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Lido Photos: Beaches

From: Lido di Venezia (Venice Lido)

Lido beach sand

On the Lido's Adriatic side, beaches of beige sand (dotted with shells) run for miles. The beaches participate in the Blue Flag environmental-labeling program.


Lido di Venezia public beach structure

The easiest way to reach the beach from the ACTV waterbus station or the center of the Lido is to walk up the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, which ends at the Piazzale Bucintoro. The popular Blue Moon Beach beach (marked by a large steel structure) is directly across the street.


Public Beach, Lido di Venezia

After you've crossed the street and entered the bathhouse complex, follow the signs to reach the spiaggia.


Blue Moon beach, Lido

The Blue Moon beach has the usual resort-beach amenities, such as toilets, showers, and a shop where you can buy swimwear and beach gear if you've arrived unprepared.


Blue Moon beach snack bar, Lido

A restaurant, terrace bar, and snack bar provide sustenance for swimmers and sunbathers.

Tip: Short on cash? Instead of paying for entry to the Blue Mean beach, look for a sign to the free but bare-bones public beach, which is 600 meters to the north. (The public beach does have a self-service café with toilets for customers.)


Food vendor, Lido di Venezia

Still hungry while you're by the water? Wait for a food and drinks vendor to show up.


Couple on Lido di Venezia beach

When your tummy is full, share a belly bump with someone you love.


Sunbathers on Lido di Venezia

Afterwards, catch some rays with the other sunbathers. 


Boy with Dachshund on Lido di Venezia

Or, better yet, go exploring with a four-legged friend.


Kitesurfer and ship in Adriatic

If you're adventurous, you can try kiteboarding.


Love Beach, Lido di Venezia

Have you been looking for love in all the wrong places? Maybe you'll have better luck at one of the Lido's private beaches, which are scattered along the water.


Empty cabanas on Lido di Venezia

Beach huts on Lido

When we took these photos in early May, the official beach season was a month away, and most of the private beach huts along the Lido were deserted. (Still, the public beach was doing a brisk trade.)


Breakwater on Lido di Venezia beach

As we walked south from Blue Moon Beach, we passed a series of jetties or breakwaters that protect the beaches from erosion by storms and sea currents.


Hotel Excelsior, Lido di Venezia

The most prominent landmark along the Adriatic seaside is the Hotel Excelsior, a luxury hotel that was built in 1908 in Moorish palace style. The Excelsior has a private beach club for its wealthy guests (including movie stars, directors, and producers who stay at the hotel during the Venice Film Festival).


Alberoni dunes

The southernmost beaches on the Lido are the Bagni Alberoni (about 9 km or 6 miles south of the Lido's main public beach), which can be reached by bicycle, car, public bus, or boat. In addition to beaches, hotels, and a few restaurants, the resort of Alberoni has a golf club and a nature area with sand dunes.

Next page: Lido map


In this Lido travel guide:
Lido di Venezia - Introduction
Layout and orientation
Getting to the Lido
Lido to Venice by public transportation
Hotels on the Lido's main street
Lido villa and resort hotels
Restaurants and food
Shopping
Beaches and recreation
Lido photos: Transportation
Lido photos: General scenes
Lido photos: Beaches
Lido map

Also see:
Lido hotels and vacation apartments (general information)
Interactive map from Booking.com