Adriatic Coast Holidays

The Italian Adriatic Coast is home to broad sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, vibrant towns and historic villages.

The Italian Adriatic Coast is home to broad sandy beaches, clear waters, vibrant towns and historical villages. The eastern coast of Italy has long been the preferred seaside destination for Italian holiday makers and attracts people from across Europe to enjoy the well established beach scene of the Emilia Romagna coastal region. Explore the seaside towns from the quiet little resort of Cattolica to the south, Gabicce Mare which boarders the beautiful Monte San Bartol nature reserve, Riccione that is famed as one of Italy's original seaside resorts, the buzzing Roman town of Rimini or head to Forli a town dotted with Romanesque architecture beside the deep blue of the Adriatic Sea.

The coast in this region is lined by long beaches and lagoons, its mostly flat making for plenty of safe bathing spots for children. With miles of sandy beaches lined by bars and elegant hotels the area epitomizes the quintessential Italian beach holiday resort, yet is marbled with history, beautiful architecture and deep rooted culinary tradition. After days spent relaxing on the wide stretches of beach why not head inland to the hills where you'll find quiet medieval hamlets and fortified towns and villages, great for days of exploration.

  • from£686pp
  • 58 rooms

This restored period hotel has a great location on the sandy beach front in Cattolica. This sleepy town is perfect for a laid-back holiday. The hotel's got a great outdoor pool and lovely restaurant, plus the main square is just around the corner so it's easy to get out and explore.

  • from£780pp
  • 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.

  • from£770pp
  • 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).

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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