At 11.5 kilometres, the Bibione Spaggia is one of Italy’s longest beaches. It averages at 400 metres in width, too, so there’s plenty of space for you and your towel. This long stretch of golden sand gently shelves out to the Adriatic Sea, and is covered with umbrellas and sunbeds available for rent.
Bibione has recently launched a massive project to bring free Wi-Fi to the Bibione Spaggia too, so doing the #hotdogsorlegs challenge just got a whole lot easier.
There’s also the Lido dei Pini at the entrance to Bibione – a beautiful natural beach area. Scattered behind the beach is a line of pine trees along with hotels, restaurants and shops, plus a promenade that heats up in the summer. It’s also the site of the Bibione lighthouse – also known in Italian as Il Faro di Bibione – but you’ll have to walk or rent a bike, as it isn’t accessible by car.
Bibione itself is largely a quiet and relaxing resort, but there are a handful of parks to keep the energy up in the summertime and keep this a favourite amongst families booking package holidays to Italy. Luna Park Adriatico is a traditional fairground clad in rainbow-coloured lights and activities like a ferris wheel and carnival games.
While out along the fringes of town, about 15 minutes away in Lignano, you’ll find Aquasplash, Italy’s very first waterpark. It’s a vibrant alternative to the beach, packed with a wave pool, high-flying slides and sunbathing gardens.
The Via Orsa Maggiore is the main drag in Bibione but, for some serious shopping, gems are found on the outskirts in area outlet malls. About a 40-minute drive from town is the Palmanova Outlet Village, where deals are to be found at designer stores like Guess and Calvin Klein.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, the Noventa di Piave Outlet Village is just a little further beyond. That’s where big names like Armani, Burberry and Gucci await, where you can get even bigger sales.
Though Bibione isn’t exactly a party capital, it still knows how to keep the night going with a handful of bars and dance clubs. For the most part you’ll find a casual bar atmosphere with a surprising number of international beers on tap and sports on television, but night owls need not be afraid.
The area’s collection of nightclubs will keep you occupied, featuring DJ sets, warehouse-style dancefloors and themed parties. On the whole, though, the party environment quiets down in the winter season, so rock up in the summertime for maximum after-hours fun.