Grado, the island of the sun
The Venetian charm of the old centre of Grado, an elegant seaside town, is seen in its narrow streets and little squares bordered by picturesque fishermen’s homes. Campo dei Patriarchi, a central square, is dominated by the Basilica di Santa Eufemia and the contiguous Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Grado’s oldest church.
Grado is known as the island of the sun because its south-facing three kilometres of beaches are never in the shade, and thanks to the area’s macroclimate it is always sunny. Grado was once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and it was a favourite destination for the Habsburg aristocracy who visited the island from the 19th century onwards to partake in sea bathing and to enjoy the island’s excellent Sea Spa. Indeed, the spa is still known for its blend of health and beauty, the ideal place for regenerating and rejuvenating the mind and body.
Today, Grado is a well-organised seaside resort: excellent beaches offer a full range of leisure and play facilities for adults and children. The shallow water makes the Grado coast particularly family-friendly.
An efficient cycle path network offers pleasant rides around the environs.
Lignano Sabbiadoro, from Hemingway to nightlife
A long strip of golden beach (as much as 8 km) is the jewel in the crown of Lignano Sabbiadoro,
one of Italy’s most renowned seaside resorts. It is well known for its varied entertainment and its summer-long nightlife. Lignano actually encompasses three spirits: Sabbiadoro, perfect for shopping and nightlife; Pineta,for a quiet holiday surrounded by greenery; and Riviera, a relaxing area with a luxuriant maritime-pine wood. Lignano looks out over the Marano lagoon, an unspoilt area of sandbanks, canals and little islands with the characteristic fisherman’s huts that even Ernest Hemingway fell in love with sixty years ago.
Lignano’s traditional, lively nightlife and its wide range of shops and fashionable boutiques make it a favourite destination for young people and shopaholics.
Similarly, its hospitality facilities geared to families, well-organised beach entertainment and its calm sea with shallow waters also make Lignano the perfect family-holiday resort. Children and grown-ups will have lots of fun in the many theme parks with attractions for all tastes.