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Introducing holidays to Cervia

Relax on the beautiful Adriatic coast with a holiday to the Italian seaside town of Cervia. This historic town dates back as far as 700AD, and you’ll find many picturesque sights to enjoy, from the colourful houses and narrow streets, to the impressive Santa Maria Assunte Cathedral. Located to the south of Venice in the scenic Emilia Romagna region, the town is surrounded by 300 hectares of ancient pinewood and slopes down to a stunning 9km of golden sandy beaches. Cervia is known for its delicious regional food, so you can ditch the diet and embrace your inner foodie while you sample fresh Italian food at its finest. Mouth-watering homemade breads, pastas, seafood risottos and pizzas are all washed down with the outstanding regional wines. By evening you’ll find a lively selection of restaurant, street cafés and bars to explore, perfect for unwinding and indulging after a busy day on the beach.

Life’s a beach

Cervia’s long golden beach is a great choice for families. The soft clean sands and the calm shallow waters of the Adriatic are overseen by lifeguards along the whole 9km stretch and you’ll find fantastic beachfront amenities. Cafés and restaurants line the beachside promenade and there are plenty of sporting activities on offer to keep everyone entertained, from watersports to bowls. There’s even a family-friendly dance beach with music and games for the kids and a fun playpark for the little ones. The beach is well-organised with plenty of bathrooms and rows of sun loungers and umbrellas perfect for sunbathing. The beach is made up of private hotel areas and ‘free beach’ for everyone to enjoy so you’re sure to find a spot on this Blue Flag gem.

Top attractions

Cervia offers a tempting range of sights and activities, from beach lounging to historic landmarks.

Exploring the historic streets of Cervia is a must, with plenty of Italian charm to discover. The Piazza Garibalidi is the heart of the town. During the day you can enjoy bustling markets selling fresh foods and handmade crafts, then when the sun goes down the square often hosts events and concerts. The imposing San Michele Tower and the town’s beautiful cathedral are must-sees.

Cervia was built around the salt industry. Salt has been extracted in the area from saltpans throughout history. Visit the fascinating old ‘salt-men’ village, MUSA, the Salt Museum and ancient Salt Storehouses to discover how this was done.

The Cervia Thermal Spa is a must for anyone wanting to pamper themselves on their holiday. The lagoon mud therapy is renowned for its healing nature and is surrounded by beautiful, ancient pine forest.