Sitting between the Marano Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea, holidays to Lignano Sabbiadoro team a buzzing coastline with nature walks and cruises.
Writer Ernest Hemingway called this place ‘the Italian Florida’, and it doesn’t take long to figure out why. Originally a sleepy fishing village, it’s mushroomed into one of Italy’s most popular beach resorts. It ticks a lot of boxes. For starters, there’s a thermal spa, an 18-hole golf course and a trio of theme parks all within easy reach.
A treasure of a beach
Sabbiadoro means ‘golden sand’ in Italian. And this place lives up to its name with an eight-kilometre-long stretch – one of the biggest along the Venetian Riviera. As such, it’s a favourite with walkers, who come to stroll along the soft sands. At the beach’s northern tip, you’ll find a photogenic, crimson-coloured lighthouse on the end of the pier.
Just behind the beach, you’ve got the Marano Lagoon – nearby Venice Lagoon’s twin. It’s home to a pair of nature reserves, which you can explore by boat. As you sail around, you’ll notice the distinctive cane-and-wood huts – or casoni – owned by the local fishermen. If you manage to wander inland, you’ll find a landscape blanketed by pines. It’s real hiking territory, so there are plenty of ready-made trails to follow.
Visits to Venice
On the sightseeing front, you’ve got a waterpark, a theme park and a zoo within five minutes’ drive. History-wise, there’s the pint-sized Santa Maria del Mare church, which has frescoes dating back to the 15th century. For the ultimate history fix, though, head to Venice. The drive’s about an hour and 20, and it’s even quicker on the train.
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