Holidays in Adriatic

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Italian Adriatic Overview

Visiting The Adriatic

The warm waters of the Adriatic wash up on some beautiful beaches along this historic coastline, and there’s plenty of manmade beauty to explore too.  Spend your days soaking up the sun, strolling through history, admiring the exquisite architecture and craftsmanship of medieval towns and cities, joining the hustle and bustle of friendly seaside resorts or experiencing the peace of deserted islands off Croatia or in the Venetian Lagoon.

Feel The Adriatic

Immerse yourself in warm Adriatic waters or soak up the local history, follow in the footsteps of explorers, traders and craftsmen or make your own way through the foothills of the Dolomites, feel the thrill of the world’s tallest waterslide or experience the peace of the vast underground halls, join the hustle and bustle of seaside resorts or sit on the side lines with a glass of chilled white wine.

Explore The Adriatic

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy exploring the medieval towns and cities of the region - although you might become one by the time you head home.  There is the opulence and majesty of Venice with its palaces, grand Verona with its roman amphitheatre and elegant buildings and perfectly preserved Bologna and Ferrara.

If you’re looking for more down-to-earth entertainment, why not challenge yourself to a bungee jump, or white knuckle ride – this region has some of Europe’s biggest and best adventure parks.

Or take a cruise down the coast from Venice and Porec and explore hidden bays and discover your perfect beach.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

With both Italy and Croatia to enjoy here, camping on the Adriatic Coast offers sunshine and culture in equal measure; though the many attractions of Venice are perhaps the most popular reason for coming here:

St Mark’s Square
The Piazza San Marco is Venice’s main square, lying alongside the Grand Canal. Beautiful in its own right, it is home to arguably the city’s two finest buildings, the Doge’s Palace and the stunning Basilica of St Mark.

Basilica of St Mark
This magnificent building is surely one of the most ornate cathedrals in the world. Built on a Greek cross plan and topped by five huge domes, it is a gem of Byzantine architecture, as spectacular inside as out.

Bridge of Sighs
The path once taken by enemies of the state on their way to torture and imprisonment, the famous Bridge of Sighs, which crosses the canal to the Doge’s Palace, is a poignant reminder of the terrible power once wielded by Venetian rulers.

St Mark’s Campanile
The iconic bell tower of St Mark’s Square stands more than 98m high and these days enables visitors to take a lift to the top, where they can enjoy spectacular views over the city and the Grand Canal.

Harry’s Bar
No tour of Venice would be complete without a visit to Harry’s Bar, where clientele ranging from the crowned heads of Europe to Ernest Hemingway have traditionally come to see and be seen while drinking Bellini cocktails.

Lido di Jesolo
A lovely old seaside resort on the Adriatic, Lido di Jesolo makes a great place to enjoy a trip to the beach, as well as to enjoy the local habit of promenading along the main street each evening once it has been closed to traffic.

Porec
Perhaps the major attraction of Croatia’s Adriatic coast, Porec is a lively town with a lovely old harbour. It is also home to the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica, which is the jewel in the crown amongst many historic sites in this part of Croatia.

The Baredine Caves
6km from Porec you will find the Baredine Caves, where guides will take you 60m below the surface of the earth to marvel at vast underground halls lined with stalagmites, stalactites and huge, shimmering lakes.

Great for younger kids

Jolly Roger Pirate Cruises
Sailing all along the Adriatic coast and its many lagoons, Jolly Roger Cruises welcome kids (and their parents) aboard a real pirate ship for a day of music, games, and even a treasure hunt on the island of Murano.

Gulliverlandia
Featuring a delightful aquarium where youngsters can discover the denizens of the deep, Gulliverlandia is also a theme park with Volcano rapids and a delightful little train that travels around a display of the world’s great sights.

Great for older kids

Aqualandia
Located in Jesolo, Aqualandia is Italy’s premier theme park. It offers a host of pools and waterslides, together with a variety of shows to entertain all ages. Its rides also include the tallest fixed bungee tower in Europe, which stands 60m high.

New Jesolandia
When older children and teens are looking for real white-knuckle thrills, they will find them here in Jesolo. This huge park offers more than 50 attractions, including the high adrenaline MixTreme ride.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Watersports
The coast from Lanterna to Porec is lined with watersports centres where you can rent every kind of craft, from sailing dinghies and canoes to pedal boats and jet skis. You will also find a waterskiing cableway here.

Diving
The waters of the Adriatic are famously calm and clear. So Porec is a popular diving centre, with courses for beginners and a number of guided expeditions around the many reefs, caves and shipwrecks you will find here.

Golf
While Italy is far from being a famous golf destination, there are a large number of courses in the Veneto region. Many of them are dotted around Padova, though Golf di Venezia in Venice is also considered one of Italy’s finest courses.

Hiking
Just an hour away from Venice by car you will find yourselves in the foothills of the Dolomites. One of the finest walks here takes you to Lake Misurina, ‘the Pearl of the Dolomites’: splendid in its own right, it also offers superb views of the peaks around you.

