Adriatic Coast Holidays

The Italian Adriatic Coast is a goldmine for culture. The north eastern area's known to attract swathes of visitors in the summer months to it's broad sandy beaches - you know it's a good choice when it's where the Italians head for their summer holidays. The sandy beaches are dotted with pastel coloured parasols and are perfect if you're bringing the kids along, because they're mostly flat with lots of shallow bathing spots to splash about in.

Rimini's probably the best know resort, offering much more than just a party scene, the old town's packed with history - Renaissance palazzos and Roman ruins. Riccione's one of Italy's original seaside resorts, just south of Rimini and if you're after somewhere close to the action but a little quieter, Cattolica's the perfect place - not far from Monte San Bartol nature reserve, which has some lovely walking trails. 

You can't wrong with the food here - Emilia Romagna's famed for it's cuisine and there are plenty of top restaurant's about. There's loads of beach bars, clubs and cafes too - so when you've had you fix of lounging in the sun, head for an afternoon Aperol spritz. It's not just about the beach though - why not head inland to the hills? You'll find quiet medieval hamlets and fortified towns and villages. There's great train links from Rimini so you could even visit Bologna or Florence from here. 

  • 65 rooms

This is a great modern hotel with a fab location beside Riccione's beachfront promenade. They've got a section of the beach reserved for guests so grab a lounger and get some sunbathing in. There's also a lovely heated outdoor pool at the back of the hotel in the garden. It's in the centre of Riccione with lots of bars and restaurants within walking distance. You can also get to the train station easily and explore further afield.

  • 140 rooms

This is one of the most elegant hotels in Rimini. Its grand liberty style building stands out on the beachfront promenade and the interiors are impressive. We love the ball room where you can eat dinner at La Dolce Vita restaurant. It's a real treat in the summer when it opens out onto the terrace and lawn. There's a great outdoor pool, a beach club (payable locally) and a spa with indoor heated pool (payable locally).

  • 84 rooms
Hotel Victoria Palace, Terrace

The Victoria Palace hotel in Cattolica is right on the beachfront with great views of the Adriatic’s wide sandy beaches. It is near the pedestrianised promenade you’ll find the town square, Piazza Primo Maggio, so you’ll be close to all the shops bars and restaurants too.

Resort Combination

Pair a week-long stay on the sandy beaches of the Adriatic Coast with a few days in Emilia Romagna's culinary capital, Bologna. Or, hire a car and drive into neighbouring Tuscany for countryside views, superb cuisine and excellent wines.

Things To Do

Visit Cattolica

The wide golden beaches of Cattolica line the Adriatic Coast and attract sun worshipers throughout the summer. It’s a quaint town with a laid-back atmosphere. Spend the day relaxing on the beautiful beach, sipping cocktails in beach clubs, exploring local markets and trying delicious Italian cuisine from the towns many restaurants. 

Visit Gabicce Mare

Sometimes described as the secret seaside of Italy, Gabicce Mare borders the beautiful Monte San Bartol nature reserve and Cattolica. To the north you’ll find pristine sandy beaches lined with loungers and to the south you’ll find the wilder surroundings of the nature reserve.


Riccione is sfamed as one of Italy's first seaside resorts. Apart from being a fantastic seaside destination the town is also renowned for its culinary delights, with plenty of top restaurants around you’ll have to try the fresh local seafood. There is entertainment to be found for people of all ages from exciting water parks perfect for family days out to cycling through local trails and routes in the surrounding countryside. Head into town browsing the streets lined with boutique shops, stroll through the shaded promenades of Papa Giovanni Paolo II Park. As the day cools stroll along the beachfront promenade to enjoy an appreitivo at one of the waterfront cafes or bars that are dotted along the waterfront.

Good to know

  • This region of Italy’s best kept secrets: unknown to many foreign tourists, this is where many Italians choose to holiday
  • The Italian Adriatic Coast stretches from Trieste and the Gulf of Venice to Puglia at the south-eastern heel of the boot
  • The sea takes its name from a famous Venetian port: Adria
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