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This was a business trip and birthday celebration combined and being the month of May we took full advantage of the clement weather. We chose the Grand Hotel Des Bains for its lovely spa & pool facilities, onsite parking, proximity to the coast and its old world charm. Perhaps on a future visit we might choose the Riviera Golf Resort, which is a short drive from Riccione set in an oasis of calm.
Before setting off I drew-up my own Hot List of places that I wanted to include - mostly places to eat and drink, plus an idea of the best shopping areas, which I've listed here. We also decided t o stop for lunch at La Terrazza in San Marino on the way.
As a vegetarian (me) and someone who isn't crazy about seafood (my partner), this was a bit of a challenge and I've not been able to include restaurants that I would have liked to have tried. So from the choices we had I selected these two: Settimo Piano, located on top of Hotel Lungomare and Hops, located just around the corner near the small tourist port. I also spotted the Hotel Doge (Kitchen & Winery) and Birrodromo which also deserved investigation. For delicious or naughty things such as cakes, ice-cream and coffee, I decided upon Sac a Poche, Gelateria Adler and Bar Italia!
Exploring the Town
As a self-professed shopaholic I needed to know where the main shopping areas were - Viale Dante, Viale Milano and Viale Ceccarini. In fact Riccione reminded me a little of Forte dei Marmi (almost exactly on the opposite side of the "leg" in upper Tuscany) in both layout and architecture. I loved the various 1930's buildings as well as the small port and the modern tree-lined promenade with its attractive fountains.
Exploring Further Afield
Just to the south of Riccione and Cattolica is the charming Borgo and Castle of Gradara, which could be worth a visit if you are fascinated by the Medieval era, not to mention Urbino and Gubbio if you're passing that way.
Sports & Other Events
For 2 & 4 wheel racing visit the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli race track.
Summing-up, I enjoyed our 3 days here, getting myself somewhat back in shape at the hotel spa and with energetic walks along the beach, however I felt that 3 days was enough at this time of year since it wasn't really hot enough to swim in the sea.
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