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What to see and do in and around Jesolo

Jesolo: where it is and how to get there

Jesolo is a coastal municipality located on the Venetian coast overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Flanked by the Sile and Piave rivers, its shoreline stretches for 15 km from west to east, from the mouth of the Piave Vecchio to Cortellazzo. The beach (awarded the prestigious Blue Flag year after year) is also known as Faro di Jesolo (Jesolo Lighthouse) and takes its name from a solitary lighthouse that stands prominently on the opposite side.

You can travel to Jesolo by car or get the train to Mestre or San Donà di Piave and then take a bus. The Bus Express service departs from all airports in Veneto and takes you directly to the city. Jesolo is on the border with Cavallino-Treporti, and you can easily reach it by bicycle from Garden Paradiso – even in the evening, thanks to the safe, fast and well-lit cycle path!

What to see in Jesolo

Jesolo is a very lively town throughout the year, and among the places to visit are definitely its squares, located a short distance from the beach. Piazza Mazzini is always bustling and full of pretty cafés, where you can stop for a drink in the morning or after lunch. In the afternoon, take a stroll along the pedestrian streets, taking in the scents of the flowers and plants in the park in Piazza Casa Bianca.

If you love history, in Jesolo, you can visit the large archaeological area of the Antiche Mura (Ancient Walls) or the Museo Storico Militare Vidotto (Vidotto Military Historical Museum), which houses a family collection of objects of war, from the First World War to the present day, collected with passion from one generation to the next. Among the most curious relics, there is even a tank parked in the museum garden!

Beach, sea and relaxation!

The Lido di Jesolo is an unmissable stop for anyone visiting the city! Awarded the Blue Flag for several years, the beach stretches for 15 km and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break and a dip in the sea!

Along the shoreline, you’ll find areas equipped with every comfort (with umbrellas, sunbeds and food kiosks), as well as stretches of free beach where you can relax in natural surroundings. Just a stone’s throw from the sea, you can also find Jesolo pine forest, an ideal destination for a stroll in the greenery.

Jesolo and nature, including by bicycle

The lagoon ecosystem is an extraordinary place for those who are passionate about eco-tourism: it is home to wild flora and fauna and can be visited by land (on foot or by bicycle) or by river along the canoeing and kayaking routes, even with a historic boat. From the perspective of the river, you can appreciate the beauty of the interplay between the water and the rocky tegnùe (“Adriatic coral reefs”).

The cycle paths follow the ancient trade routes, such as the Litoranea Veneta, which runs parallel to the sea and heads inland crossing the waterways of the Sile, Piave, Livenza and Tagliamento. You can choose from a number of routes, which skirt around the vineyards that once supplied the Venetian Republic. Rent your bicycle at the entrance to Garden Paradiso and set off on an adventure!

Where to go shopping in Jesolo

The main shopping street in Jesolo is Via Bafile, lined with numerous shops that are open from morning until late at night in high season. Along the shopping street, you can browse the shop windows of boutiques, small shops and craft stores, where you can buy lovely souvenirs.

Jesolo has the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe: you’ll never get bored here! In summer, the town is also filled with markets selling local produce, collectables and antiques.

Is shopping your thing? Then take a trip to the Noventa di Piave outlet, which is sure to win you over with its wide variety of shops and brands. It’s within easy reach of Jesolo by car or bus.

Where and what to eat in Jesolo

Jesolo is full of traditional restaurants, where you can eat well and enjoy local specialities, such as fish and vegetables from the surrounding countryside. Along the squares and pedestrian streets, you’ll find plenty of eateries to suit all needs and times of day: from breakfast to lunch, from apéritif to dinner. Get inspired by the menus on display in the streets and try all the traditional dishes!

For a truly unforgettable experience, head to the beach in the evening and choose your favourite bar for an apéritif. Start your evening on a high note and enjoy a drink while admiring the beauty of the sea.

What to do in Jesolo: water parks, attractions and nightlife

If you’re travelling with children, what could be better than a water park? Take them to Caribe Bay for a fun day out! And when it’s raining? There are lots of attractions in Jesolo that you can visit even in the rain, such as the Sea Life Aquarium and Tropicarium Park, where you can marvel at many different species of exotic fish.

