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The 10 most popular beaches of Friuli-Venezia Giulia


It is not a region known for its beaches, but Friuli-Venezia Giulia can count on a short stretch of coast that is very varied and besieged by many Austrian tourists, attracted by the sea and the proximity to their country.
The western part of the coast is characterized by wide and sandy beaches ideal for children, while in the eastern one they are found cliffs and rocks. In short, there is something for everyone!
Therefore, let's discover the 10 most beautiful beaches in Friuli-Venezia Giulia: you will find original but fascinating destinations where you can spend your holidays!



1 - Lignano Sabbiadoro

Lignano Sabbiadoro it is located in the province of Udine and is the best known (and also the largest) beach in the region. Here there are several houses and hotels practically overlooking the sea, alternating with stretches of pine forest. They are present in the 8 km of extension, both bathing establishments and free areas. The beach is perfect for everyone, especially for women families even with very little children during the day, while in the evening it comes alive and becomes a favorite destination for young people. The beach has been awarded the blue flag and the green flag.

  • Where it is: it is located about 50 km from Udine and equidistant (90 km) from Venice and Trieste. It is located on the Adriatic Sea on the west coast. It can be reached by motorway (A4 Venice - Trieste or A23 Tarvisio - Venice, Latisana exit) and by bus (Trieste Trasporti, Autoservizi FVG SpA - Udine, ATAP Pordenone and APT Gorizia). Get directions
  • Ideal for: nightlife, fun
  • Type: golden sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,00 per room -

2 - Beach of Grado

Three kilometers of beach that extend from the town center to the pine forest: let's talk about the Grado beach.
It is a sandy coast with several beach clubs and a very shallow sea, perfect for children. There are different types of beaches, some for 4-legged friends, others exclusively for children, others for a fee for "VIPs".



  • Where it is: the beaches are located in the city of Grado, in the province of Gorizia. They are located on the central part of the Friulian coast in the Adriatic Sea. Grado is easily reachable thanks to the shuttle bus services that connect it with the railway stations and with the main international airports. Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, fun
  • Type: golden sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -

3 - Sistiana beach

sistiana it is a scenographic bath a few steps from the Duino Castle, where the rock overlooking the sea is the protagonist. They are small coves and a short stretch of beach made of pebbles very popular with families. For the little ones there is the Baby Park with games, inflatable pools and entertainment, for young people there is the soapy calcium, Beach volleyball and other activities. In the evening, however, lights and music turn on allowing you to enjoy the nightlife of the Sistiana bay.

  • Where it is: it is located on the east coast in the Gulf of Trieste. It can be easily reached by bus or train that depart and arrive at the nearby Sistiana - Visogliano station. Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, sport (climbing, beach volleyball, football, etc.), nightlife
  • Type: pebbles, rocks
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -

4 - Muggia beach

Muggia, on the border with Slovenia, in addition to the port of San Rocco presents some inlets alternating with pebble beaches (free and equipped) e stretches of rocks. On these, you can relax and sunbathe with a unique panorama that frames it. A very peaceful place!



  • Where it is: Muggia is located near Trieste, on the extreme eastern border of the Friulian coast. It can be reached on the A4 Venice-Trieste motorway or the A23 Tarvisio-Udine motorway by exiting at Monfalcone, by bus line 20 takes 30 minutes from Trieste station to Muggia. Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: gravel, rocks
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 54,00 per room -

5 - Baths of Panzano

Il Lido di Panzano, known as Marina Vecia, is located on an islet artificially connected to the mainland by a road. The beach of Panzano was the historic beach of Monfalcone, the main seaside resort of the city, before the expansion of Marina Julia. It's composed by medium sand mixed with gravel and rocks light colored.
It is a place that stands out for its tranquility, naturalness and low turnout.

