The Adriatic is the sea rolling up the shores of Rimini for a stretch of coast along 15 Km.
In this area the water is shallow and the ground sandy, so it is nice, agreeable and safe to take a bath, especially for children . Only far out on the open sea, the water can be somewhat deeper, a modest 100 m, while the depth in the south can be up to 1200m.
The seawater quality in Rimini is probably under tighter control than
anywhere else in Europe. For many years the Emilia Romagna region has monitored and controlled our “marine resource”. The water is constantly monitored for its suitability for bathing. The Struttura Oceanografica Daphne run by the Agenzia Regionale Prevenzione Ambiente (ARPA) is responsible for this and every week a report on the state of the sea is issued: > weekly news bulletins
Around 1950, erosion was first noticed around here, and some of the tourist places had to place breakwater barriers (made of big rocks) which over time made it possible to keep the water back and increase the beach areas.
The Adriatic Sea around Rimini is generous and rich in fish. Considerable numbers of fishing boats even today leave the port of Rimini every morning and return after several hours with anchovies, mantis shrimp, mullets, gobies, striped bream, plaice, cod, mackerel, cuttlefish, sole, mullet and scaldfish to sell them fresh in the local fish markets . Apart from fish, there are also clams, snails, pelican’s foot (garagolo in dialect), mussels, scallops, cockles etc.
At sunset the best place to wait for the fishing boats returning to port followed by a flock of seagulls, is the “Palata” (the dock's pier).