The Lido,the Beaches & You
Are you in Venice or planning to visit? If the answer is yes and you are fortunate enough be be there for more than a few days, take a trip over to The Lido. This relaxed island off Venice is the perfect place to decompress after several days of gallery hopping and shopping. You can luxuriate on a private beach, relax with the locals on several public beaches and sunbathing spots, go cycling or take long walks. It is also the perfect place to visit if you are travelling with children and want some quality family time away from the tourist frenzy across the water.
So the next question will be,which beach & how much? Below we have a map with all public & private beaches
These beaches are ridiculously well equipped. Some cabanas even have their own sinks! You will find restaurants, snack bars,children's play areas, showers, change rooms and more Prices vary from the jaw dropping to very reasonably priced but you will find a price point to fit your budget. The majority of clubs are gay friendly with many morphing into nightclubs once the sun has set.
In regards to cost at a private beach club
You can expect to pay anywhere from
May & Sept Umbrella E: 12.20
Sunchair E 6.10
Jun: Umbrella E: 14,30
Sunchair: E 7.10
Jul & Aug Umbrella E 16,30
Sunchair E 8.20
June-Sept Large Umbrella E 9.00
Umbrella E 8.00
Sunchair E 8.00
Deckchair E 5.00
Obviously prices become a bit more expensive the closer you are to the sea and depending on whether you choose to take a cabana for the day.
Another option is the public/private Blue Moon Beach. Grab the ferry from Venice to the Lido-Santa Maria Elisabetta stop. From here, walk straight ahead all the way down Granviale Santa Maria Elisabetta until you see a roundabout and you are there. It is roughly a five minute walk. If you are in any doubt, just follow the crowd. This beach buzzes throughout Spring and Summer.
Bring a towel & plop yourself down or hire a sunchair & umbrella for the day
Prices are roughly High Season All Day
E 22.00 2x Sunchairs & 1 x Umbrella
E 30.00 Front Row 2 x sunchairs & 1 x umbrella Toilets changing rooms etc inclusive
NB: Half Day starts at 14.30
Amenity costs for those of you that have brought you own towel are
Toilet E 1.00
Shower,Changeroom & Locker E 2.00
The final option are the free beaches:
San Nicolo at the northern end has no facilities. It is just an expanse of beach,grass & sea.This is a purely organic experience. Bring your own food and drink because there are no amenities at all.
Just past the last private restaurant/beach, you will find the Murazzi Rocks There is a bike track, grass hut structures, locals having a BBQ and nude sunbathing! Amenities are few but there are some restaurants and snack bars along the way. If you follow this track it's entire length, you will come to Alberoni Beach.
You will find one private beach down here,Bagni Alberoni.It is reasonably priced & laid back.
As you can see, The Lido offers a variety of options for singles, couples and families looking for a very local and relaxed experience when they visit Venice.