Thirteen kilometer long sand beach, plethora of bars and lovely weather; add Italian food and wine, the Adriatic Sea and European culture and you have the place of your next dream vacation. All of this you can get in Lido di Jesolo, a tourist town located in the Veneto region ofItaly. This coastal town is very popular among European tourists, especially the young ones who are seeking good night life and fun beach activities. Venice is just a boat ride away which makes Lido di Jesolo even more attractive. If you get tired from the beach, you can go and see the canal city which less than an hour ferry or bus. The best time to visit Lido di Jesolo is during mid spring and late summer. From May to late September, tourist enjoy swimming and tanning because here the warm weather lasts quite long.
Lido di Jesolo
The town is divided into two main parts – Jesolo Centro (known by locals as Jesolo “Paese”) which is only 3 km from the sea and lies on the banks of the River Sile and the Cavetta canal. The City Hall is located here, and from there you can reach the valleys of the Venetian Lagoon. For cyclist this is a great idea – you can ride around the town and then continue to the countryside. The other part is Jesolo Lido which indicates the beach town itself. This goes from the little fishing village of Cortellazzo on the east, at the end of river Piave, to the west where you will find the end of River Sile. On the opposite side of the river bank is the famous lighthouse and the famous Terrazzamare Teatrobar, the heart of Jesolo’s summer nightlife.
During the fall of the Roman Empire barbarian tribes invaded Italy from north-east, and forced the population to move towards the swamp area near the sea. Most of the original inhabitants came from the Roman town of Opitergium (today’s Oderzo). They were all forced to move to the Venetian Lagoon and slowly fund new towns such as Venice and Eraclea. When Lido di Jesolo was founded it was called “Equilium (in Latin “equus” which means “horse”). It wasn’t until the early 20th century when Lido di Jesolo turned into tourist destination. But soon the World War I started and Europeans weren’t into traveling of course. After two World Wars, Lido di Jesolo finally tuned into a modern tourist destination.
How to get there
The nearest airports are in Venice and this is the only way to get there by air. You can reach Lido di Jesolo by bus or by car if you take A4 motorway and exit at San Dona di Piave Noventa di Piave. Get your bus ticket on the bus station at Marco Polo airport or Treviso Airport “Canova” in Venice. If you are renting a car make sure not to travel to Lido di Jesolo during the weekend otherwise you will end up in a long queue. There is no train that leads to Lido.
What to do in Lido di Jesolo
The long and wide beach is the first thing that will get your attention. There are many bars situated along the beach where you can have a meal or drink and enjoy Italian music. Besides the lovely park near the City Hall and the shops, you can enjoy beach activities. Here is the biggest European aqua park Aqualandia located on Via Buonarroti 15, only 5 minutes walking from Piazza Marina. The park opened in 1989 and since then it has become one of the best known attractions in Jesolo. Don’t miss it, especially if you are there during the hot Italian summers. Another cool activity you can do here is horse riding in Centro Ippico Città di Jesolo, or you can play golf in Gold Club Jesolo. For kids there is GommaPium, where they can enjoy jumping on bouncy castles. For those who can’t give up sports even during their vacation, Jesolo is the home of Play Village where you can play tennis, basketball or use the skate park.
Restaurants and night life
Like any other Italian tourist town located by the sea, Lido di Jesolo offers amazing cuisine. The seafood restaurants such as Ristorante Michelangelo or Only Fish are places where you can taste delicious Adriatic seafood prepared from the talented Italian chefs. If you aren’t so much after the sit-down dinners and actually are there for the night life, you should know what you to expect. Lido di Jesolo has a long history of good night life, and here are some of the best Italian discotheques. For a small town, Jesolo used to have over 20 discos but as the town was growing and was going through changes, some of them got closed. Il Muretto (among the oldest ones, established in 1961), Vanila Club, King’s and Marina Club are among the names that must not be missed. Worldly famous musicians and DJs have performed in these discos.
Jesolo has some interesting events that are gathering tourists’ attention, especially in the summer. The Jesolo Air Show takes place on the 24th August. For those who like airplanes this is a must see show. The show is run by the Frecce Tricolori, Italy’s acrobatic flight-team. From 15th June – 25th July you can see the Jesolo Sand Sculpture Festival – true miracles made only from sand and pebbles. Feste Marinare is an event for the fish eaters. On the weekends during July and August tourists have a unique chance to eat freshly made fish in Cortellazzo. The Fireworks Show occurs on the night of the 15th of August (“Ferragosto” in Italy) and takes place on the beach. Do not miss it if you are there, because it is magical.