Jesolo’s nightlife also has a lot to offer: spend the evening in a disco or in one of the pubs scattered around the town and dance until dawn! In summer, the city comes alive with a calendar full of unmissable dates and events. If you’re looking for a more intimate option, there’s the Ferris wheel. With its air-conditioned capsules, you can enjoy a view of the entire coastline while staying cool, even in summer. The wheel revolves three times and is open until late, for a romantic end to the evening, gazing at the lights of the coast.

Do you also want to explore the area around Jesolo? Here are some tips for you!

Places to visit near Jesolo

If the town of Jesolo isn’t enough for you, you can set off from Garden Paradiso to see some beautiful villages in the surrounding areaCavallino, with its markets and history, is definitely worth a visit, as is the hinterland of Eastern Venice, where you can cycle or go fishing on its sandbanks. Then there are the lagoon islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello: ancient, colourful and bursting with specialities to discover or taste.

Looking for a day trip out of town? Then don’t miss Venice, Padua, Treviso, Chioggia and Eraclea: all cities whose history and cityscapes have been shaped by the presence of water.

The most interesting villages and towns to visit near Jesolo

Venice: the “Serenissima” of the Lagoon

You can travel to Venice by ferry from Punta Sabbioni or Treporti, which are in easy reach of Garden Paradiso by bicycle, bus or car.

The Venetian writer Tiziano Scarpa wrote that strolling through Venice is like “walking over an endless upside-down forest, an incredible upturned wood”. This is because the city is one big stilt house, with all the poles that support its palaces (and you’ll notice that some of them are crooked because they’ve sunk over the centuries) and the walnut rafts on which the basilica of San Marco and the Doge’s Palace perch. Throw a guidebook in your rucksack and set off to discover the most beautiful city in the world.

On the mainland: Padua and Treviso

You can get to Padua and Treviso quickly by train or car and spend a great day there: these two cities have Roman origins (Patavium and Tarvisium) and were once under Venetian rule.

If you choose to visit Padua, there’s a popular saying that sums it up really well: the “city of the three withouts”. The first is the “lawn without grass” (Prato della Valle – a large oval square surrounded by statues that was once an arena); “the café without doors” (the Pedrocchi – built with a double entrance to let customers flow in and out freely – which is famous for its Pedrocchi coffee, served without a spoon); and finally, “the saint without a name” (Sant’Antonio da Padova – so famous that he is simply known as the Saint – to whom the Basilica of the same name was dedicated). Start with the “three withouts” and then explore the rest of the city!

Treviso is famous all over the world for its red radicchio – a winter vegetable that is used in a multitude of recipes, from pizza to pasta, or simply baked in the oven. This city is also the home of tiramisu – a delicious treat that those with a sweet tooth can’t miss! If you want to discover something about Treviso’s history, take a walk in the city centre, admire the unique Fontana delle Tette and visit the civic museums and the Church of Santa Caterina (14th century), which houses a rich archaeological section with a collection of pieces ranging from the 2nd millennium BC to the Early Middle Ages.

On the coast: Chioggia and Eraclea

Chioggia is only a few kilometres from Jesolo, and is also connected to Venice via a cycle path. In certain areas, the historic centre is strikingly similar to that of the “Serenissima” – so much so that a number of film productions have used it as a set for some scenes, as if they were behind the Grand Canal. Chioggia is the largest port of arrival and sale of fish in the whole of Veneto: if you choose to have lunch or dinner here, you’re sure to eat the catch of the day!

Eraclea is located further east, above Jesolo, and is known as the “green pearl of the Adriatic” for its natural beauty. It encompasses a vast pine forest, perfect for a cool bike ride or a walk, and the Laguna del Mort, whose history is almost as curious as its name, which means the “Lagoon of the Dead”. Until the mid-1930s, this stretch was the mouth of the Piave River, which flooded and created a freshwater pool that, over time, became brackish and lagoon-like (a “dead” point of the river).

You can also venture from the sea to the mountains and organise a fascinating tour of the Dolomites, visiting some famous towns, such as Cortina d’Ampezzo.

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