Sun yourself by the sea
Of all the towns of the Venetian Riviera, including Caorle and Bibione, it’s Lido di Jesolo that proves the most popular. As the longest beach in mainland Italy, this is where the majority of the resort complexes are based and it’s a favourite for those booking package holidays to Italy. It’s among the few places in the country that was built on the same ideals as those of holidaymaker havens like Cyprus and Spain.
You can expect modern comforts and endless sunshine to grace your time by the sea here. Lido di Jesolo’s beach stretches for around 15 kilometres and is popular with couples and families as much as friends travelling together.
It’s a Blue Flag beach as sublime as it is inviting, where watersports like windsurfing and waterskiing are available to people of every skill level. Further afield, the beaches of Chioggia and Bibione offer a more traditional approach for downtempo days by the coast.
Get involved in the community
There are varied shopping and dining experiences on offer across the Venetian Riviera. Favourites include Lido di Jesolo’s Friday market, where local wines, cheese and crafts are yours to peruse, as well as dining options like El Refolo in Venice itself.
A gondola ride through the canals of Venice is a treat you simply have to experience, as it’s a city built across over 100 tiny islands and connected by smart bridges and grand arches.
The city is magnificently photogenic, and you’ll find that travel by water is a great way to see the wider sights of the Laguna Veneta beyond the city, too. You might also find your journey on the water joined by bottle-nosed dolphins.
Staying lively after dark
When the sun goes down on the Venetian Riviera, there’s still plenty to keep you wide awake. Luckily, the mix of venues gives plenty of opportunities to find a nightlife activity that suits your mood, from night-time gelato by the sea through to the warm tones of jazz wafting into the air from bars in Venice like Cafe Noir and Bacaro Jazz.
Cocktail bars, wine venues and late-night coffeehouses keep everyone feeling fresh, while those of you looking for a true experience of the region’s party atmosphere can head to the bustling nightclubs of Lido di Jesolo.
Here, hotspots like Il Muretto see DJs from across Europe playing the freshest house music there is, all under a tapestry of blazing lights and bouncing hands. There’s also the Vanilla Club to consider, which leans more on the R&B side of things. Of course, bars and lounges across the Riviera remain open long into the evening, so you’re always close to the action.
Keeping the kids active
If you’re travelling the Venetian Riviera with the little ones in tow, you’ll not be short of activities to keep them amused. Blue Flag beaches are abundant here, while local attractions make planning fun days out a breeze.
The most famous family crowd-pleaser is Aqualandia waterpark, which is Italy’s largest and is packed with chutes, flumes, slides and splashing good fun. Family days out across the region are a joy and are guaranteed to keep kids and adults engaged.