10 beach activities in Jesolo, Italy

Lido di Jesolo

The resort town of Lido di Jesolo is located in the province of Veneto in Northern Italy, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. The terms “big” / “small” can hardly be applied to it, because yes, it’s small, but it has the biggest (i.e. longest) shopping street in Europe at 15 km long.

Why it’s worth coming here

Lido di Jesolo is an expected vacation spot for travelers to the North of the country (like me) who are enticed by the resort’s proximity to the iconic Venice, Verona, Padua, and Trieste. Many are in awe of the fact that this piece of the sunny coastline on the Venetian Riviera (which already sounds loud) is as iconic as, say, Nice for the French, which means that its very visit takes on a romantic flavor. Here is a little disappointment: it became a tourist destination only in the sixties of the XX century, so the Lido is completely devoid of vintage flavor of an old spa place, and a long list of famous frequenters, it can not boast either. Someone is looking for (and finds, by the way) a quiet, somewhat waltzy vacation. There are also those who are not very fond of the South of Italy, preferring to it the more sedate North.

In any case, Lido di Jesolo has its pros and cons. I can honestly say that I don’t regret staying there, but I wouldn’t go back for a second time!

How to get there

Lido di Jesolo does not have its own airport, so you should prepare for a connecting flight.

By plane

From Moscow and St. Petersburg

The most comfortable variant is to fly to Venice Marco Polo Airport, from there you can reach your destination either by ferry or by bus, as I’ll describe below in details. The round-trip ticket to Venice will cost about 285 EUR per person; of course if you buy tickets in advance, during the discount period or if you have airline/banking bonuses, the flight will be cheaper. Details on flights to Venice can be found here, and information about the current cost of tickets for the route is available here.

From Moscow you can take a direct flight to the international airport of Verona. The cost of the trip will be about the same 285 EUR. However the way from Verona to the coast takes a few hours, so flying there just for the purpose of getting to the resort is not very convenient; you’d better take the whole day of your vacation to visit the home of Romeo and Juliet, especially since the city is truly magnificent.

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By train

Lido di Jesolo does not have its own train station, but there is a bus station.

From Verona

If you need to get from Verona airport, you will first have to take the blue and white bus number 2, which is visible at the exit of the airport, it goes just to the Verona Stazione Porta Nuova station. The fare is 6 EUR and you will have to spend half an hour on the road.

Here you have to take the train to Mestre station in Venice (Venezia Mestre). You have to choose between high-speed and normal train: the first option costs twice as much, 18 EUR vs. 9 EUR, but the travel time is only two hours instead of four. Then take a bus with a sign Lido-di-Jesolo (it stops right at the exit of the train station in the square) to the bus station Lido di Jesolo. The bus leaves every hour and travels one hour.

From Venice

After leaving the airport, you will immediately find yourself at the stop, you should be interested in ACTV bus number 15 or shuttle AVTO FLY BUS. The interval of movement is 10-15 minutes, you will spend 25-30 minutes on the way. The cost is 3-5 EUR (a cab will cost 50 EUR).

So you’ll get to the Venezia Mestre train station, where you can take a bus to the resort (see above).

You’ll find the station where the bus will arrive in the section below.

By bus

From Venice

From the bus station in Venice, located on Piazzale Roma, there is a bus number 10a that will take you to Lido di Jesolo in a little over an hour. The schedule of the bus is very variable, so you must clarify it before the trip, taking a free printout at the tourist bureau or at the station itself. The trip will cost 15 EUR per person.

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It is possible to combine the trip by boat from Venice and several buses, buying a single ticket to Punta sabbioni (bus station). A one-way ticket will cost about 10 EUR. From Punta Sabbioni to the resort’s bus station, bus number 5 will cost 3.5 EUR one-way.

How to get from the bus station to the city center

From the bus station two buses go every half hour (from 05:30 to 00:00): No 2 (region of Cortelazzo) and 3 (region of Faro) that will take you to the necessary direction. Please note: even if you buy a round-trip ticket, it is mandatory to punch it 2 times!

The bus station is located right in the center of town, so if that’s what you need, you’re already there!

By car

In order to go on such a long trip, you need at least to calculate your strength, have an international driving license and take along at least one vigorous and ready to replace you “fellow traveller”: you have to travel more than 3,000 kilometers.

You can go from the capital or from the Northern Capital. We’ll take both routes.

From Moscow

Muscovites should first drive towards Smolensk, but when approaching it do not go to explore the city, and choose the sign to Minsk. You should calmly cross the customs of the Republic of Belarus (sometimes you have to wait several hours, especially in summer, be morally prepared) and take M-1 freeway, and then take E-30. The direction of travel is to Brest, where the border area with Poland is located. Once again you should arm yourself with patience: you’ll have to stand in a traffic jam on the border for about five hours. Finally, after driving out, keep moving on E-30, until you see the “fork”: you can choose to go on E-67 or E-77, choose the first because of its convenience (compared with the second on the E-77 many turns, you can get confused) and keep on Glivice, passing it go to the town Rybnik (Rubnik) through DK78, it is on the way to the border with the Czech Republic. The way bypasses the toll highway A-1 (you pay about 8 EUR for the passage). After a few hours at the border control, you come to Ostrava and difficult to pronounce Brno afterwards. Watch the directions carefully, don’t miss the sign to Mikulov. The road in this direction is under repair, so delays are possible, but it will lead you to the next part of the route, which begins just after the Austrian border.

