Grado: an elegant island beach resort in Italy’s north-east
Seaside resort:

Grado in brief


Visit Grado for relaxing on the beach, golf, cycling, medieval attractions, day trips to Aquileia, lagoon exploration and spa treatments.


North-eastern Italy

Nearest airport:

Trieste - Friuli Venezia Giulia

Key resorts & areas:

Grado, Costa Azzurra, Pineta, Campeggi

Major sights & activities:

Basilica di Sant'Eufemia, Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Isola di Barbana, excursions to Aquileia and Palmanova, cycling, golf, windsurfing, sailing, lagoon boat rides, thermal spa

Best time to go

May to September; July and August is the peak season

Did you know?

One dish local to Grado is Boreto a la Graisana, which consists of fish and asparagus. It can be cooked in a number of ways. The most popular wines locally are from Aquileia and Collio.


Beach holidays in Grado


Grado is a elegant resort on a lagoon island in Friuli Venezia Giulia in north-east Italy. The destination boasts a few Blue Flag beaches, great restaurants and cultural attractions both in the town and a little further afield.

The main beach in Grado is fairly sandy, long and wide, offering a good amount of space for sunbathers. The beach is lined with hotels and pine trees. The other beaches in the area are smaller but just as pleasant. These include Costa Azzurra, Pineta and Campeggi.

Grado’s other attractions include the Basilica di Sant'Eufemia, a 6th century church with some particularly notable mosaics and a collection of stones, and the Basilica di Sant'Eufemia, which dates back to the 4th century.

It’s also worth visiting the Isola di Barbana, which is an island with a church located in the lagoon. You can get to it by boat and, if you visit Grado in early July, you might see an annual boat procession make its way to the island.

In terms of activities, you can choose from golf, sailing, windsurfing and other sports, as well as boat trips in the lagoon. If you simply want to relax, try heading to the Grado Marine Spa, which features a thermal pool, sauna, Turkish bath and numerous massage and hydrotherapy treatments.

There are a few options if you want to go on a day trip to a nearby locale. The ruins at Aquileia are just a bus ride away and are all that remain of one of the biggest and most prosperous cities of the Roman Empire. Most of it is still unexcavated, but what has been revealed has made it on to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The 16th century star fort of Palmanova is also accessible by bus.

It’s also possible to spend the day in the nearby cities of Venice and Trieste for more cultural sightseeing and a greater choice of restaurants.


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