go walking along the water’s edge to see the sun rising out of the Adriatic and finishes well into the night after dinner, barefoot on the sand.
Rimini’s beachfront is divided up into various zones.
Paid: Most of the beach has been licensed out to establishments (Bagni) that have a specific surface area which they maintain and on which they provide, for a fee, various facilities (sun loungers, umbrellas, toilets, showers, changing cabins, games for children etc.). The establishments all have names, but along the main seafront are generally referred to by their numbers.
Free: There are also a number of free beaches, with toilet facilities and lifeguards on duty, where you can stretch out your towel and enjoy the summer sun without charge. The biggest of these is near the port, by Piazzale Boscovich, at the start of the beach facing the pier.
The Rimini holidays philosophy is that you can do anything on the beach, yoga lessons, needlework courses, sandcastle competitions, cheecoting and Piadina making. All kinds of sports are practised, the traditional and the new ones.
The beach is the largest open-air gym itself: there are numerous places to play beach volleyball, beach tennis, beach soccer and beach basketball. There are clubs offering lessons and equipment for sailing and wind or kite surfing.
Don’t miss: Italia in Miniatura
Do you want to visit Italy in just one day during your Rimini holiodays? Come and visit Italia in Miniatura! Idyllically set just in the heart of a lush park, it gathers more than 270 outstanding scale reproductions depicting the major Italian and European architectural beauties.
Riccione is one of the Eastern Riviera’s summertime meccas, offering a good mix of seaside fun in the sun, as well as shopping and nightlife. If most consider neighbouring Rimini too big and busy, Riccione gets it just right, with its lovely and wide walking streets, clean beaches (many different ones to choose from), and plenty of fun activities for all ages.
The beach at Riccione offers lots of services, designed for the comfort and safety of all the family. It is no accident that it is judged to be one of the safest and most child-friendly beaches in Europe. It has a total of 151 bathing-stations, designed for the comfort of families and amusement of the young, as well as for sports-lovers who want to pursue their passion on holiday.
Vast stretches of white sand, boundless spaces, beautiful walks and quality services: this, in short, the portrait of the beaches of Riccione.
Young people will be able to opt for the more trendy beaches, with aperitifs and DJ sets at sunset, music, parties and entertainment on the beach, while couples and families will be able to take advantage of the many services offered by the more “traditional” Bagni.
For couples extra-large sunbeds, background music, cocktails under the umbrella and a lot of relaxation; for families with children’s games on the beach, animation, Mini Club, Baby Sitting services and much more for the joy of the children.
Dog-friendly: More and more bathing establishments grant access to our four-legged friends but not all of them are authorized for swimming in the sea.
Don’t miss: Families with kids can find plenty of fun in Riccione, as it’s home to a great water park “Aquafun”, and one of Italy’s largest marine parks where educational exhibits and dolphin shows are featured daily.
An undisputed paradise for families because of its safe sea, Blue Flag and shallow waters, Cattolica offers equipped beaches and excellent services able to respond to the most disparate requests of those who travel with children.
The half-moon shaped Cattolica’s coastline is a wide expanse of golden sand overlooking the Adriatic Sea. The two-kilometre-long beach of Cattolica is situated just in the heart of the last stretch of the coast of Romagna bordering the Marches and its privileged position, sheltered from northern atmospheric disturbances, makes Cattolica’s beach the ideal destination to spend pleasant seaside holidays enjoying fine weather and mild climate.
The keys to the success of Cattolica’s beach are its skilled bathing attendants, who are famous all over the world for their warm hospitality and the state-of-the-art beach facilities they offer.
Bathing establishments offer tourists swimming pools, Jacuzzis, water attractions and chutes, swimming courses and fitness centres, proper facilities to play both beach and water sports, open-air gyms, both small and large boats, baby clubs and entertainment activities, thus standing out as real holiday villages.
