Beaches Venice (Italy)
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Where are beaches in Venice?
In the old town of Venice, swimming and bathing in the many canals is strictly forbidden. This also applies to the shores around the Old Town Island and to many other islands. Moreover, the water in the lagoon of Venice is not very clean.
On the territory of the city of Venice there are longer beaches only on the two long islands Lido and Pellestria. These two islands are the border between the lagoon and the Mediterranean Sea. Beaches on Lido di Venezia and Pellestrina are only on the east side. So the beaches are on the open sea side (Adriatic Sea) and not in the lagoon. The sandy beaches on Pellestrina and Lido are beautiful and many kilometres long. The water at the "spiaggia" (beach) is mostly clear and clean. Lido is very busy, but Pellestrina has quiet beaches even in high season.
Are there any beaches in the surroundings of Venice?
In the immediate vicinity of Venice there are many other very tourist beaches with thousands of hotels. Camping holidays are also very popular. Some of the largest campsites in the world are within 30 km of Venice. From many seaside resorts you can quickly reach the famous old town of Venice by bus or ferry. However, public transport in and around Venice is often overcrowded during the season.
Especially popular is a peninsula north of Venice with the two villages Cavallino-Treporti and above all the famous Lido di Jesolo.
But also south of Venice like around Chioggia and Sottomarina there are some areas very popular among tourists.
All beaches in this overview are outside the lagoon of Venice, so in the east. Within the lagoon, bathing in the sea is not very popular. Water pollution is still a big problem in the lagoon. The lagoon is largely separated from the sea by peninsulas and islands. The water exchange between lagoon and Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean) is rather low.
Beaches in Venice
Lido di Venezia
The island Lido directly east of the old town of Venice is 12 km long. Most of the east side of the island consists of good sandy beaches.
The advantage of Lido is its good location, but the high prices are a disadvantage:
The big plus of Lido is its proximity to Venice, especially if you have an accommodation near the ferry port "Santa Maria Elisabetta". From here water buses (ferries) depart every few minutes to the old town. 20 minutes after the departure one is already on the central Piazza San Marco with the top sights of the city.
The beaches are on the other side of the island Lido di Venezia. The island is long and narrow (less than 500 meters wide). From the ferry port it is a 10 minute walk to the beach on the other side of Lido.
Unfortunately, staying overnight on Lido is quite expensive during the season, almost as expensive as in the old town. Lido is very popular because of its location. Although the supply of hotel rooms is very large, the demand is even bigger, especially in summer. The island Lido has about 18.000 inhabitants, but feels like to be more populated by the many hotels and tourists.
Venice can be reached from Pellestrina about 1-2 times per hour by bus line 11 and ferry. The bus goes on a ferry to the nearby island of Lido (see above). In the north of Lido you change to one of the many water buses to Venice. Depending on where one gets on the 11 kilometres long and very narrow island Pellestrina, it takes about an hour or more by public transport to the old city of Venice.
On Pellestrina there are some hotels, but no bigger places. The whole 11 km long island Pellestrina has only 5.000 inhabitants.
Beaches near Venice
In the North: Lido di Jesolo and Cavallino-Treporti
Lido di Jesolo is one of the biggest holiday resorts in Northern Italy. Here you find the complete tourist infrastructure including water sports, amusement parks, a large aquarium and many more. The two towns are on the mainland and can therefore be easily reached by car. Hotels in Jesolo are much cheaper outside the high season than in Venice. The long sandy beaches are nice, but partly very well visited. Lido di Jesolo is rather a party resort with many young people, fast food and nightlife.
If you want to go from Lido di Jesolo or Cavallino to Venice for a day, you can take the bus (about every 30 minutes) to the port Punta Sabbioni in the south of the big peninsula. From there are often big ferries to the old town as well as direct boats to other popular islands of Venice - for example to Burano or to the glass island Murano.
In the south: Sottomarina and Chioggia
In Sottomarina are also great stalls with lots of tourism and hotels. The beach of Sottomarina is more than 5 km long. You can travel from Sottomarina to Venice by ferry or bus on various routes in one to two hours. Chioggia has a very beautiful old town with canals and so on. The city is rightly often called "Little Venice".
There are direct buses from Sottomarina to the old town of Venice. From Chioggia there are ferries to Pellestrina (see above) and then buses and ferries to Venice.