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The golden sandy beach is a huge attraction in the charming resort of Cattolica, but there are plenty of things to see and do if you can manage to tear yourself away from the beaches relaxing magic.

Known as the ‘Queen of the Adriatic Riviera’, Cattolica is a little gem located just 14km south of its busier and better-known counterpart, Rimini. It provides a sheltered beach that is popular with watersport lovers and sun worshippers alike.

The quaint town of Cattolica is filled with restaurants and markets and is a wonderful place to wander and relax while taking in the laid back atmosphere, if you should need a break from the beach. There is also wonderful seafront promenade to stroll lazily along, exploring the kiosks, shops and perhaps stopping for an ice-cream. In the summer time, visitors can take in the sights of the ‘Dancing Fountains’, a show which is held in the square at scheduled times. Jets of water rise and fall to the rhythm of music and spectacular coloured lights.

In the summer months the ‘Queen’s Arena’ hosts a number of wonderful outdoor concerts with some national and international celebrities performing. It is used as an important centre point for the ‘Notte Rosa’ or ‘The Pink Night’, a major festival held on the 7th of July in the Adriatic Riviera, which sees all the resorts along this stretch of coast turn pink in a joyous celebration of music, dancing special events and fireworks.

The Cattolica Aquarium is a popular attraction in the area, and for good reason. It is the second largest public aquarium in Italy and features over 100 exhibition tanks. Visitors can learn about the history of sea life as well as getting the opportunity to see numerous sea creatures up close. This is a fascinating and fun day out for children and adults alike.

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Things to do in Cattolica

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    Cattolica Aquarium

    Just a stones throw from the beach of Cattolica lies the largest Aquarium on the Adriatic coast, just waiting to be discovered! There are more than 100 display tanks on show here and there is something for all of the family to enjoy.

    Prices From €20

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    Cattolica Aquarium

    The Cattolica Aquarium is a must see when visiting the area. With more than 100 display tanks to see, 2,500,000 litres of seawater are home to over 3,000 specimens of 400 different species! This is a great way to spend the day. The entire family will be enchanted by sharks, penguins, giant turtles, jellyfish and a huge range of other sea dwellers.

    To ensure that you make the most out of your visit here, the Aquarium is divided into thematic routes so that you can pick and choose your favourites and make sure you get enough time in each route.

    Adults: €20

    Kids: (from 100 cm to 140 in height) €16

    Kids up to 1 metre: Free

    Find out more on the Cattolica Aquarium website.

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    Mirabilandia

    At Mirabilandia, a fantastic theme park in the Emilia-Romagna area, there are activities and attractions to suit everybody's pace, whether you want the slower, easier going rides or the thrills and spills of an adrenaline pumping roller coaster, it’s all here.

    Prices From €36

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    Mirabilandia

    At Mirabilandia, a fantastic theme park in the Emilia-Romagna area, there are activities and attractions to suit everybody's pace, whether you want the slower, easier going rides or the thrills and spills of an adrenaline pumping roller coaster, it’s all here!

    For those who want the faster pace, choose from 6 heart pumping options that are sure to get your pulse racing. The Katun is the first inverted roller coaster in Europe and travels at a gobsmacking 110 km/h with a 360 degree loops and a 50 metre jump and the iSpeed is for you if speed is your thing. This ride travels as fast as a Formula 1 car and accelerates from 0 to 100km in 2.2 seconds- not for the faint hearted!

    If a slightly slower pace suits your needs, there are lots of options too, with themed amusements that suit all age groups.

    And of course there are slightly more tame options for the younger kids and those who want a bit more of a relaxing pace on their holiday. Take a trip among the dinosaurs on board a great Jurassic egg with the Monosauro or take to the Mini Rapids with the little ones on a log toboggan through a flooded river.

    There are also performances and shows to take in while you're here as well as plenty of places to stop for food and snacks, ensuring that you can make the most of your day here.

