The best places in the Adriatic

Adriatic Coast

Map of Italian resorts

“Adriatic Riviera” are the regions of Emilia-Romagna and the Marche.

The Adriatic ranks first in Italy in terms of the possibility of receiving tourists, while the permanent population of the Emilia-Romagna region is about 165 thousand people.

A huge palette of services offers vacationers this radiant corner:

  • 300 km of Adriatic coast;
  • More than 600 well-equipped beaches;
  • more than 18 thousand means of accommodation (mainly 2 * and 3 *).

The largest hotels are considered to be those with nearly 100 rooms.

The Adriatic region of Italy welcomes its guests with hot dry summers with air temperature of +26+28C and water temperature of +21+26C and mild subtropical winters with average air temperature of +12C.

The land of Romagna is the birthplace of composer Verdi, constructor Ferrari, and inventor Marconi.

Ancona is a seaport and the capital of the Province of the Marche with an international airport.

Holidays on the Adriatic coast of Italy is a combination of ancient monasteries, fortresses, medieval culture and modern architecture, sea and entertainment facilities.

The resort of Rimini.

Rimini is the center of Emilia-Romagna region. It is a seaside resort and the city of film director Federico Fellini. Rimini is the air gateway of the “Adriatic Riviera”.

The “old” historical part of the city is famous for the squares of Tre Martiri and Cavour and the monuments of antiquity: the remains of the amphitheatre, the Arch of Augustus, the five arched bridge “Tiberius”, the ship of Fellini. The best buildings of the city will also attract the attention of tourists: the castle Sidgismondo (now an ethnographic museum), the Palazzo del Podesta (new palace), the chapel of St. Antonio, the Temple of Malatesta, the facade of the Comunale theater.

Along the 364 golden and sandy beaches of Rimini there is a road which winds along a 15 kilometers long and is very convenient for those tourists who want to combine a beach holiday with a cultural program. That is the easiest way to get to any city in the country and visit the famous art centers: Rome (360 km), Venice (210 km), Florence (220 km), Verona (260 km). It is better to travel on the buses of the transport company “Bonnelly-Bass” with air conditioning and unobtrusive music.

Entrance to the beaches, which do not belong to the hotels, is possible at any time of day, and a set of sports activities will satisfy the most demanding tourists: beach volleyball and basketball, water aerobics, Latin American dancing, diving, sailing, catamarans, water skiing, windsurfing.

According to the laws of the country the entrance to the municipal beaches is closed from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., and free to rest at a distance of five meters from the water’s edge.

Rimini is a fun youth disco “Paradiso”, “Carnaby”, where the world celebrities perform, and the colorful lights of nightclubs “Crazy Love”, “Lady Godiva”.

The Rubicon, a famous river that once flowed a few kilometers north of Rimini, will attract active tourists. There is no trace of its former greatness, but the expression “Cross the Rubicon” has gone down in history as the boundary of “decision-making”.

The Adriatic of Italy is famous for the highest concentration of major theme parks in Europe:

  • “Italy in Miniature” – 270 wonders of Italian architecture and culture;
  • “Mirabilandia” – a lunar amusement park;
  • “Fiabilandia” – children’s fairy tale park with “Merlin’s Castle” and Pinocchio;
  • “Aquafan is the largest water park in Europe.
  • “Beach Village” is a water park located right on the beach. It offers heated pools and all kinds of slides.

For targeted shopping, the best place to go is the dwarf state of San Marino, where everything is exclusive! It is 35 km from Rimini.

Riccione is the center of the summer “social chronicle”.

Riccione is an exclusive resort of respectable hotels and villas from which you can reach the railway station of bustling Rimini in 10 minutes. The landscaped 6 kilometers of beach and the luxurious shopping and pedestrian center of local attractions will enchant all holidaymakers without exception:

  • Viala Dante, a long walkable seaside street;
  • Villa Ceccarini – a wide, crowded avenue paved with quartz cobblestones and closed to cars. It is the “promenade” of the vacationing public.
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Riccione is the place for theater and film festivals, as well as concerts of Italian pop stars. At night the resort lights up numerous discos, and a special train running between them moves the rambunctious youth.

“Riccione Termi. – thermal springs with sulfurous, bromine-iodine waters and therapeutic mud are offered by this health city.

The theme park “Oltremare” fascinates children and adults alike.

Cattolica is a great place for a family vacation.

