I don't know about you but come summer I can only take so much history and museums before I need a beach.
That's what the Venice Italy Beach Guide is all about. Discovering the best beaches near Venice.
My family are THE professional beach explorers. William, my son, is in charge of sandcastles and sand quality, my husband does the snorkelling and swimming, while me, the signora of the family, I am in charge of snoozing and suntanning.
So after years of exploring and snoozing away in the sun we have the answers. If you love beaches read on...
The beaches here are not quite up to the standard of the best beaches in Italy (see my review of these here) but they are still lovely and amongst the best beaches in the north of Italy.
If you aren't sure where they are visit our Best Beach Map .
The four beaches featured in our Venice Italy Beach Guide are the beaches that we think are the best beaches in the Veneto. All of the beaches are fairly near to Venice.
Have you discovered an even better beach? Let me know! I would love to add it to the site. You can send me your comments or suggestions at the bottom of this page.
Alberoni is the last Lido beach. Venice Lido has quite a few beaches but this is my top choice. Not anything spectacular but definitely a pleasant enough beach and free as well.
Surprisingly it does not look quite as much like an umbrella landing zone as so many of the beaches around the north of Italy and frankly I am not much into regimented rows of deck chairs and umbrellas.
One problem with this beach in August is trying to swim a little further than just dipping your toes into the water. Many boats and jet skis seem to think that the water is for them only and come very close to the beach with apparent impunity.
The beach is set in a nature reserve and really does seem a world away from the hustle and bustle of Venice. A great idea if you feel energetic is to hire a bike and explore the island.
For those who would like a good game of golf in Venice, the Circolo Golf Venezia course near here is excellent and the course is an ideal place to view some Venice Sunsets that are as good as sunsets get in Italy.
get to Alberoni you can take a ferry from Venice which takes forty
minutes. For more on the ferry, a map of where the Lido is and
visit the ferry operators site.
Alberoni is an excellent option if you want somewhere cheaper and quieter to stay, great for families, and still near enough to Venice to spend the day in the city.
The Hotel Villa Beatrice (view details) is considered by Italians as the place to stay – I haven’t personally stayed here though on a few visits, while writing the Venice Italy Beach Guide, I was impressed and friends of ours who have stayed here speak highly of the hotel.
We had never been to this beach but while preparing the Venice Italy beach guide some Italian friends suggested we spend a week at a great hotel in Bibione, a place where they often stayed. We did and I must say we all had a splendid time. Despite the beach appearing a little too regimented for my tastes at first sight I ended up liking the place.
I discovered a great little town, a superb spa resort – more on this on our spas page – and despite the umbrella rows the beach is very clean, the sea too was about as clean as I have ever seen the Adriatic.
The resort is surrounded by a fragrant pine forest – which really relaxes me and gets me ready to laze around on the beach in no time.
Bibione is also not that far from Venice and easily reached by train or car. If you go by train get off at Portogruaro station and catch the regular bus into town.
I would suggest you stay at the Hotel Bellevue. It's a 4 star hotel with its own private beach. Recently refurbished I was very pleased with everything about the hotel.
also like the fact that they offer a full English breakfast which I
hardly ever get in Italy and it does make a nice change to my usual first love of the day - cappuccino and croissant.
Rosolina and the next beach of Albarella are around sixty kilometers from Venice, just south of Chioggia, and easily reached from Venice Marco Polo airport by bus.
This beach is over 8 kilometers long, with clean, fine sand. Because of the size of the beach it is rarely overcrowded except for August and on weekends in July. Not only is this a long beach but it is over 100 meters wide.
You will need to put up with the regimented rows of umbrellas, but because of the size of the beach it is bearable. There is also plenty to do with most hotels offering swimming pools and tennis courts. I would suggest hiring bicycles and exploring a little as well. This is just the sort of place I like cycling - nice and flat.
I have never stayed overnight in Rosolina but normally visit while staying in Albarella. My advice is to stay in the great place I mention under the Albarella beach section and perhaps spend a day in Rosolina.
Next beach in the Venice Italy Beach guide is just along the road from Rosolina.
Albarella is the prettiest of the beaches in the Venice Italy Beach Guide. The beach is on a private island that falls within a nature reserve.
Albarella island is only about five kilometers long by two kilometers wide and is famous for having around two million trees. The name, Albarella, means Poplar tree.
The island is private – only guests staying here are allowed in and this place is really paradise if you have kids - my eight year old puts this as the number one beach.
If the kids have had enough of all the history in Venice, and mine usually has by lunch on the first day, then this is a great place to escape for a while and make them happy.
The benefits are numerous for a great family holiday. Some of the best points are:
• Virtually car free – you need to walk, cycle or catch the little island train to get around, which makes this island a fabulous place to explore and the kids can run free.
• Great concerts, shows and live entertainment in the summer.
• Superb choice of sports including a great golf course and Europe’s biggest salt water swimming pool.
• Nearly every type of water sport from sailing to deep sea diving.
• A great kids club that managed the difficult task of keeping my son busy from morning to night.
The Albarella Golf Hotel is the only choice. Apart from being in a stunning location (see picture at top of page) the hotel offers lots of extras from free bicycle hire, tennis, horse riding, fishing and golf at the nearby course.
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