Are you on the lookout for some of the best beaches near Venice, Italy?
Not many visitors are aware that just a few miles away from Venice’s historical city centre, there are some fantastic beaches where you can relax and spend a couple of days under the hot Italian sun.
The Venetian shoreline stretches for miles and is characterized by golden and soft sandy beaches and shallow waters.
Best Beaches near Venice
These beaches are famous for being the ones with the best facilities in Italy and they’re particularly loved by families and group of friends.
Most of these beaches are only a few kilometres away from Venice and you get there by car or ferry.
Here you can read more about the best beaches near Venice, how you can get there and what they offer.
Is there a beach in Venice, Italy?
No, there isn’t a beach in Venice! However, there are beaches close to Venice and spending a day or two is a great way to relax after visiting the city of water.
To visit a beach near Venice is also a way to explore more of Veneto’s region.
What you shouldn’t expect is finding crystalline and turquoise waters typical of the south of Italy or to do snorkelling.
People love these beaches for their warm waters, the great amount of activities, places to eat and stay. They’re also great if you’re travelling with a baby or toddler.
Popular beach towns near Venice
The most popular beach towns near Venice are:
- Jesolo Lido
- Venice Lido
The Jesolo Lido is the most popular beach for young people and families. On the other hand, Venice Lido is one of the closest to reach from Venice city centre. For those staying in Mestre why not take this speed boat to get directly to the beach?
Another option to take into account if you’re in Venice, is Cavallino-Treporti and the Punta Sabbioni beach which are just 35 minutes away by Vaporetto from the city.
|Beach name||Distance from Venice||Transportation||Perfect for..|
|Lido di Venezia||15 or 20 minutes||Water taxi or water bus – lines number 1, 2 (seasonal), 5.1, 5.2 and 6 leaving from Piazzale Roma and the lines number 10 and 14 leaving from St. Mark’s Square||A day trip from Venice and get away from the crowds|
|Lido di Jesolo||About 1 hour||Bus 10a from Piazzale Roma or car||Young people for the nightlife and families for the shallow waters and sandy beach|
|Cavallino-Treporti||About 1 hour and a half||Water bus – from St. Mark’s Square get the line 14 to Punta Sabbioni or car||Avoid tourist crowds, free beaches and camping|
|Caorle||Less than 2 hours||Train + bus – get the train from Venice Santa Lucia to Trieste Centrale and stop in Portogruaro-Caorle and get the bus number 2 to Caorle or by car||Families with young children, relaxing beach holiday, the charming historic city centre|
|Eraclea||About 1 hour and a half||Bus 4 from Piazzale Roma or by car||Low-cost beach holiday|
|Bibione||2 hours||Train + bus – get the train from Venice Santa Lucia to Trieste Centrale and stop in Latisana-Lignano-Bibione and then the bus 7 to Bibione or by car.||Smoke-free beaches and thermal baths, great for families|
|Sottomarina||About 1 hour and a half||Bus – get the bus 58RE from Liberta’ Santa Chiara stop near Piazzale Roma and change bus in Santa Margherita with the bus E005-V to Sottomarina or by car.||Young people with its promenade full of beach bars|
How to get to the closest beach from Venice?
The closest beach to Venice is Venice Lido.
If you want to get there you can just take a ferry from St. Mark’s Square, the stop is called S. Marco-San Zaccaria ‘F’ and arrive in 15 minutes to Lido.
From there you can get to beaches like Alberoni beach or the Blue Moon beach.
The closest one is the Blue Moon beach, if you want to get to the Alberoni beach take a bus that’s 17 minutes away from the ferry stop.
Beach Towns Near Venice
Below is a list of some of the best beach towns near Venice. All of them are the perfect getaway from the city, some are wild, other ones well-equipped.
Choosing the right one is down to preference and the type of traveller you are.
Lido di Venezia
The Venice Lido is the Venetians’ beach. The island is located in front of Venice’s historical city centre and separates the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea.
It’s a ten kilometres long stretch of land and the beaches extend on the west side for almost the entire length of the island.
The most famous and well-kept location is the beach where the Excelsior Hotel is based. This is a luxurious hotel and the key venue for the Venice Film Festival.
The Venice Lido has some lovely huts, large cabins with an elegant liberty-style veranda all around. Moving from the VIP area you can find cheaper bathing establishments and free beaches.
The two beaches are called Blue Moon beach and Alberoni beach. As mentioned earlier, the connections between the Lido and the centre of Venice are very good with the water bus lines number 1, 2 (seasonal), 5.1, 5.2 and 6 leaving from Piazzale Roma and the lines number 10 and 14 leaving from St. Mark’s Square.
You can easily get there from St. Mark’s Square in 15 or 20 minutes time. If you’re staying in Mestre, I highly recommend that you get this direct speedboat transfer and save time instead of getting on the bus to Venice (then from Venice the water bus at the crowded stops of Tronchetto and Piazzale Roma). The boats leave from Parco San Giuliano in Mestre and the ride takes between 45 and 50 minutes.
You just need to get to the ferry and in 15 or 20 minutes get to the destination. You can also stay in Venice Lido and visit the wonderful Veneto’s capital city for the day.
