With its canal cities, lagoons and lakes, Veneto has some of the longest coastlines in Italy. We pick out five of our favourite beaches in Veneto – from Venetian Riviera classics to Lake Garda gems…
Caorle Beach, Venetian Riviera
Caorle stretches out north-east of Venice. The beach is a series of bright gold sands lined with sunloungers, parasols and and beach huts, and topped with the lemon-yellow Shrine of Our Lady of the Angel. The town sits behind, serving up the perfectly cylindrical tower of St Stephen’s Cathedral and Aquafollie Water Park.
But although well-supplied with sunbeds and beach cafés, Caorle is still a fishing town at heart. Primary-hued fishing boats brighten the old harbour, Porto Peschereccio, and traditional fishermen’s huts still perch next to the lagoon.
- Where to stay: The four-star Hotel San Giorgio, which lays out loungers on the gold-sand beach.
- How to get there: Drive or book a private transfer. Caorle is 50 minutes away from Venice Airport.
- Our recommended day trip: Explore lovely Treviso and taste local wines at the grand Castello di Roncade.
Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera
Lido di Jesolo is one of the most sought-after spots on the Venetian Rivera – and that’s largely thanks to its 10-mile-long beach.
There are lots of things to do for families, including Aqualandia waterpark and the New Jesolandia fairground. The long stretches of flat sand make cycling easy, plus there’s a couple of golf clubs for budding Phil Mickelsons.
Come evening, the beach bars turn up the volume and the cocktails flow. For something a little quieter, retreat to the pizzerias of Bafile Road.
- Where to stay: Hotel Mirafiori is great for families, while Hotel Le Soleil and Hotel Cesare Augustus head down the luxury route.
- How to get there: A half-hour drive or 40-minute bus journey away from Venice Airport.
- Our recommended day trip: For a change of scene, join a trip to Venice.
Malcesine, Lake Garda
The little beaches in Lake Garda are pretty tucked away – but that’s the beauty of them. Malcesine Beach is one of the few kitted out with sunloungers and parasols in the summer. It also comes with a dramatic backdrop, thanks to the crenellated towers of neighbouring Scaliger Castle and mountains opposite.
- Where to stay: Hotel Maximilian fills a pretty beach-lined peninsula.
- How to get there: Fly into Verona, before hiring a car or hopping in a private transfer to Malcesine. It’s about a 1 hour 15 minute drive.
- Recommended day trip: Spend a whole day exploring the spectacular Gardesana driving route – one of the most scenic drives in Italy.
Grado, Venetian Riviera
Grado has been a hit since Roman times, and became especially popular during the 19th century when visitors used to take a dip in the thermal springs. Although the waterfront is all-modern – expect a glossy marina and luxury hotels – it’s got plenty of leftovers from its past, including a winding old quarter with elaborate Belle Époque buildings.
Location-wise, Grado perches right at the mouth of the Marano Lagoon, towards the far end of the Venetian Riviera. This northerly spot lends it a more laid-back feel.
- Where to stay: Laguna Palace Hotel, which comes with a lagoon-view swimming pool.
- How to get there: It’s easiest to catch a flight to Venice and get a private transfer to your hotel (1 hour 30 minutes).
- Recommended day trip: Go on a boat trip into the lagoon lined with traditional fishermen’s huts.
Bibione Beach, Venetian Riviera
Bibione is a Venetian Riviera classic, having been a favourite with Italian sun- and sand-seekers since the 1950s. With that in mind, it’s no surprised that it fires on all cylinders, dealing out sunloungers, changing huts, beach showers, a picturesque lighthouse and a few miles’ worth of bike-friendly promenades. And it’s all wrapped in a shroud of green pine trees.
- Where to stay: Laguna Park Hotel, which comes with its own private slice of beach.
- How to get there: Bibione is just over one hour’s drive away from Venice Airport.
- Day trips: Head 10 minutes up the road to the vineyards of the Lorenzonetto Cav. Guido Winery. Try a house Malbec or Merlot and take a bottle of bubbly home as a souvenir.