Holidays to Lido di Jesolo combine a high-octane beach with a parade of pizzerias, trendy bars and designer shops stretching as far as the eye can see. Plus, this place is just across the lake from Venice.
The king of the Venetian Riviera
This vibrant Italian seaside town on the edge of the Venice Lagoon has an impressive collection of top-end hotels and high-rise apartments, making it one of Italy’s most popular destinations. There’s a sparkling marina, a dozen piazzas brimming with trattorias and all-night discos, plus Via Bafile, Europe’s longest car-free avenue.
Lido di Jesolo’s beach is a 15-kilometre swathe of golden Dolomite sand, lapped by the rolling waves of the Adriatic. The Lido section in the east is busy with sandcastle-building competitions, games of beach rugby, and a portfolio of watersports. For a more pared-down beach, try the outlying sands of La Pineta in the west – they’re backed by pine forests and the pace is much more easy-going.
Lido di Jesolo packs in tonnes of family-friendly attractions. For starters, there’s Aqualandia, Italy’s number-one waterpark and home of one of the world’s tallest slides – the 42-metre Spacemaker. Then there’s New Jesolandia, a fairground that has a giant ferris wheel, chair-o-planes and a skyflyer. And next door is Pista Azzurra, the go-kart track where F1 legends Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher raced as teenagers.
Close to Venice
A 90-minute ferry ride across the lagoon takes you to Venice, the fairytale city of canals dotted with gondoliers and sinking palaces filled with Renaissance masterpieces. St. Mark’s Square is a breathtaking setting for a morning cappuccino. Apparently, if you kiss under the Bridge of Sighs at sunset, you’ll be granted eternal love.
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