Lido di Jesolo

Hello everyone, I have just returned from a wonderful week in the Venetian Riviera and felt that I would share my view with you all. Since our weather in Ireland has disappointed us yet again this year I decided a break away in the sun was in order so I was lucky to get a last-minute deal to Lido di Jesolo departing from Cork on 29th July for a week.

I have already experienced a holiday in Lake Garda which was so enjoyable and was delighted to go to Lido di Jesolo to gain first- hand experience of the beach resort. I was pleasantly surprised by the resort which lies about 2 hours transfer from Verona airport but the scenery as you drive by is so beautiful that you don’t miss the journey.  Lido do Jesolo is indeed a beautiful resort which has the most amazing beach running for 15kms and so well maintained. Most of the hotels have their own allocation of sunbeds and umbrellas right on the beachfront free of charge.

We checked into the Eddy Hotel for 7 nights on B&B. The hotel has a small pool and bar for drinks to cool you down but with a great location it is so easy and indeed part of the holiday to go out in the evening and find a restaurant to sit and relax and watch the world go by. The hotel also offers free bicycles for its guests and this is a very popular way to get around. Since the resort doesn’t have any hills it is very easy to cycle all around the place and a lovely way to get to see the sights from the Lighthouse to the Marina to the little port of Ponti Sabbioni.

The hotel also provides air conditioning at a cost of 5 euro per day but a real necessity in 35 degrees of glorious sunshine. The hotel was spotlessly clean with fresh towels and bed linen every day so a great job by was done by all the housekeeping staff.

On the Sunday, we walked down to the beach and I was so taken in by the beauty of the place. You can imagine a long beach with warm water stretching for 15 kms with lots of hotels directly on the beachfront and excellent facilities for all ages from little eating areas to pedal boats. The beach was very busy with both locals and tourists but also I felt so safe throughout the whole holiday. At night it was beautiful to just stroll along the water’s edge and cool down. One thing to be careful of was the mosquitoes as I did feel they were very active and many people had bites but I guess that does happen in the extreme heat and humidity.

Evenings were brilliant in the resort as there is such a choice of coffee shops and restaurants to choose from and the good thing is that from 8pm till 6am the main street is pedestrianised so its lovey to just stroll along from Piazza to Piazza and maybe even stop for an ice cream to help cool down. Most of the Piazzas have live open air entertainment in the evenings and it was brilliant to sit and watch the performers and listen to the music and be part of the crowd. Of course a bit of retail therapy was required and indeed a great variety of shops were in plentiful supply. Shops to suit all budgets and styles are in plenty supply along the strip. There is also a market on Fridays in the resort so one can try their skills at haggling with the locals.

There is so much to do and see in Lido di Jesolo area. For those water lovers and adventure seekers there is Aqualandia  Water Park. Mini Golf is available as well as Play village where there are tennis courts and football pitches. Sea Life Aquarium and Tropicarium Park are both situated in the resort and a lovely way to pass a few hours.

A real highlight for me was viewing the Sand Sculptures which are located at Piazza Brescia and well worth a look. This is an international competition that takes place each summer and attracts sculptors from all over the world with their highly original oversized theme pieces made of sand.

We met the reps at the hotel and both ladies were so helpful in organising our excursions for us.

 On Monday, we took a trip to Venice and it was so wonderful. We were picked up from near the hotel and driven to the port of Punta Sabbioni to catch our private ferry to Venice. We then disembarked and started our tour which was very informative. I was really impressed with the sights of Venice from St Mark’s Square to the Bridge of Sighs. We decided to take a water taxi trip which is a great way to see the major sights of Venice in a short space of time. We then decided to spoil ourselves and take a Gondola trip to really experience the feeling of Venice (no Cornetto available) but my husband did serenade me by singing the famous song from the advert Just One Cornetto.

When we left Venice at 3pm we then continued our tour to the island of Murano which is famous for its glass blowing and then Burano which is famous for its lace making. Both Islands were lovely but Burano was my favourite and reminded me of Key West in Florida.

The whole trip took about 10 hours so it was great value and we were ready for a nice Italian dinner on our return washed down by a refreshing glass or two of Prosecco.

On Wednesday, we took an excursion to the Dolomites which really was the highlight for me as I love the scenery and wildlife of the area. We were taken by bus to the little village of Cortina and as we left the motorway and started our climb into the mountains I was really blown away by the beautiful scenery and countryside. Cortina is a very exquisite little village and so popular as a ski resort in winter time but what a little gem in summer with the whole area full of life with wildflowers and fauna. The village itself has a beautiful church and the streets are all cobbled stones lined with shops and hotels and eateries. We had a look around the resort and then took the cable car to Faloria which is approx. 2,200m high. From here there is spectacular views overlooking the village of Cortina and the surrounding mountains. It was a beautiful experience but since I don’t like heights I was being very brave. It was worth the trip up as when we got to the top of the mountain the views were amazing and we got to walk around the area and saw the little house that was built in 1993 for Sylvester Stallone for the making of the famous movie Cliffhanger.

On our return we stopped at Lake Misurina and it reminded me so much of the scenes from the sound of music. There was a lovely lake in the village and one could walk around the lake or take a pedal boat out on the lake for a bit of fishing or just relaxation.

This was another beautiful day out and so great to see the diversity from the beach in Lido di Jesolo area to the amazing peaks of the Dolomites reaching to the skyline. Pure bliss was how I would describe the trip.

For the rest of the week we cycled and walked around the resort of Lido di Jesolo and got to see some beautiful hotels and camping villages.

On the Friday night we dined Alfresco on the beach with Pizza and chips and dipped our feet in the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea absolute heaven.

On Saturday morning we were picked up from our hotel and transferred back to Verona for our flight home. I was sad to leave such a beautiful, safe and amazing part of Italy. The weather was exceptionally hot at the time but being so close to the beach and with the air conditioning in our hotel we were well able to cope with the 36 degrees. I would have no problem returning to Lido di Jesolo and in fact next time I would consider doing a 2 centre holiday with a week in Lido and a week in Lake Garda.

I would highly recommend Lido di Jesolo for anyone who loves great beaches, fab food and sightseeing to some amazing places. I would recommend it as a great place for families and couples of all ages as there is something to suit everyone’s tastes and needs. If you want to find out more on this fabulous resort give me a call on 069 22022 and I will be delighted to help.