  • Where it is: located on the east coast, near the city of Monfalcone. It is not easily accessible by public transport, the best way to get there is by car. Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: sand, gravel, rocks
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

6 - Canovella de 'Zoppoli

Canovella de 'Zoppoli is a stretch of the Adriatic coast made of pebbles and inserted in the very suggestive natural context of the Mediterranean scrub and vineyards. To reach it you have to take a short path and, if you walk for about 10 more minutes, you will arrive in an even more wild and silent place, the Liburnia naturist area and, a little further on, that of filters.


  • Where it is: it is located on the east coast near Trieste. It can be reached by train and by bus. Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: pebbles, cliffs, nature
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 51,00 per room -

7- Coast of the Barbarians

No chaos and crowds, no service or comfort: only a gravel and pebble beach framed by a crystalline sea and a suggestive Mediterranean vegetation is what you find on the Coast of the Barbarians. This coastal stretch is dominated by high cliffs overlooking the sea and small beaches accessible only through steep paths, which makes them not very popular. Perfect place to enjoy the sea and tranquility, perhaps as a couple!

  • Where it is: it is located in the municipality of Duino in the province of Trieste on the east coast. The coast can be reached by car and by train (nearby stations Sistiana-Visogliano and Bivio d'Aurisina), but in any case you have to walk one of the strenuous paths. Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: pebbles, cliffs
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 51,00 per room -

8 - Marano Lagunare beach

We are in the heart of the Marano lagoon, between natural reserves which occupy part of this stretch of coast and offer a landscape of extraordinary beauty. Marano Lagunare it is a heavenly place for bird watchers! The beach of Marano is located, however, on the peninsula of Lignano Sabbiadoro, at the extreme tip, and is called Punta Farro. It is made of sand and is full of establishments and services ... perfect for everyone.

  • Where it is: Marano Lagunare is located in the Marano lagoon, on the west coast. Reachable on the A4 motorway and also by sea from Lignano Sabbiadoro. Get directions
  • Ideal for: nightlife, entertainment, sports, bird watching
  • Type: golden sand, cliffs
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -

9 - Lignano Pineta beach

Lignano Pineta is a lido where you can enjoy beach activities and peace under the pine trees. There are beach volleyball courts e Beach tennis open for free and entertainment in the water.
In the evening there are cabaret shows, music, group dances. In short, there is no lack of fun here!

  • Where it is: Lignano Pineta is located next to Lignano Sabbiadoro, at the extreme western border of the coast. It can be reached by motorway (A4 Venice - Trieste or A23 Tarvisio - Venice, Latisana exit) and by bus (Trieste Trasporti, Autoservizi FVG SpA - Udine, ATAP Pordenone and APT Gorizia). Get directions
  • Ideal for: nightlife, entertainment, sport
  • Type: golden sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

10 - Banco d'Orio beach

A long and wide strip of soft golden sand with pristine waters, sweet seabeds and wonderful nature: this is the beach of Banco d'Orio. Here you can breathe a relaxed atmosphere and you are free, the place is isolated and accessible only by sea, with motor ship leaving from the port of Grado or private boat. Consequently, the beach is almost always quiet and little frequented, apart from the numerous species of birds that build their nests there.

  • Where it is: it is located on the central-west coast in the province of Gorizia and the nearest town is Grado. It can only be reached by sea, with a private boat or the motor ship that leaves from the port of Grado. Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, bird watching
  • Type: golden sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -

Plan your trip: info, hotels and tours

In Friuli-Venezia Giulia tourism is guaranteed both in winter, thanks to numerous ski slopes, both in summer for his coste, beaches and cultural cities which are worth a visit like Trieste, Pordenone, Gorizia e Udine. There are many accommodation options, including B & Bs, hotels, spas with slightly above average prices.
I transport and connections are developed: the railway lines the main ones are the Venice-Trieste, the Pontebbana, which connects Udine to Tarvisio and the border with Austria and the Trieste-Monfalcone-Gorizia-Udine line.
- airports are two: Trieste-Ronchi dei Legionari airport and Udine-Campoformido airport, while i urban and suburban transport they are insured by Trieste Trasporti, Autoservizi FVG SpA - Udine, ATAP Pordenone and APT Gorizia.

  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 47,00 per room -
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