Adriatic Coast

Cycling the Adriatic Coast

You may not think of the Adriatic coastline of Italy as one of the premier cycling locations in Europe but for years the area has become synonymous with cycling, being the birthplace of Marco Pantani and also of the cycle sportive with the Nove Colli. 

Adriatic Coast

The Adriatic coastline and the Emilia Romagna has been for many years a land of cyclists and it is also the birthplace of the great climber Marco Pantani, who trained in the hinterland hills. Both Rimini and Riccione are located in Emilia Romagna which is the most famous Italian region for exporting food in all the world (for instance Parmesan cheese, Parma ham and ragu bolognese).

 

rimini

Rimini, often referred to as the capital of Italian seaside tourism and nightlife. It has 15km of fine sandy beach with top-rate bathing facilities. The seaside promenade is lined with restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs with the city itself boasting an interesting historic centre, Roman ruins, and museums. 

Riccione

The less famous twin town of Rimini, Riccione is also one of Italy’s most famous sea side towns offering an abundance of hotels, restaurants and nightclubs much like Rimini. 

Cesenatico

To the North of Rimini there is a smaller town called Cesenatico. Famous for being the Nove Coli Sportive start town. It makes for a great stay for those wanting a quieter stay. With it's vibrant history and evidence of maritime tradition, Cesenatico is now a modern and vibrant tourist destination that welcomes guests from all over the world. It has a huge amount to offer visitors from fantastic restaurants, beautiful coastline and tremendous cycling routes.

Cattolica

Cattolica is a quieter option to the South of Rimini and Ricione. Tourism has been important in this old Roman town for centuries as it was originally a resting place for pilgrims on there way to Rome.

The Hills of Emilia-Romanga and San marino

The final option is to stay up in the hills. We have several natural thermal spa options for complete peace and tranquility, including some luxury hotels in San Marino. 

 

 

Bike highlights

Route highlight

Pass through sixteenth-century villages and fields covered in olive trees, medieval fortresses and gorges that were once strategic landmarks, travelling through charming territories on the border between Romagna, the Marche and Tuscany. For our favourite route click here

Bike difficulty

Difficulty level

The area of coastline is famous for being many athletes training ground and this is mainly due to the huge variety of terrain. This means both rolling terrain and more of a climb centric route can be designed depending on how difficult you would like the riding to be. Seek out the Colle del Barbotto if you like your climbing. Read more about our visit to the Adriatic coast here.

Bike best times

Best time to go

The weather along the Adriatic coastline is glorious most of the year but to avoid the crowds that flock to the beach and to the nightclubs in the months of July and August it is best to visit and go riding in either Spring or Autumn. Please also note the sportive Nove Collli in May.

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