The beaches of the resort are surrounded by greenery in a small bay. The whimsical shapes of breakwaters made of rock debris resemble fairy-tale characters. The protection from the wind, the shallow shore and the shallow waters at its edge, as well as the nearby dolphinarium, make Cattolica a great vacation for kids. Cattolica is famous for the theme park “Le Navi”, built in 1934 and renovated in 2000.

“Le Navi” is an interesting site to explore the history of piracy and seafaring, as well as the fascinating life of more than 2,500 sea creatures.

Grottamare Resort.

Grottamare is the most beautiful place of the Adriatic coast of Italy, situated 200 km to the south of Rimini, also called “Palm Riviera of the Adriatic”.

Snow-white villas and well-maintained embankments are immersed in the greenery of urban parks and countless palm trees, and the local cuisine is considered the best on the Adriatic. An undeniable advantage of Grottamare is the opportunity to buy goods of Italian manufacturers of clothing, footwear, leather goods directly from warehouses at lower prices.

“The Palm Riviera of the Adriatic extends from Gabicce Mare to San Benedetto del Tronto. Here is the most famous discotheque “Boia Imperiale”.

Pesaro is the largest resort of the Marche region.

The combination of green forests of the Appenine Mountains, which gradually turn into beautiful plains, and dissolve in a wide edge of the seven kilometers of sandy beaches with luxurious villas and colorful buildings of modern hotels, gives a special charm to Pesaro resort.

Sights of the resort of Pesaro:

  • Ducal Palace;
  • The fortress of Rocca Costanza, built in the 15th century;
  • The military fortress of the Sforza family;
  • Old Port;
  • Museum of the History of Ceramics of Central Italy;
  • Rossini House Museum;
  • Opera House and Conservatory.

Pesaro is the birthplace of composer Gioachino Rossini. The world famous Rossini Opera Festival is held here every August. The historical center of Pesaro resort is rich in Renaissance monuments. The suburb of Pesaro is full of medieval churches of the 13th-15th centuries, monasteries and ancient castles.

Venetian Riviera.

The Venetian Riviera lies north of the Adriatic Riviera and is located in northeastern Italy . The Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia coastline stretches for 110 km along the Gulf of Venice and the Adriatic Sea to Ravenna.

Venice is feminine and graceful, like the mesmerizing dance of a prima ballerina!

Venice is the center of informative sightseeing tourism.

Venice is a city of romantics, carnivals and international film festival!

The famous Venice Carnival is held annually in February, and the Historic Regatta (a race through the canals of Venice and costume parade of boats) – in September.

Beach holidays in Venice are represented by the real sandy beach Lido de Venice, located on an island that closes the entrance to the lagoon. You can reach it by boat in 15 minutes from the central square of San Marco.

There are international airports in Venice, Treviso and Trieste.

The Venetian Riviera is above all the famous resorts of Lido di Jesolo and Lignano.

The resort of Lido di Jesolo (35 km from Venice) lies on the border of the quiet Venetian Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea and offers 15 km of sandy golden beaches.

Lido di Jesolo is a relatively young resort, which began to develop intensively in the 1960s.

Beach holidays can be combined with excursions to Verona, Venice, Padua.

The resort of Lignano (50 km from Venice) is the ideal place for family vacations.

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Lignano is the place of concentration of children camps and recreation center “Adriatica”. The eight kilometers long coastline of this paradise is surrounded by a dense pine forest and the picturesque Morano lagoon with an aqua park.

The healthful air of the pine-trees and the absence of highways along the coast make the resort of Lignano a center of eco-tourism.

Bibione is a year-round thermal spa resort known since 1995, with fluoride-sodium mineral waters.

Pearls of the Venetian Riviera:

  • Lake Garda and its thermal resort, Cirlione;
  • Burano Island – the center of handmade lace;
  • Murano Island – the unique technology of Murano glass manufacturing;
  • Punta Verde Zoo;
  • Marine Reserve and Aquapark;
  • Amusement Park “Guliverlandia”;
  • Gardaland amusement park – an analogue of American Disneyland.

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. It covers three provinces: Veneto, Trentino and Lambardia. Its fabulous resorts of Riva del Garda and Cirlione captivate all tourists with whimsical plumes of mist, sleepy pines and the silent beauty of nature.

Abruzzo Region.

The Abruzzo region is considered the most sparsely populated in Italy.

The picturesque landscapes of the four National Parks and 40 local reserves, which occupy more than a third of the territory of Abruzzo, and the pure air have made this area of central Italy an ideal destination for eco-tourism. Lost among this beauty are medieval castles and ancient monasteries that create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

“Abruzzo National Park” Abruzzo National Park, founded in 1922, covers an area of 45 thousand hectares. The majestic caps of the Appenine mountains, the hillsides covered with beech, hornbeam, broad-leaved oak and maple forests, the mountain streams with waterfalls, as well as the blue glaze of lakes Vivo, Scanno and Barrea and the small towns that preserve the history of this reserve are objects to explore and contemplate on horse, bicycle, water and hiking trails.

