All you can do on the beach in Rimini… and most probably you don’t even imagine! From traditional beach sports to innovative ones, such as Flyboard or Yoga in the hammock, Pilates on board the sup or on the sand, metabolic walking, football billiards or the thousands of sporting disciplines in the sea, from hydro-massage to eco-sustainable bathing and dog-friendly bathing.
Wellness, sport and fun on the beach
The beach and the new Sea Park form the largest open-air gym in Europe: here, between fitness islands and beach volleyball, beach tennis, foot volleyball and basketball courts, everyone can train in front of the sea in the way they prefer.
In the bathing establishments between 20 and 150 in south Rimini, about 100 micro-sports events are organised, including foot volleyball, table tennis, beach volleyball and beach tennis matches open to all sports enthusiasts: to participate, simply register directly at the bathing establishments involved or on social channels.
A fixed appointment on the summer calendar is the FootVolley Championship, which returns to the sand of Bagni 54-55 Le Spiagge di Rimini Sud, every Tuesday (from 30 May to 8 August). Teqball or BeTable are among the trendiest beach sports: it can be played by four people, in pairs of two, at Bathing Establishments 54/55, Bathing Establishment 84, and many other bathing establishments. With the Teq table it is also possible to play Teqvoly, a variant of beach volleyball that uses the same movements as volleyball in a smaller space.
For the entire summer season in the 9 lidos of Marea Rimini Spiagge (from bathing establishment 86A to bathing establishment 95 in Bellariva di Rimini) comes the Beach Game, a novelty for the 2023 bathing season. On a large ‘sports arena’ of 220 square metres there are 12 courts and many activities: from sports such as Beach Volleyball, FootVolley and Beach Tennis, with beach sports tournaments in an almost ‘professional’ context, to No Gravity Yoga lessons, hanging from special hammocks that facilitate Yoga positions, and Group Cycling lessons with Riccardo Moretti (every Wednesday and Saturday) to pedal in the open air on the 10 stations of the arena. In addition, accompanied by the spectacle of the sun rising from the sea, one can practise Ashtanga Yoga at Dawn.
From 30 May to 27 July, every Tuesday and Thursday the large facility also hosts the Beach Tennis Championships for women and men in fixed pairs, group formula, while every Wednesday from 7 June, from 7.15 pm to 8.15 pm, you can practise Handstand and Flexibility, a double workout in a single lesson that combines verticals and flexibility to achieve performative and healthy results, suitable for all levels. At Marea Rimini Spiagge you can also practice Sup Pilates with expert instructors throughout the summer, in the mornings on Wednesdays and Fridays, and if the sea does not permit it, lessons are held on land. Info and registration for sports activities at www.mareaspiagge.it
At Marina Centro, Bagno Tiki 26 offers Pilates on the beach lessons organised by PilatesStudio. Four days a week Eva Imbrunito and her staff hold beach matwork classes (Monday 7pm-8pm, Tuesday and Friday 8am-9pm, Thursday 7.30pm-8.30pm. For info and reservations: 391 777 7870 email@example.com). It also offers many other activities with certified sports instructors such as Crossfit, sports walking (walk on the beach), Zumba Fitness, Group Cycling, functional training, for days on the beach to dedicate to sport, wellness and fun. (info: www.bagno26rimini.com/sport-e-benessere/).
From the union of bathing establishments 35, 36 and 37 comes the Adriatic Village, a sort of village with services both for relaxation, with XL sun loungers or the suite lounge area, with beach umbrellas and gazebos overlooking the sea, and for sporting activities, thanks to the presence of coaches, instructors and trainers of land and water sports. Facilities on the beach include a fully equipped gym with fitness area, beach tennis, beach volleyball, foot volleyball and five-a-side football pitches, Teqball, table tennis and table football. Plus yoga, spinning, Pilates and Sup Pilates classes. Info: www.adriaticvillage.com
At bathing establishments 14 and 51 in Marina Centro on Wednesdays and Saturdays, people also meet up to practice Nordic Walking on the beach and return home tanned and fit. (info: 320 7433000 www.lapedivella.com/nordic-walking/), while at the Libra bathing establishments, the beach collective created from the union of bathing establishments 63, 63B, 64 and 65, equipped with a Body Building gym, this year you can also take part in Boxing and Thai Boxing lessons with champion Fabio Corelli.
Since last year, Rimini has also been practising Metabolic Walking, which includes marching, boxing and dancing movements and involves athletes and non-athletes of all ages. In June, July, and August, lessons on the beach start up again on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (5.30 pm) as part of the “un mare di energia” programme promoted by piacere spiaggia rimini (info: Fb/camminatametabolicarimini)
On the beach in front of Bagno 106B in Marebello (Coco Beach), it is possible to play Calcio Biliardo (football billiards): the game is played with feet instead of cues, with numbered balls instead of marbles, but it is played on a court that reproduces a real billiard table, complete with green cloth and side holes, and the rules are the same as those of American billiards (info: www.facebook.com/Cocobeach106b).
