The Sea -Places of Interest in Friuli-Venezia Giulia

From the golden beaches of Lignano and Grado, with their shallow and sandy seabeds, to the rocky inlets of the Duino nature reserve, where vertical cliffs drop sheer into the waves. Relaxation, safety and fun, but also the charm of new experiences, carried out in natural surroundings, days full of activities. The sea in Friuli Venezia Giulia contains many offers in one. It is an ideal family tourist destination with certified facilities and a welcome programme which has been specially created to meet the needs of children and parents; at the same time, the summer in Friuli Venezia Giulia dances to the exciting beat of the glamorous Lignano Sabbiadoro; or relaxes in the silence and serenity of Grado’s lagoon and sandbanks; or follows the natural rhythm of the fishermen in Marano Lagunare. The 130 km of curved coastline washed by the Adriatic Sea, provide visitors with a wide range of seaside resorts.

Lignano Sabbiadoro – “Italy’s little Florida” by Ernest Hemingway – is the summer entertainment capital of N-E Italy. The combination of traditional sparkling nightlife with fashionable shops and boutiques makes Lignano a favourite tourist destination for young people and shopaholics. Synonymous with 24/7 joie de vivre, Sabbiadoro, with Lignano Pineta and Lignano Riviera, create a vibrant world of sports and healthy activities. The beaches are equipped with windsurf, canoe, aqua gym, parasail and gentle gymnastics lessons, as well as a well-planned lively entertainment programme and Wi-Fi internet access. The accommodation facilities, which include special services for families, a wide range of entertainment opportunities, including six different theme parks, as well as the characteristics of the coast itself – 8 kilometres of golden sand and calm shallow sea – make Lignano a perfect holiday destination for the whole family.

A spa town summer resort loved by Austro-Hungarian Emperors: along with the natural beauty of its lagoon and an exceptional microclimate that ensures a permanently sun-drenched coast, Grado, also known as the Island of the Sun, can be proud of the considerable beneficial effects of the sand and iodine-rich air, as well as of the Italian record of Blue Flag (Bandiere Blu) beaches. A true family destination, the town is often associated with its spas and its thermal water park, a true jewel displaying an 85 metre ergonomic swimming pool, equipped with whirlpool, waterfalls, thermal tubs, springboards and water games. Take a stroll in the elegant streets of the historical centre, a real gem of Venetian architecture, a maze of narrow and charming alleys and calli, where you will find the best local food and wine, traditionally based on fresh fish.

There is also something for nature lovers and more adventurous visitors: the steep rugged cliffs of the Karst coast. Why not enjoy the splendid panorama as you perch high on the winding road along the coast leading to Trieste? In summer, the whole shoreline teems with life in a swarm of small bathing establishments. The ones that stand out most are the fascinating Bay of Sistiana, with its view on the Duino Castle and the historical Pedocin in the city centre: the only beach in Europe with a wall that separates women from men, a legacy of the Austro-Hungarian era.

Don’t miss

  • ° Muggia, the only Istrian-Venetian town remaining in Italy, that boasts the remains of an ancient Roman
    settlement. The old town centre, crossed by the typical narrow calli, is stage to one of Italy’s oldest
    carnivals.
    ° Those who like sailing can be sure of finding the perfect holiday in Friuli Venezia Giulia, with its 23 fully
    equipped marinas and a total of 15,000 berths.
    °A visit to the Natural Reserves of Marano Lagunare and of the Stella river estuary where a number of
    ways to learn more about nature, from open-air activities (e.g. birdwatching) to workshops inside the
    aquarium, are offered.
    ° Spring 2014: opening of the Portopiccolo, a unique Mediterranean hamlet, set in the splendid Duino
    cliffs, where accommodation, restaurants, shops, spas and a small port can be found

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