Lakwila.

Lakvila is the capital of the Abruzzo region, founded in 1254. Its population is about 73 thousand people.

The town of Lakvila sits high in the Apennine Mountains (720 meters above sea level) and is bathed in the shimmering lights that give its image a mysterious quality.

The capital of Abruzzo is a small and quiet town . It’s cool here even in the sunny summer months, and in winter it can reach -20C. The snow-capped mountains of the Gran Sasso Massif are a “mecca” for fans of skiing (6 ski resorts).

Attractions in Laquila:

  • Lakvila’s main attraction is the 99 Jets Fountain . The reddish yellow and white stone trapezoidal fountain creates a composition consisting of 99 non-repeating masks of animals, people and mythical creatures, which from a height of two meters spurt jets of water raining down into the light fountain. The distance between the masks is one meter, so it is a grand structure! It symbolizes the merging of 99 villages into one city. The fountain was built in honor of the founder of the city by Emperor Frederick II in ten years (1262-1272) designed by the architect Tancredi of Corfinio;
  • The snow-white church of San Vito (13th century) with a sundial and remnants of a facade painting with the signs of the zodiac is on the square of the same name opposite the fountain and creates a feeling of heavenly patronage;
  • The Gothic-style Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, the largest temple in the city;
  • The 18th century Palazzo Persichetti palace complex, the keeper of a collection of paintings by Italian artists.

Every year in July the capital hosts the Jazz Night festival in Teatro d’ Annunzio (the 44th festival will take place in 2013).

Pescara.

Pescara is a port resort town with a population of about 130 thousand people.

Pescara is a transport hub with an airport and a railway station, which is located 120 km from Rome.

The symbol of Pescara – Trabocchi (Mediterranean wooden houses on stilts near the shoreline, located directly in the water). These are the dwellings of fishermen and their “work”. In July, the annual fisherman’s holiday “Sant Andrea” is celebrated.

The sights of Pescara:

  • Palazzo del Governo;
  • San Setteo Cathedral (1933-1938);
  • Caserma quarter with impressive fortress walls inside the city;
  • House of Gabriel D. Annunzio (17th century), the greatest Italian poet;
  • The city’s temples: the Holy Spirit and the Apostle Andrew;
  • Ponte del Mare (Bridge of the Sea, modernly built in 2009) – part of the cityscape. Its curved silhouette rises to a height of 465 meters above the mouth of the Pescara River and connects the two parts of the city. This bridge is designed for cyclists and pedestrians. Ponte del Mare is an excellent observation point;
  • The monument “Ship” (1987) is a tribute to the city’s fishing past. It is made of Carrara marble by sculptor Pietro Cashello.
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The coast of Pescara with its wide sandy-pebbly beaches stretches for 16 km.

The coastal sand looks like a thin pink crescent in the light fog before the immense expanses of the sea, drenched in the sun!

Puglia. The Adriatic coast.

Gallipoli city in Puglia region. Italy.

Puglia – a land of mysterious grottoes and islands, shady forests and green plains, sandy beaches and rocky islands.

The capital of Puglia is Taranto . In August and September there is the Apulian Cheese Festival (home cheese).

Taranto is famous for its Archaeological Museum and the Cathedral of San Domenico Maggiore, founded by Emperor Frederick II in 1223.

Bari is a port in the south of the country, the beginning of the “heel of the Italian boot.

The secret of Bari lies in the unique combination of modern architecture with buildings from the Middle Ages and the ancient Romans: the ancient Petruzelli Theater, the Cathedral of Sabe Sabino.

The Basilica of Bari has kept the main Christian shrine – the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker since 1807.

Foggia is a commercial city and a transportation hub of the same province and the entire Puglia region.

Excursions to the main city attractions include the colorful Botanical Garden, the remains of the palace of Emperor Frederick II of the 12th century and the Conservatory, and the ruins of the Roman town Arpi.

The heart of Foggia is Arpi street with part of the ancient fortress wall of the city and the gate, now called the “Three Arches”.

For those who crave the “unknown” and are ready for a change will approach exactly Puglia!

Adriatic resorts for family holidays – what to choose?