In my Facebook Group I get asked where to stay in Venice Lido, as some travellers prefer to stay away from the crowds of Venice and enjoy the beach in peace.
Here’s a list of selected accomodation to stay in Lido for all budgets and tastes you can consult anytime. I recommend booking accommodation at least 2 months in advance as most hotels get booked fast and months before.
Lido di Jesolo
Lido di Jesolo is north of Venice and it’s the most famous beach in Veneto and also the most loved beach destination by young people.
Jesolo is popular for its long beach (15 km!) and via Bafile, a crowded pedestrian street busy both during the day and night.
Although the fame of Jesolo is linked to its nightlife, this location is also perfect for family holidays, for couples and retired people thanks to the extraordinary offer of accommodation (you can count on an impressive amount of hotels, apartments, studios and holiday villages) and services for all ages.
Apart from relaxing under your sun umbrella at the beach by day and go for long walks along the main pedestrian streets full of shops and restaurants by night, there’s more you can do in and around Jesolo Lido.
If you’re an active type, then you can hire a bike and discover Jesolo’s natural gems from the sea to the lagoon unique landscapes, cycling along rivers.
There are 12 cycle paths of different difficulties you can choose from, all perfect to explore the coastline and be surrounded by nature. You can also go on boat excursions and visit the close by Murano, Burano and Torcello or other islands of the Venetian lagoon.
Finally, if you’re travelling with children in the summer, you can spend a fun-filled day at the award-winning theme park Caribe Bay!
You can get to Jesolo from Venice by car or by bus 10a leaving from Piazzale Roma in Venice. You can also book your ticket in advance for a bus transfer ticket that travels between Jesolo Lido and Venice. That way, you can enjoy the air-conditioned ride from Piazzale Roma to the popular seaside resort.
Cavallino-Treporti is located on the final tip of the peninsula. The first beach town is Jesolo followed by Cavallino and Punta Sabbioni. This beach town is perfect for people who love more ‘wild’ beach holidays.
Here you can find less bathing establishments than Jesolo and more free beach areas. Also, the number of campsites is higher than the ones of hotels.
They’re famous for their high-standard facilities and to be some of the best in the country, like the 5 star Camping Union Lido, the largest camping site in Europe, with 2 swimming pools, water park and private beach.
The beaches of Cavallino are perfect to disconnect surrounded by less people and there’s almost zero nightlife. Punta Sabbioni, the southern end of the peninsula, is also part of Cavallino-Treporti.
It is located exactly in front of the Venetian island of Sant’Erasmo and north of the Lido: from here you can easily reach St. Mark’s Square by vaporetto.
As an alternative you can reserve your car parking ticket in Punta Sabbioni, get on a boat and head over Venice (avoiding all queues) by purchasing this round-boat trip to venice with free parking.
Before you make your way here, remember to pack some sun cream like this one to carry with you to avoid getting burned by the sun. The last thing you want is to be hiding from the sun when you have come here to spend time at the beach.
Caorle is a charming beach town with a lovely historical city centre. It’s certainly one of the most romantic Veneto’s seaside resorts.
The old town is dotted by colourful Venetian-style houses, narrow cobbled-stoned streets, artisanal and souvenir shops.
The highlight in Caorle is the seaside promenade leading to the lovely Church of the Madonna dell’Angelo.
There are two beaches in Caorle, one to the east and one to the west of the city centre. Both beaches have facilities with bathing establishments and free areas.
Here’s a list of some of my favourite things to do in Caorle:
💡 Local Tip: if you’re travelling with children, check out Porto Santa Margherita. This stretch of coastline near Caorle counts on many facilities, beach playgrounds and beach bars.
Eraclea is one of the best beaches near Venice for whoever is looking for a low cost beach holiday in Veneto.
The vast selection of hotels, apartments and villas here in Eraclea are cheaper than those that you’ll find over in Jesolo, Caorle and Bibione.
Still the quality of services is very good, and the sea is surprisingly clean.
In addition, Eraclea boasts a large pine forest that has earned it the nickname of ‘Green Pearl of the Adriatic’. The only downside to Eraclea is the lack of entertainment and nightlife.
Here’s a list of things you can do in Eraclea Mare:
The last Venetian beach you encounter before getting to Friuli Venezia-Giulia is Bibione.
Tourism has been the main source of income for several decades, but well before other seaside resorts Bibione has focused on eco-sustainability and cycle tourism.
Spotless, perfectly organized, equipped with state-of-the-art services, the beach of Bibione is perfect for combining comfort and nature.
Here’s a list of things you can do in Bibione:
From Venice, you can get to Bibione by regional direct train.
Sottomarina is the one of the best beaches near Venice and the only one located south of the city. This is a long beach of fine sand with a high concentration of iodine that has exceptional therapeutic qualities.
For travelers heading to this part of the region, the best way to get to Sottomarina is by renting a car and driving, since it takes less than an hour from Venice.
It’s particularly famous among people coming from Padua, that really love it for its promenade full of beach bars, and huge amount of places to spend the evening which include play areas for children and entertainment for all ages.
Here’s what else you can do during your holiday in Sottomarina:
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Best Beaches near Venice
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These beach towns make the perfect day trip from Venice but at the same time, they’re great places for a beach holiday, not far from the city of bridges and canals.
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