By night: Summer life revolves around the beach, which in the evening offers guests the possibility to sip tasty appetizers while listening to the music played by the best disk jockeys of the Riviera, have romantic dinners in intimate fish restaurants overlooking the sea or attend absorbing shows and events.
Milano Marittima beach
Milano Marittima has a unique beach and is one of the most vibrant and trendy areas of the Adriatic coast. Since the 60s, this resort town is known for its two souls: one loved by young people and VIPs, the other quiet, surrounded by a pine grove, suitable for families and those who look for relax.
These two faces can also be found on the beach where you can distinguish between worldly bathing establishments loved by young people and other kind of establishments, suitable for families with children.
The sandy beach is 4 km long and the beaches with facilities are real beach clubs. The famous Papeete Beach is the symbol of the local beach resorts and it has become, over time, a reference point for trendy fun at the beach.
Milano Marittima also has a more suitable face for families. The beaches are equipped with games, entertainment and sports fields, moreover every year you will find many events eligible for families between Cervia and Milano Marittima.
One of the best beach clubs for families is Peperittima Beach Club.
It offers entertainment; special menus; playground areas; sports activities, as well as recreational and educational activities; a children’s library with toys; bathrooms suitable for children, with changing tables, wipes, hair dryers and rooms for naps.
The town of Cervia is located in Emilia Romagna, on a wonderful part of the Adriatic coast, 20km south of Ravenna.
This area will welcome you with its natural beauty, traditions, culture, history and hospitable places offering numerous facilities for a holiday characterised by wellness, fun and relaxation.
With over 9 kilometres of beach, characterized by fine sand and a sea extremely safe, Cervia is particularly suitable for family holidays and children. Experts lifeguards, dressed in red, cover the entire coastline (an officer every 150 meters) and also come with a speed boat for interventions more difficult.
Lots of opportunities to be together, in addition to sports: the animation for adults and children, games, music, dance beach by the sea, the classic trump and bowls tournaments for enthusiasts and devotees, bar service and catering.
The Cervia beach is composed by more than 50 beach establishments along the D’Annunzio promenade: the entrance is free and you can rent umbrellas and sun beds as well as go to restaurants, enjoy entertainment shows and play sports. Bathing establishments are available to everyone, even to those who have disabilities, indeed, these locations are equipped with walkways and parking lots for the disabled.
Don’t miss: CerviAvventura
Adventure park with ropes courses in the trees. It is located inside the Natural Park of Cervia. The paths and the activities are suitable for all since it has different levels of difficulty depending on the age. Open from March to October.
Emilia-Romagna Hotels – Where to Stay
Best luxury hotel: I-Suite Hotel 5*, Rimini
Best for a luxury stylish stay
A new concept of boutique hotel in Rimini with a wonderful architecture. Located on Rimini’s seafront, the 5-star i-Suite Hotel offers ultra-modern design, free WiFi and a unique outdoor pool with hydromassage corner areas. Its top-floor spa overlooks the Adriatic Sea. The i-Feel Good spa features a design sauna and Turkish bath. Modern loungers have panoramic sea views from the spa’s large floor-to-ceiling windows. The i-Fame restaurant serves a range of Romagna specialities and operates a local product only policy, which means that all ingredients are produced locally.
Rooms from € 230/night
Best mid-range hotel: Hotel Corallo 3*, Rimini
The Hotel Corallo Rimini is situated right in front of the sea and is approximately 2 km from Rimini’s centre and Railway Station. One façade of the Corallo offers rooms with an evocative sea view, while the entrance overlooks the tree-lined Viale Vespucci, well-known for its numerous shops and trendy bars and pubs.
Rooms from € 90/night
Best budget hotel: Hotel Cristallo 4, Cattolica
Perfect for a family holiday
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property and an on-site restaurant, Hotel Cristallo is located 250 m from the beach of Cattolica. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. The hotel has a hot tub and sauna.You can engage in various activities, such as golfing and cycling. Rimini is 17 km from Hotel Cristallo, while Riccione is 7 km away.
Rooms from € 90/night
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