Top 5 Beaches in Veneto

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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

Sandy 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

Arial view of sunloungers on Lido di Jesolo Beach. Photo by Max Boettinger on Unsplash.

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.

Malcesine, Lake Garda

Hotel Maximilian in 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

Bird's eye view of 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

Looking over Bibione

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.

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