For decades Lido di Jesolo has been one of the jewels in the crown of the Venetian Riviera; a favourite Summer choice for thousands of Irish tourists, but when I recently paid an end of season visit as a guest of Topflight.
Lido di Jesolo, on the Adriatic Sea close to Venice, is of course famous for its 15 km stretch of sandy beach, and for the lively cafes, pubs, restaurants, shops which hug the shoreline. It’s the ultimate Italian seaside resort and the perfect place to enjoy a saunter and indulge in the Italian sport of people-watching. (Frankly, after I had indulged in some retail therapy, checking out the great leather shops, I was so exhausted that I could do little more than sip a Capuccino and watch the world go by!)
Entirely focussed on tourism, Lido di Jesolo prides itself on how well it caters to its visitors. In Summer the resort absolutely buzzes with life while always feeling safe and relaxed. This is the perfect place to come if you’re planning to bring the entire family on holiday … great beach and play facilities for the little ones; a lively entertainment scene for the teens and outgoing singles and superb pubs, restaurant and retail for mum and dad, while the grandparents will be delighted to discover a flat landscape which makes strolling a pleasure.
We stayed in the Hotel Eden, on the lively Piazza Mazzini, leading onto the town’s pedestrianised main street and just across from that celebrated beach … although its rooftop swimming pool is hard to leave. We opted for a de-luxe room with balcony: a nice mini-extravagance as it is so delightful (whatever the season) to sit on the balcony and soak up the atmosphere. We also popped into some of the other notable hotels close to the centre of things. The Principe Palace, again on the main square, is traditional in style with a charming interior. Again it has a rooftop swimming pool with a separate children’s pool and - a wonderful new addition - an adults-only area lounge.
For those who demand beachfront, there is The Hotel Cambridge – just 50m from the bustling square or the town centre Hotel Miami where we enjoyed a great evening meal at super value prices. At the Miami, as at most Lidi di Jesolo hotels, the evening meal is served buffet style, ensuring guests have great choice..
Worth a special mention is the newly opened 5* Almar Resort and Spa which boasts, amongst other luxuries, its own stretch of private beach accessed via landscaped gardens and terraces. Tastefully designed guestrooms plus a fabulous, full service spa with indoor pool and sauna and just a short stroll from the lively Via Bafile area.
Whatever the weather or season, Lido di Jesolo has plenty to offer the holiday-maker but the cooler temperatures arguably make it more enticing to explore the region, especially nearby Venice. A 30 minute coach journey to Punta Sabbione, then by Vaporetto water bus and you are right in the heart of this astonishing city. Start with a guided tour so that you can really appreciate something of the unique heritage and artistry which surrounds you, before setting out on your own to discover its attractions. When you exhaust yourself with art and architecture, it’s time to discover the fabulous shops and the marvellous cuisine …. maybe you need plan more than one Venice excursion!
A little further away, but I would also recommend a visit to Verona, famous as the setting for Romeo & Juliet. You can still see Juliet’s balcony – a sight to melt any romantic heart!
Getting to Lido di Jesolo couldn’t be easier. We flew into Venice Airport from which it is just a one hour transfer journey … if you opt to fly into Verona the journey time to Lido is two hours. Topflight have a great range of accommodation available and you’ll find something to suit every taste and budget as you plan to live la vida loca in Lido.