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Important: You can buy the vignette for 10 days on the Czech Republic highways on the border (15 EUR). You can also buy Austrian vignette for 11 EUR there or in Austrian store at the border (cheaper at the post office, 8,5 EUR). On highways A 9, 10, 11, 13 including S16 you also have to pay the toll, but at the exits and entrances you can also pay the toll.

After crossing the border choose the E-461 highway, it leads to the Austrian capital. After passing a lot of small settlements, focus your attention on the sign Villach. Then you are interested in highway E-55, it will take you to the Italian border. Traffic on Innsbruck – Brennero route does not cost anything now – before you had to pay. All roads lead to Rome: more relevant than ever, because after you can give preference to any highway, it still leads to Rome. From Rome to Venice there is a 525 km route on the E-35 freeway, most of the way there will be a toll (it costs at least 30EUR). Follow the E-35 to the exit on the A14 in the direction of the sign Padua-Bologna.

Once you come to the A-13, follow the signs to Venice. Take the exit onto the A4/E70 towards Venice. Take the exit towards Mestre. Follow the signs to Venice. The SS14 takes you in the direction of Jesolo, you are only 45 km away. Once you see the sign for Strada Provinciale Portegrandi Jesolo, stay safely here until you see the next Strada Regionale Del Mare. Afterwards, simply follow the signs for Lido-di-Jesolo. It is the fastest way to get from Venice to the coast and it is not expensive.

It is worth preparing in advance, finding a convenient place for you to sleep, call or write to the owners of hotels in the Czech Republic, if you plan to stay in this country. In Poland, there are no problems with roadside motels, as well as in Austria.

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From St. Petersburg

The route from the Northern Capital will be quite different. It is rightfully considered more comfortable than the route taken from Moscow, it is always more pleasant to drive on well-maintained European roads, isn’t it. In addition, if you give preference to the route from St. Petersburg, there will be no problems with overnight stays: throughout the way you can safely stay in any motel, they are found in plenty. From St. Petersburg go to Helsinki (popular destination, so there will be signs along the way), where you will take the ferry Finnlines to the German Travem√ľnde (about 340 EUR per one way) in 28 hours. It’s worth thinking about booking ferry seats in advance, you can do so on the company’s website.

The distance from Travemunde to Lido di Jesolo is 1,400 km.

Orient yourself according to the directions to Berlin, but don’t drive into the city: take the A10, then drive to Munich along the A-9, from there you need to get to Austrian Salzburg along the A-8. This road includes paid sections, so it is advisable to buy a vignette for 10 days for 10 EUR or for a month for 22 EUR. This section is often a road repair – you can be lucky if you lose 20 minutes or even a few hours.

When you see a sign A-2 you take this road to A-23 which is on Italian territory. Soon you will see a sign for E-55, and then the exit to S.Dona’-Noventa. There you’ll see signs and navigator will tell you how to get to the sea. Of course, you can also take a ferry from Finland to Rostock, another German city, but then you will lose 28 hours instead of a day and a half. The way through Stockholm and Denmark is also possible, but will be much more expensive and time-consuming.

To summarize

On average both in the first and in the second case you have to spend 150 EUR for vignettes and toll roads. Gasoline will cost at least 500 EUR. The total price for Moscow trip will be not less then 1,500 EUR (taking into account petrol, vignettes and motel accommodation), the price will be higher – more then 2,000 EUR due to the ferry crossings.

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In any case, to successfully reach Italy, you need several days: calculate the time for rest, too.

Download applications that do not require an Internet connection before the trip, make a detailed plan and think about your exact route, it will not allow you to get lost and not lose time, because the proposed routes may be changed due to planned repairs or construction of other roads and junctions.

From Italian cities

If you are already in Italy, you want to visit the Venetian Riviera, the most comfortable option is to book a transfer. There are many companies, for example Transfer-lux. On its site (in Russian, by the way) you will be offered to fill the form and leave your contact information to calculate the cost of travel. The agency has Russian drivers. They can pick you up from anywhere in Italy and take you where you need to go. The cost is determined by the meter, but you can leave a request to calculate the amount of travel, then you will be advised how much it is approximately.

By ferry

From Venice

The most convenient, but not the most budget-friendly way is the boat Moby Dick II, you will find it 5 minutes walk from Piazza San Marco and it arrives at the Faro lighthouse pier in Lido di Jesolo, this is the western part of the city.

The sea voyage will cost about 12 EUR one way (tickets are purchased directly on board) and will take about an hour.

Only its schedule is not quite convenient: it departs daily from Venice around 6:00 pm. Sometimes it may not leave at all but you will have to be there to find out. From Lido di Jesolo to Venice, it also departs every day at 09:30.

From Piazza San Marco there is a regular vaporetto to Punta Sabbioni and bus number 5 to the bus station in Jesolo.

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