    Adults:€36 from the ticket office, €25 online

    Kids:€30 from the ticket office, €23 online

    Family ticket (2 adults and 2 kids below 140cm): €128 from the ticket office, €100 online

    Book your tickets online, in advance and find out more about the park on the Mirabilandia website.

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    Italy in Miniature

    Experience all the sights of Italy in one wonderful trip at Italy in Miniature. Each miniature is a careful reproduction of some of the most celebrated monuments and places of historical and artistic interest in all of Italy.

    Prices From €23

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    Italy in Miniature

    Italy in Miniature is one of the best theme parks around and one of the most unique in all of Italy. There are a wealth of attractions to discover here but the most impressive is the faithful reproductions of the main monuments and places of interest that Italy are so well known and loved for. There are over 270 miniatures perfectly depicting the beauty of Italy.

    St. Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi fountain, the Duomo of Milan, the monumental Verona as well as the Alps and much much more can all be seen here and Venice, with its Grand Canal is created virtually identically to the original, just five times smaller! Take a boat ride to explore its every corner, just as you would in the real Venice.

    There are many other fun ways to spend the time here such as water slides, a human catapult, the Cannonacqua for water battles and much more. You can take a trip on Europe’s first monorail which runs through the park at 6 metres above the ground and offers some fabulous views of the entire place.

    Take a full day to explore everything that Italy in Miniature has to offer. You can stop at the various food courts and picnic areas to enjoy some lunch and there are several shops where you can buy souvenirs and local products.

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    Aquafan

    This hugely popular water park is one of the most established in all of Italy and is well and truly worth a visit. With a huge range of attractions for smaller children, older kids and of course adults will love this place too! Whether you like to take it easy relaxing in the sunshine, making the most of the fantastic water facilities or you prefer some pulse racing, adrenaline pumping slides, you’ll love Aquafan!

    Prices From €30

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    Aquafan

    Thanks to its attractions, entertainment and in particular its list of well known musical acts that perform on the Aquafan stage year after year, this water park has earned a name for itself as a fun-filled whirlwind for people of all ages.

    ’Cartoon Network Beach’ is a special kid’s zone where members of trained and fun staff are on hand, ready to entertain kids of all ages with fun and games. In this part of the park is the popular ‘Noah’s Ark’ which children can explore and safely climb to explore the thousands of cute animals aboard before sliding down one of the four slides and directly into the children’s pool. The Elephant swimming pool is also a big hit and ideal for smaller children as it is only 50cm deep. It features three small slides that come out of the pink elephants belly. There are plenty of fun and safe activities for smaller kids to ensure that they have a day to remember.

    For those who like high speed, pulse racing, adrenaline pumping action, there are fast rivers, waterslides and a whole host of activities to satisfy your needs. The Kamikaze is high on the list for those who like a speedy thrill. It has two 90 metre long slopes where the descent reaches speeds of up to 70 km/h!! Or try the Speedriul, a funnel shaped slide that “swallows” visitors after they spiral towards the mouth of the slide. And don’t forget the newest addition to the park ‘The Black Hole’, a slide that is sure to make you face your fears. It is 208 metres long and 20 metres high and you slide into the unknown, completely in the dark!

    And For those who want to spend a less crazy day at Aquafan, or maybe if you need a bit of time out from the thrills and spills, there is plenty available to those who want to chill out and relax in the Italian sunshine. Hop on a rubber dinghy and let the gentle current of the Slow River carry you gently along, take a cool dip and enjoy a swim in the large central swimming pool. Here you can enjoy the gentle lapping of the wave pool. Or why not try the the large Poseidon whirlpool tubs.

    Prices from: €30 for adults (valid for 2 days)

    Kids from 100cm to 140cm in height: from €21 (valid for 2 days)

    Kids up to 100cm go free

    For more details visit the Aquafan website by clicking here.

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Tailormade Holidays in Cattolica

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