Rimini… when the Blogville team informed us that we have to move from Bologna to Rimini one day earlier than planned because of the earthquakes I didn’t want one extra day in Rimini – Bologna was nice. I informed them that I might miss the train by accident, but there was a shuttle bus coming to get us and that one is hard to escape so off we went. But after spending 10 days in Rimini I learned to like it, even though I had some serious doubts before I arrived – beach resorts are always beach resorts. Full of tourists, hard to find a local genuine atmosphere, often expensive and not that good food and even worse – menus in every language you can think of… you know what I’m talking about. I don’t really like it, but I can still enjoy my holiday, and I did. It’s however impossible not to enjoy yourself when you’re surrounded by lovely people. Rimini is the beach resort nightmare in several aspects, but when you are there you also discover that it has a lot more to offer as well, so if you don’t want to waste your time hanging on the beach or dislike the nightlife, do other things. Plenty of options, really, a week isn’t even enough!
Could I live there? No. Could I go back for a holiday? Absolutely. If you like the beach life – and nightlife, Rimini is good – although the sea is in a condition that several locals told me they don’t swim there, and I didn’t either, but I mean it’s doable and people were hanging out in the water so it can’t be that bad. But if you want clear water you should try some rock / stone beaches nearby Rimini instead of the main sand beach.
For the best food in Rimini you go to La Casina del Bosco and eat piadina. Try roastbeef first, then porchetta, and finally the nutella piadina. Heaven – and I loved the friendly staff. If you want to eat or drink on the beach, Habana Café at beach 44 is very nice (and the men in charge of the sun chairs at beach 44 are the best, I wouldn’t want to go to any other beach in Rimini anymore, love them!). For superb gelato you go to Gelateria Pellicano (Rimini Beach) and eat as much as possible, because it’s delicious. Another good place was Gelateria Bio Dolceneve in Borgo San Giuliano. Borgo San Giuliano was by the way the cutest place ever in Rimini with small narrow streets, beautiful bright houses, cobblestones, cats and restaurants around pretty much every corner – and apparently this was also Fellinis favourite place in Rimini. Sadly I didn’t have a lot of time to explore it this time. For drinks, nice atmosphere, food (if you have the patience to wait for a table – it’s popular) and local men (haha) you can go to Barrumba (beach 55). But if you’re a single woman in Rimini, don’t really go anywhere out (unless you want an Italian guy, or two, or five) because I tried and came back to the apartment 7 am. They’re everywhere. Dangerous.
Kitesurfing… lets not talk kitesurfing, but I have to. I suppose when you want something too much, you can’t have it. I didn’t get the wind I needed for practising. Rimini is not a great place to learn to kitesurf (however if you already kitesurf then the beach is there in front of you and just jump in the water, there were a few days with strong good wind) unless you’re going to stay there long enough to be able to wait for the right kind of wind (something that gets the kite up in the air, but something that doesn’t fly you all the way to Croatia). April-May is apparently better than June with more windy days. If you’re however there and want to give it a try, you should call Jimmy from Corsi Kitesurf Rimini (beach 86/86A, contact details on their Facebook page). Fluent in English and super nice guy.
The great thing about Rimini is that you get to a lot of places from there for a small money. Take the bus to Riccione beach, return ticket less than 3€. Take the train from Rimini to Fano and go skydiving (or go to their beach, water is more clear), return ticket is 6,40€ and takes just 40 minutes to get there. During high season you can take a boat to Croatia for a day trip or longer stay. In one hour by train you get to Bologna, less than two hours to Modena, three hours to Venice… Rimini is a cool place to be during the summer because of the beach, but it’s not that fantastic that I’d like to be there 24/7, so it’s good to have other options for day trips.
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