Unmissable events in the Adriatic

Venice Film Festival
Usually held in late August or early September, the Venice Film Festival may not have the same glamour as its counterpart in Cannes, but it continues to attract the biggest films and Hollywood’s A-listers.

Villa Concerts in Vicenza
Every June and July, the great and the good open up their villas on the Veneto around Vicenza for a series of classical concerts everywhere from the famous La Rotonda to privately-owned renaissance villas.

Shakespeare Festival, Verona
Every July, the ancient Teatro Romano in Verona hosts a festival featuring the plays of William Shakespeare, in English, performed by great companies including the RSC. It’s a simply wonderful place to enjoy the Bard.

Summer Tango Festival, Porec
With a host of DJs, thousands of dancers, tango workshops, daily open-air milongas (tango parties), beach milongas and party boat trips, Porec in July is the place to be if you like to tango.

Places to visit - Eating out

Between the Veneto and the Croatian coast you will find two very different cuisines, and some very pleasant surprises:

  • Shrimp and polenta – Polenta is a real staple of the Veneto, and is commonly served with the small shrimp caught in the lagoon.
  • Galletto alla brace – Grilled cockerel, which delivers a very rich chicken taste.
  • Baccalà Mantecato – Creamed cod, cooked with olive oil, garlic and parsley.
  • Boskarin – Beef from the Istrian Ox is a great delicacy in Croatia, and is usually served with pastas such as Njoki or Fuzi.

Campsites in region

Pra Delle Torri, Caorle, Adriatic
Pra Delle Torri | Caorle

Imagine waking up in beautiful Pra’delle Torri parc, stepping outside your accommodation and heading for a dip in one of the most spectacular pool complexes in Europe.

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Garden Paradiso pool
Garden Paradiso | Cavallino

Surrounded by trees and with direct access to a glorious sandy beach, Garden Paradiso is a fabulous choice for families looking for a fun and active holiday.

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Union Lido, Cavallino, Adriatic
Union Lido | Cavallino

Picture it. You’re chilling out on the Venetian Coast, relaxing in the Hawaiian beach pool surrounded by sunbathing terraces and you’ll soon realise why Union Lido is as much a 5-star resort as it is a holiday parc.

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Sant'Angelo Village | Cavallino

Sant’Angelo is proof that you can have the best of both holiday worlds. You can relax in a wonderful, peaceful atmosphere in the morning, and join the kids as they splash around in a fabulous pool complex in the afternoon.

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Mediterraneo, Cavallino-Treporti, Adriatic
Mediterraneo | Cavallino-Treporti

Think about it, you’d probably love to experience all the magnificent culture of Venice, but you’d also love to give the kids a fantastic, fun-filled holiday? So, why not combine the two and come to the Mediterraneo parc on the stunning Venetian coast?

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Ca'Savio, Cavallino-Treporti, Adriatic
Ca'Savio | Cavallino-Treporti

Just a ferry trip away from Venice, this fabulous, large, child-friendly holiday parc has five pools - room enough for everyone to have a leisurely swim or a splash about.

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Marina di Venezia, Punta Sabbioni, Adriatic
Marina di Venezia | Punta Sabbioni

If you’re looking for your slice of Italian culture, alongside lots of ways to keep the whole family active, say hello to the Marina di Venezia parc.

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Spiaggia e Mare, Adriatic
Spiaggia E Mare | Adriatic

Step onto the sublime shores of the Adriatic and you’ll find Spiaggia e Mare, a parc that offers you the choice of a private sandy beach or a lovely pool to relax next to.

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Waikiki, Lido di Jesolo, Adriatic
Waikiki | Lido di Jesolo

Come to Waikiki parc at Lido di Jesolo and you’ll see why families come back year after year. Not only is it an authentically Italian parc it’s also a perfect base for sightseeing (the ferry terminal at Punta Sabbioni is nearby) and sampling the catch of the day at nearby Cortellazzo.

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San Francesco, Caorle, Adriatic
San Francesco | Caorle

Step into a peaceful pine forest along the water’s edge of the warm, Adriatic Sea and you’ll have arrived at San Francesco.

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Location reviews

Adriatic reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
8.7
Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 380 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10

Michael

Bodedern, Isle of Anglesey
Fantastic location, easy for exploring Venice, local beaches and towns like Jeselo etc. Great Parc facilities but would advise people to research any trip to Venice as this is very expensive if done last minute and not prepared. Supermarkets are good value for money and would advise hiring a bike to sightsee local towns etc.
Confirmed stay: 26 September 2013
10 out of 10

David

Saalbach
Caorle and the beach were all would expect from a seaside holiday
Confirmed stay: 25 September 2013
8 out of 10

Robert

vicenza
Good location for family holidays.
Confirmed stay: 22 September 2013
8 out of 10

susan

preston
lovely area with excellent transport links
Confirmed stay: 21 September 2013
10 out of 10

Julia

Manchester
Beautiful and everything we expected.
Confirmed stay: 19 September 2013
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