The Vallevecchia Nature Oasis is an island surrounded by lagoon, river and sea water on the coast between Bibione and Caorle. Silence reigns supreme among the sand dunes, pine forests and brackish reeds: this is the natural habitat of numerous species of animals and the perfect refuge for nature and tranquillity lovers! Among the many unspoilt shores on the island, the Brussa beach certainly stands out for its beauty: one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Adriatic Sea.
From Camping Village Garden Paradiso you can easily reach the Vallevecchia Oasis by car in about an hour's drive: the island is in fact accessible by a bridge connecting it to the mainland. We suggest you to stop at the Valle Vecchia car parking, just before Brussa beach. From here, you will be able to see a map of the network of paths that cross the entire island, and then you will start your itinerary.
Along the trails, you can find the casoni: ancient wooden and reed huts originally used as dwellings by the local population. Today, the casoni are used as sheds by fishermen and hunters, but it is possible to go inside some of them and imagine the simple, rural life of the past.
During your walk or bike ride, you will also find several 'bird watching' terraces from which you can observe as many as 150 species of birds including swans, mallards, herons and the majestic black-winged stilts.
With a bit of luck, you can also spot other animals living on the island, such as foxes, hedgehogs, badgers, squirrels and hares. The waters of the sea are populated by eels and bass!
In the Visitor Centre located at the entrance of the island (half an hour's walk from the car park) you can rent a bicycle or recharge your e-bike at the electric columns. At the info-point you will also find an exhibition dedicated to the history of the Venetian territory.
On your way back to Garden Paradiso, we suggest you to visit the small village of Castello di Brussa or to stop for a dinner in one of the many typical farmhouses!
Whether you have chosen to visit the Vallevecchia Oasis in summer or winter, here you can enjoy moments of absolute relax in all seasons. Before your departure, we leave you with four interesting facts about the island, to help you savour this experience to the full.
● Ernest Hemingway dedicated one of the most beautiful passages in his novel "Across the River and Into the Trees" to the Brussa beach
● Along the trails you can read various tables about the fratino and the casoni and test your knowledge with two quiz games
● The oasis we see today is the result of an environmental regeneration project with the inclusion of local flora and fauna carried out in the 1990s
● The name 'Vallevecchia' comes from a historical toponym: it was in fact the oldest of the valleys in the Venetian hinterland.
The Vallevecchia Oasis is just one of the many corners of paradise that you can visit from our Camping Village. At the Information Office, you will find lots of maps and tips about the most beautiful routes!