Adriatic Sea washes four countries: Italy, Montenegro, Albania and Croatia. And each resort is different and unique. Therefore we have collected useful information and nuances of each of these countries, which might be useful for traveling to this region.

Montenegro

Montenegro is one of the most affordable vacation countries on the Adriatic coast. Here you can always find a cafe with reasonable prices and huge portions of delicious food and inexpensive hotels. In addition, do not need a visa, if the duration of the trip is less than 30 days. And this is often a decisive factor in choosing.

There are other advantages. Montenegro is safe for holidays with children. Many of the local people understand Russian, are hospitable and friendly. You can stay in the lively resort town of Budva and its suburbs. Or, on the contrary, you can enjoy solitude and tranquility in one of the cozy bays of the coast.

Montenegro

For staying with children you can consider the following options:

  • Aleksandar 4* (Budva)
  • Budva Inn 3* (Budva)
  • Castellastva 4* (Petrovac)
  • Villa Milica APT (Petrovac)
  • Iberostar Bellevue 4* (Becici)
  • Villa Eden 4* (Kotor)
  • Accommodation Royal Azur (Dobra Vode).

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Montenegro is a small country. Theoretically it is possible to travel around it during the vacations, if you visit only places from the list of must-see.

Croatia

Croatia has a lot to surprise its guests. Unusual coastline indented with many islands, small beaches, comfortable and clean, small towns with tiled red roofs, as if specially created for walking. There are many family factories that produce olive oil, wineries, and even truffle farms in Istria.

Another argument for a holiday with children in Croatia, located on the impeccably clean Adriatic coast with luxurious nature and mineral springs – almost no more expensive since last season tourist services. Hotels with excellent service and gourmet restaurants will please even the most discerning tourists.

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But there is a minus. In contrast to Montenegro, in Croatia visa is needed. Its registration will cost 35 €.

In the resorts and hotels for small tourists will be fun and comfortable, contrary to the opinion that with children in this country is nothing to do. For a family vacation suit a lively tourist center of Porec with well-developed infrastructure, preserved historical monuments and equipped beaches or suitable for a quiet holiday Umag with comfortable bays and pine forests, with the best beaches in the country and interesting programs for young travelers.

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Hotels for families

In Poreč these are three hotels located in the same park area with swimming pools: the extensively renovated Hotel Park Plava Laguna 4*, the new hotel Garden Suites Park Plava Laguna 4* with suites with kitchenettes convenient for children, and Apartments Park Plava Laguna 4*. Nearby there are tennis courts and the beach is 100 meters.

In Umag family tourists are attracted to Hotel Sol Sipar for Plava Laguna 4 * on the first line with a beautiful promenade along the sea leading to the historic center of the resort. Surrounded by pine trees in the common area are hotels Residence Sol Umag for Plava Laguna 4* and Hotel Sol Umag for Plava Laguna 4* with cycle centers, tennis courts, children’s club and tourist trains that take you to Umag.

In the resort Solaris you can consider hotels Andrija 4* and Villas Kornati.

Croatia is a very beautiful nature. And it is impossible to imagine a vacation in this country without excursions and walks by sea. There are a lot of interesting places to visit: the city of Dubrovnik, National Park Krka (Sibenik) and Plitvice Lakes, Brijuni Island, Diocletian’s Palace (Split), Roman Amphitheatre and ancient ruins (Pula), Vranjaka Cave (Kotlenica), the Kvarner Bay.

Albania

For Russian tourists this destination is quite new, but not less attractive.

The quality of the vacation is up to European standards. The warm sea, a friendly atmosphere, pleasant prices for food, quality brand shoes and clothing: several times lower than in neighboring European countries. The food is only natural – no harmful chemicals are used in agriculture.

Visa to Albania in the summer season is not needed. It is canceled for Russians from April to the end of October. A passport is enough to enter the country. From Moscow tourists are taken by charter flights during the high season. The flight takes 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Albania

There are also enough beautiful sights: the largest freshwater reservoir in the Balkans – Lake Shkoder, Tirana and its unique national park Daiti, the historic city of Kruja and the city-museum of Berat, Onufri Museum of Iconography – all this is on the list of must-see.

Tourists from other countries have long appreciated the rest in the resorts of Albania: Saranda, Vlora, Durres, Shengjin.

The resort of Vlora (the airport is 148 km, transfer takes 2.5 hours) is more focused on a quiet holiday. To the north of the city are sandy beaches. There, where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet, the beaches are shallow and pebbly.