At Bagno 27 in Marina Centro, the Wellness Beaches are back for twelve weeks of meetings, holistic disciplines, postural gymnastics, yoga at dawn and in the water, and meditations with wellness operators divided between the beach and the hotel (info: www.facebook.com/lespiaggedelbenessere.it/).
Sport enters the water: active holidays at sea
Among all you can do on the beach in Rimini, you can do sport and have fun not only on the beach, but also in the water. All you have to do is go to one of the many nautical centres at bathing establishments 146, 118, 93, 78, 67-68, 62-63, 32-33, 8 South and at Lido San Giuliano (Darsena area). In these centres, in addition to renting equipment such as pedal boats, rowing boats, SUPs, paddle surfers, bumpers, you can also find sailing boats, dinghies, catamarans, wind-surfing, wave surfing and jet skis, and you can take SUP, sailing, wind-surfing, children’s swimming and water aerobics lessons.
Various opportunities for water-skiing activities are also offered: you can choose to go on one of the inflatables transported among the waves, such as the Twister (info: www.alladeriva. it), the crazy shark, or the extreme bull (available for example at the Miramare and Lagomaggio nautical centres), or fly over the sea with the Flyboard, to perform acrobatics with a jet under your feet (info: www.alfiosurvivor.it), or with the Hoverboard, also known as a flyboard, a floating skateboard to be used on the water (Bellariva nautical centre c/o Bagno 93 www.facebook.com/flyboardrimini/).
Wakeboarding, on the other hand, is a recently popular board sport that originates from the fusion of water skiing and snowboarding. Pulled along the water by a rope, you can perform all kinds of turns, jumps and manoeuvres (Rivazzurra nautical centre www.alfiosurvivor.it, Alla Deriva nautical centre www.alladeriva.it). And for the more daring, there is also Tubing, an inner tube dragged across the water. At Riki’s Tribú, the nautical centre and windsurfing school located at bathing establishment 78, you can also practice the ascending parachute and fly-fish, also known as the flying banana, a variant of the banana boat, designed for two or a maximum of three people, which remains almost suspended over the water while being dragged. The windkart, a small sailing catamaran with a mast without shrouds, is also used here for teaching purposes and is available for beginners’ courses (info: www.rikistribu.com).
One of the most popular sporting activities to be practised directly in the sea is the Sup (Stand Up Paddle), a reinterpretation of Hawaiian surfing, with the addition of an oar, thanks to which it is possible to make real sea crossings, suitable for everyone, and with beneficial effects on the body and abdominals. In Rimini it is practised on different beaches and in different ways, with many different boards. On Fridays in June, July and August at the free beach of San Giuliano, Darsena area, for example, Sup Yoga on the water is practised, an opportunity to practice Yoga on the waves of the sea in the magic of sunset. The classes, lasting about 80 minutes, are for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Organised by RiminiYogi, classes are held from 2 June to 18 August every Friday evening at 7 p.m. (Reservations are required on whatsapp at +39 3517466756) Info: www.instagram.com/riminiyo
For activities in the sea, at the new Sup Centre in the Adriatic Village you can choose from 20 different boards for training in the water according to the needs of swimmers and sea conditions. There is the possibility of attending courses (personal and group) with certified instructors and even sunrise excursions with boards, water beds and “The Dock”, a giant floating sup that can accommodate up to 10 people. Info: www.adriaticvillage.com
Also at the Blue Beach Nautical Centre & Swimming School at the Libra bathing establishments, from bathing establishments 62 to 69, you can find the Jumbo SUP, the giant sup that can carry up to 8 people, and you can take courses in yoga sup, wind sup, and Sup race for adults and children. Sup outings at dawn, with yoga classes and breakfast 100 metres from the shore, or at sunset for an aperitif in the waves, are very attractive. It is also possible to take seakayak courses to learn paddling techniques. But the real novelty this year is the electric pedalo, Go-go smart, a pedal boat equipped with an electric battery that makes movement less tiring during the excursion. There are two or four-seater boats. It is also possible to hire jet skis here (info: www.librarimini.it)
Around mid-June, BoaBay will also reopen, the floating water park in the Rimini sea, in front of bathing establishments 47-62, with slides, tunnels, inclined ramps, trampolines, platforms, a giant iceberg to climb and many other adrenalin-pumping inflatables, not forgetting the area dedicated to children, which they can enter accompanied by an adult (info: 380 3434368 www.boabay.it)
Sustainability, accessibility, solidarity and services
For several years now, Rimini has been increasingly attentive to the theme of the environment and sustainability, thanks also to the new Sea Park, which is renewing its 15 km of seafront with lots of greenery, sports areas, bicycle and pedestrian paths, dunes, Adriatic vegetation, open-air gyms and relaxation areas, responding to the philosophy of ‘seawellness’ and the liveability of urban spaces. Even the bathing establishments have followed the seafront redevelopment project, renovating the beach while respecting the environment and nature, with green spaces, devices that lighten the environmental impact, and with furnishings in ecological materials, proposing a new concept of sustainability and wellness by the sea.
