My reason for going to Italy and specifically to Rimini was to watch the Offspring who were playing at Bay Fest. I had absolutely no idea what to expect of Rimini when I arrived but was completely surprised by how much I loved the place.
Rimini is situated on the Adriatic coast, on the north eastern part of the country. It is one of the most famous beaches in Europe, famed for its beautiful soft sand beaches, warm ocean and warm summer temperatures of 27 degrees.
On its long stretch of coast, there are hundreds of restaurants, bars, beach clubs, hotels and a few free beaches.
To go to the beach you in Rimini you have 2 options: you can go for one of the free beaches or go to the beach clubs.
Most people who go to Rimini will spend time at the beach clubs. When you reach the beach clubs, they have a reception where you’ll need to pay to use their facilities. Once you pay, you’ll have access to sun loungers, umbrellas, clean toilets, changing rooms and the safety to leave your possessions to go swim.
There is a variety of beach clubs available depending on what you feel like doing. Besides for the basic facilities, chairs and umbrellas, there can be outdoor sports like volleyball or beach tennis, table tennis or bouncy castles for kids depending on the club. The options along the coast of Rimini are endless.
My personal recommendation is paying for the beach clubs which are completely worth it and contribute to a fun and relaxing holiday.
On the free beaches you can arrive and leave as you please, great if you only want to spend a short amount of time on the beach or if you have your own umbrellas and chairs. There are free toilets and showers available, but you’ll need to bring along your own toilet paper or tissues and hand sanitiser.
The hotel I stayed at was chosen because of it’s close proximity to Bay Fest and for the fact that the hotel stood out as the nicest hotel in the area.
Absolutely everything was perfect about this hotel: the staff were most friendly and helpful, the hotel room was beautifully appointed with a view of the lovely beach, the bed so comfortable, well working aircon! The hotel itself was beautifully modern and spaceous. The breakfast I woke up to each morning was fantastic and the staff knew me well enough to have a cuppacino ready when I arrived! Definitely the best hotel I’ve been to. It was so sad to leave. 3 Nights felt way too short.
Beach 65 was right in front of Hotel Baldinini and the hotel offered free clean towels to take with to the beach. The beach club had a bar available as well as a restaurant. The sea was calm and warm, easy to jump into.
The hotel also had bicycles available, each with its own lock which I was extremely grateful to use to cycle around Rimini and to get from the festival and back again.