The most respectable resorts and “instagram” points of Albania are “Albanian Seychelles” Saranda and Ksamil with water of bright azure hue. Noisy, fun, with an abundance of night restaurants, clubs and discos resort Saranda is more like a party youth. It is only 12 km away from the Greek island of Corfu. If you have a “Schengen”, you can visit it by taking a ferry.

For a holiday with children, experts recommend the central part of Albania with the resort and the ancient city of Durres with the longest sandy beach in the country. During the season the sea is very warm and the water entrance is gentle.

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Hotels for families

  • Albanian Star Hotel 4 * (Durres)
  • Gloria Palace Hotel 5* (Durres)
  • Leonardo 4* (Durres)
  • Horizont Hotel 4* (Durres)
  • Akileda Hotel 3* (Durres)
  • Sun Hotel 4* (Durres)
  • Whispers Hotel 3* (Durres)
  • Regina City 4* (Vlore)
  • Apartments Genti 4* (Vlore)
  • Apartments Rezidenca Panorama 4* (Vlora)
  • Rafaelo Resort 4* (Shengjin)
  • Klajdi 4* (Tirana)
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Italy

The Adriatic coast of Italy, which can be divided into the Adriatic Riviera, Venetian Riviera, Abruzzo and Puglia regions, has many popular and famous resorts. From May to October there is excellent weather for holidays. These places are loved by tourists from Europe, Russia, and the Italians themselves.

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The Adriatic Riviera consists of two regions: Emilia-Romagna with resorts that are particularly good for holidays with small children, and the Marche region. It is 300 km of Adriatic coast, dry hot summers with water temperature of +21-26 ° C and air temperature of +26-28 ° C.

The resort of Rimini with a huge number of long beaches with fine sand, well-developed hotel base and reasonable prices is probably the most popular. It is the center of the region, a seaside resort. You can fly here from Moscow without changing flights. From Rimini you can go on excursions to many Italian cities.

In the same region there are many children’s entertainment: amusement park “Mirabilandiya”, “Italy in Miniature”, showing the wonders of culture and architecture of Italy, Buratino and Merlin’s castles in the park “Children’s Fairy Tale”, water parks “Aquafan”, “Atlantic”, “Beach Village”, dolphinarium.

Other popular resorts in the region are:

  • Riccione is the center of an elite resort area with a well-appointed beach, respectable villas and hotels. It is the site of film and theater festivals.
  • Cattolica is located in a small bay, well protected from the wind. At the edge of the shore is shallow water. Nearby is a huge dolphinarium, the park “Le Navi”. The resort is great for families.
  • Grottamare – “Palm Riviera of the Adriatic. A beautiful resort, immersed in the green palm trees. It is located 200 km to the south of Rimini.
  • Milan-Marittima is a respectable, elegant, green resort, surrounded on all sides by pine groves, with an excellent infrastructure, high-class hotels, including those for families. It is a vast park town with a clear sea, water parks and children’s amusement park, located 35 km from Rimini airport, and is part of the town of Cervia, with beach resorts stretching for kilometers along the coast.

The Marche region and its largest resort, Pesaro, is famous for its monasteries, ancient castles, medieval temples and the annual August “Rossini Opera Festival”, which was born in this city.

The Venetian Riviera is the northeast of Italy. The coast stretches along the Gulf of Venice and the Adriatic Sea for 110 km to Ravenna. International airports are located in Venice, Trieste and Treviso.

Venice is the center of sightseeing and cognitive tourism, a city of romance, international festivals and the famous Venetian Carnival.

Beach recreation in the area is mainly represented by the resorts of Lido di Jesolo (on the border of the Adriatic Sea and the quiet Venetian Lagoon) and Lignano, located in the picturesque Morano Lagoon.

The resorts of Italy’s largest lake on the Venetian Riviera, Lake Garda, are also attractive to families.

Lake Garda

The Abruzzo region is the central part of Italy with stunning landscapes of 40 local reserves and four National Parks. Its capital city of Lakvila is high in the Apennine Mountains. The variety of natural attractions and clean air are attractive for ecotourism.

There is another resort of this region with wide pebble-sand beaches – the city of Pescara, situated 120 km from Rome.

Puglia is the easternmost region on the Adriatic coast, the “heel of the Italian boot” with mysterious rocky islands and grottoes, historical monuments and sandy beaches. These places are interesting from a sightseeing point of view, even for sophisticated travelers.

Wherever you go on the Adriatic: in Albania, Montenegro, Italy or Croatia, you will find something to interest you. All resorts are original and have a special flavor. Here, apart from a beach holiday, a lot of opportunities for recreation with children and exciting excursions. Unforgettable vacation!

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