Hotel Kursaal is the perfect, laid-back beach retreat. It’s in the sleepy town of Cattolica, just down the coast from its bigger and busier counterpart, Rimini. Head here to escape the crowds and enjoy the wide sandy coastline. The hotel’s right in front of the beach, in a beautiful Liberty style building. The charming town square, Piazza Primo Maggio, is just around the corner so you don’t have to walk far to explore the small shops, cafés and restaurants. In the summer, there’s often open-air performances in the square.
Start your days here with some fresh fruit, brioche and a delicious cappuccino from the breakfast buffet and then head out to the carefully manicured sandy coast. There’s plenty of loungers and parasols that you can hire locally. Once you've had your beach fix come back to the calm of the hotel and grab a drink and snack from the bar. There’s lots of shady spots to lounge by at the lovely outdoor swimming pool – it overlooks the beach so you’ll still get to enjoy those sea views. In the evening the pool’s illuminated and makes the ideal setting for an aperitivo before dinner.
Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 20 mins by private car from Bologna airport.