If you’re looking forward to a holiday full of music and fun, the Riviera Romagnola is the ideal destination. The North Adriatic coast is about 1 hour and 20 minutes by car (or 55 minutes by train) from Bologna and it offers fantastic, very well-equipped beaches, world-famous night clubs, thermal baths and water activities to suit all tastes.
One of the most famous places in the Riviera Romagnola is Rimini, the birthplace of director Federico Fellini, who spent the most carefree years of his life here.
With its huge offer of hotels and restaurants, but also centres for sports activities such as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, Rimini is the ideal destination for anyone looking for social life and a healthy bustle.
The coast of Rimini stretches for 15 km and is split into over 250 beach resorts that are equipped for all needs (there are some free beaches if you prefer to avoid paying for sun beds and beach umbrellas).
Rimini has a lot to offer to those who love to dance until the morning. Altromondo Studio, the Carnaby Club and Coconuts are just a few of the most popular clubs in the area, but the world’s most famous DJs perform in nearby Riccione.
Riccione is 10 km away from Rimini, with a golden beach and the historic Viale Ceccarini, the city’s main promenade, where there are luxury stores, trendy boutiques and gourmet restaurants.
Riccione is mainly known for its night clubs such as Peter Pan and Byblos, which offer a unique and enticing atmosphere. Cocoricò, meanwhile, has been an iconic techno club since the 1990s. The pyramid-shaped club is among the ‘Top 100 Clubs’ according to DJ Magazine and has been described as ‘the Mecca of dance music’.
It’s not only the night life that makes this area such an irresistible destination for young people and families: here you can do sports such as beach volleyball, windsurfing and kitesurfing, or you can rent a bike and discover the coastal scenery.
The Riviera Romagnola is more than just Rimini and Riccione.
Some of the most beautiful beaches include Marina di Ravenna, Cattolica and Cesenatico, with their crystal-clear waters and long stretches of golden sand. Here you can experience a quieter holiday, enjoying local dishes and staying in one of the fabulous hotels overlooking the beach.
What NOT to expect from a weekend in the Riviera Romagnola.
– Staying in shape. It’s impossible to resist Romagna delicacies such as piadine and crescione flatbreads, cheese and fresh pasta.
– Pristine beaches. The sea here is synonymous with fun, activities and top-notch services. If you’re looking for a hammock between two palm trees to finish reading Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth, pick a different destination!
– Low-budget services. The Riviera Romagnola – particularly certain stretches – is a very popular tourist destination. Over the years, the services have adapted to the demand and you can find all types of comfort and luxury. Read the menu carefully before choosing a restaurant!
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