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The coast of Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Swimming fun on the beaches of Friuli

Beaches in Friuli-Venezia Giulia are just as diverse as the region itself. Friuli’s coastline ranges from miles of white sandy beaches, as in southern Veneto, to steep cliffs and rocks. While holidaymakers crowd the beaches from Lignano to Grado, you can find mainly gravel beaches and small but beautiful beaches from the Trieste area to the Slovenian border. However, tourism is also one of the most important economic pillars in Friuli, and Austrians in particular appreciate the beaches on the northern tip of the Adriatic.


Beach holidays in Lignano und Grado

As in the neighbouring region of Veneto, the situation in the southern and western coastal areas of Friuli is quite similar: miles of sandy beaches, public swimming areas, hotels, holiday villages and camps wherever you look. But while you can enjoy a beach holiday and swimming on the beach in Lignano, Marano Lagunare and Grado, there are many pristine islands and beautiful natural parks in the lagoons of Marano Lagunare and Grado, which have retained much of their originality. The beaches in Friuli are very popular, especially among Austrians. The former territory of the Habsburg monarchy is the closest point of access to the sea and is therefore well attended by tourists from the neighbouring Alpine Republic.

Coast Friuli-Venezia Giulia Castello di Duino

The Riviera Triestina

East of Grado, Friuli’s coastline changes abruptly. The long sandy beaches suddenly give way to rocks, cliffs and long cliffs. Only a handful of gravel beaches and hidden small coves invite visitors to swim and relax. What doesn’t appeal to classic beach lovers at first sight is a real pleasure when visiting the coastal region. Narrow scenic roads wind their way along the coast and always offer wonderful panoramic views over the coast and the sea. In between, there are ruins and castles such as the Castello di Duino and the Castello di Miramare. Behind the beautiful coastline on the horizon rise the foothills of the Alps, creating an incomparable panorama the likes of which is hard to find anywhere else. Beautiful views and beaches can likewise be enjoyed south of Trieste around the Venetian-influenced Muggia just before the Slovenian border.

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