Attention to the environment is reconfirmed with the plastic-free theme on the beach. The beach ordinance, in fact, prohibits the sale and distribution of drinks in disposable plastic cups and with plastic straws. Instead, glasses made of paper and of disposable compostable material or of dishwasher-safe and reusable plastic may be used. In the same vein, the ban on smoking on the shoreline, already introduced in 2019, is a measure designed to ensure the well-being of non-smokers and at the same time reduce the presence of butts on the shoreline.
In Rimini, bathing establishments always pay great attention to people with disabilities. Several bathing establishments have beach wheelchairs and special chairs to enter the water and move more easily on the sand. Thanks to the Mare per tutti (Sea for All) project, implemented through the cooperation of the Municipality of Rimini and the cooperative Ondanomala, the service for differently abled persons, which allows them to use the beach and access the sea with these devices, is also available at the free beach at the Port (Piazzale Boscovich) and at Miramare (free beach Colonia Bolognese). And again for the blind and visually impaired there are tactile walkways up to the beach umbrellas and Braille maps of the establishment (e.g. Bagno 38 Egisto, the first eco-sustainable and accessible bathing establishment in the northern area of Rimini www.bagnoegisto38.com or Bagno 27 in Marina Centro, where raised sunbeds are also available to facilitate sitting www.lacommunity27.it). Great attention is also paid to autism-friendly services. In fact, Rimini has been a member of the Autism Friendly Beach project for some time now, a territorial social network with the intention of offering families of persons with autism the opportunity to enjoy their seaside holiday peacefully. Info.
During the beach season on the beach there will also be plenty of room for solidarity thanks to the initiatives carried out by the Piacere Spiaggia Rimini Consortium (MareMonti project) together with the non-profit association Piccoli Grandi Cuori and the LinkOut project, an innovative software and a protocol for conscious reception, which allow autistic persons and their caregivers to attend the beach serenely by creating the 1st integrated system for conscious reception (firstname.lastname@example.org). Other initiatives include Marea per la Romagna, the campaign to support the L’Isola di Peter Pan nursery school in Cesena, which was hit by the recent flooding, through the purchase of a bracelet made by the Gioielli brand, available at the reception desk of the 9 bathing establishments of Marea Rimini Spiagge in Bellariva di Rimini. Or through the purchase of TIN BOTA T-shirts, you can support a charitable cause in favour of the region affected by the flooding.
In addition, as usual, the humanitarian initiatives of Rimini for Mutoko return, which, through games, sport, and entertainment, raises funds for charitable projects in Zimbabwe and Italy. Among the appointments: Men’s/Female Beach Tennis Tournament at the beaches from 21 to 25 Marina centro Rimini (25 June); Men’s/Female/Girls/Mixed Beach Tennis Tournament (22-23 July – Baths from 21 to 25), and again: FootVolley Tournament (10 July – Bathing Establishment 54), Boys’ and Adults’ Beach Volley Tournament (14 July – Bathing Establishment Carlino 65 and Bathing Establishment Luca 66-67, Torre Pedrera), and the ever-present RunRise, the non-competitive walk or run along the seashore open to all with the start at dawn on 15 July from Bathing Establishment 34. www.facebook.com/riminiformutoko
New this summer is beach umbrella sharing, i.e., the possibility of leaving a reserved beach umbrella free on days when you are not going to the beach. At Bagno Tiki 26, for example, those who have booked the beach using the Spiagge.it app can leave their umbrella available to someone else and the cost of the day not used can be used as a credit. In fact, the service allows those who have booked a beach umbrella for several days or for the entire season to share it on the days they do not go to the beach, so that other tourists can use it. In addition to Bagno Tiki 26, here are the other beaches with active sharing in Rimini: Rimini Terme Blue Beach, Bagno 14 Amarissimo, Bagno Arcobaleno 20, Bagno 38, Beach 41 Lucio, Bagno 44 Pino, Bagno 39, Bagno 42 Papaya Beach, Bagno Onda 43, Bagno 46, Beach 45, Bela Burdela, Kamoke Beach. Info.
An all-sports Sea Park
Walking up from the beach towards the Parco del Mare, the outdoor training solutions that can be found along Rimini’s new seafront promenade continue, offering the possibility of practising beachfront fitness in all its variations and throughout the year, in perfect integration with the many fitness islands or the facilities for padel, tennis and, among the latest novelties, the colourful “Rimini Beach Court” basketball playground, a stone’s throw from Piazzale Kennedy, always crowded to try a few shots from the lunette and some one-on-one challenges under the basket. Not far away, it is also possible to play padel, thanks to the presence of five panoramic courts that are always open, even in winter. Also on the seafront (near the port), the 3 courts of the Rimini Padel Club are open daily, also in the evenings, where, during the winter months, you can play indoors instead (info: www.facebook.com/padelrimini). The Padel evolution that goes by the name of Pickleball, a discipline that has been very popular in the USA for a few years now and is also invading Italy, has also made its debut in Rimini where, at the Torre Pedrera Tennis Club, it is very popular.