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Holidays in Riccione

If you are traveling in the province of Rimini in northeastern Italy, you should definitely pay an extensive visit to the small town of Riccione. The city of 35,000 inhabitants in the middle of Emilia Romagna, which is located directly on the beautiful Adriatic Sea, has been an extremely popular holiday destination for many years – both for tourists from all over the world and for locals. Especially in the summer months, many people from near and far cavort on the popular Adriatic beaches.

Both children and adults feel right at home in the region. During the day, the wide range of water sports such as diving, water skiing or sailing are used just as intensively as the beaches for swimming, having fun and relaxing. On the many balmy summer nights, the beach sections belong mainly to the many young people who regularly celebrate exuberant parties here to rhythmic music. So there really is something for every holidaymaker. In addition, the Riccione region is also a very popular starting point for extended bike tours, climbing tours and extensive hikes.

Aquafan: The largest water park in Europe

Aquafan Riccione
The Aquafan water park in Riccione, Image: Serhiy Chaiko / shutterstock

An absolute tourist magnet in the region is Aquafan. The largest water park in all of Europe covers an area of about 100,000 square meters and attracts several 100,000 visitors every year. Inaugurated in 1987, the park has numerous attractions for children and adults in and around the water. Among them are several spectacular slides with a total length of about three kilometers. Other attractions of the water park include the Extreme River and a huge wave pool.

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To relax, guests at Aquafan have several spacious green areas at their disposal. And if you want to party, Aquafan is also the right place for you. After all, the largest foam party in the world with the best and most famous DJs regularly takes place here. Another large water and nature park, known far beyond Italy’s borders, is the Oltremare. Here, among other things, dolphins can be found in their natural habitat in the largest lagoon in Europe. The outdoor park is also a popular refuge for rare birds such as snowy owls, eagles or eagle owls.

The park is a great destination for families with children looking for action and adventure as well as for nature lovers. Holidaymakers will find countless different accommodations in and around Riccione – from several luxurious five-star hotels to small holiday apartments for the small budget. In addition, there are three large campsites available on the coastal city on the Adriatic Sea for the numerous camping tourists from all over Europe. And the range of restaurants, bars, discotheques and clubs is also very large in the region. Of course, there is always something going on on the large promenade as well as on the sandy beaches.

Church of San Martino, Castello di Gradara or Arch of Augustus: Sights in and around Riccione

Sunset in Riccione
Riccione is also one of the most popular travel destinations among Italians, Image: TinoFotografie / shutterstock

If you are looking for sights and photo motifs on holiday, Riccione is also the right place for you. The church of San Martino, the impressive Congress Palace or the Palazzo del Turismo are definitely worth seeing. And there is also a lot to see and experience at the gates of the town. An absolute must for tourists in the region is a visit to Rimini. The capital of the province of the same name also has some beautiful sights to offer in addition to the world-famous beaches. Among other things, you can walk in the narrow streets on the numerous traces of the ancient Romans. Among other things, you should see the large Arch of Augustus, the oldest Roman arch still in existence.

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Not far away is the Castello di Gradara. The impressive medieval fortress is also a must-see if you are travelling in the region. Around Riccione you will also find numerous impressive natural landscapes. Because of the many cycle paths, the region is also a popular destination for cycling holidaymakers. If you feel like it and are looking for sporting challenges on holiday, you can complete several mountain bike tours with different levels of difficulty here.

Beachline Festival and KOMM-MIT football tournaments

Athletes and sports fans from all over Europe will also get their money’s worth in and around Riccione. For example, the largest beach volleyball camp in Europe takes place every year in the week after Easter. At the “Beachline Festival”, more than 1,000 participants are at the start. For youth footballers from all over Europe, the international youth football tournaments of KOMM MIT are always a real highlight. Here, too, several thousand young people from all over Europe take part every year. Especially in the summer months, concerts, festivals and theatre performances take place regularly in the region.