The 7 Best Beaches in Grado (2023)
The beautiful beaches in Grado are a guarantee for a relaxing beach vacation on the Upper Adriatic in Italy. For more than 100 years, this elegant coastal town has been delighting visitors with its long stretches of velvety sandy beaches, providing ideal conditions for a summer vacation for generations. The azure sea is wonderfully clear and shallow, making it ideal for families with little children and the elderly. Moreover, Grado’s 120,000 square meters of beach have been awarded with the Blue Flag, an award for the best quality, cleanliness and facilities. Along the 10 kilometers of coastline there are various beach sections, including paid beach resorts, dog beaches and also free beaches for those who want to spread out their own towel.
In this guide, you will find the 7 best beaches in Grado. We’ll show you stunning pictures and give you plenty of tips and information to help you plan your vacation.
The splendid GIT Beach, also known as “Grado Impianti Turistici Spa” or Spiaggia Principale, is the main beach of Grado and is considered to be a fantastic choice for a beach vacation. Thanks to its central situation in the seaside resort, its sophisticated atmosphere and the crystal clear sea, it has always been the tourist symbol of the coastal town. For almost 2 kilometers, the GIT beach is lined with several bathing establishments, divided into many thematic areas, including “Baby Beach”, “Family Beach” and “Spiaggia di Sissi”. The crystal clear sea slopes very gently and the fine sandy beach, moreover, is characterized by perfect facilities and a wide range of entertainment. Moreover, the choice of hotels close to the sea is also top and offers optimal conditions for a beach vacation in Grado.
A highlight is also the Grado promenade, which has a particularly beautiful historical charm. It runs along the coast and invites you to take long walks. There is also a wide range of beach bars and restaurants overlooking the sea.
Tip: An insider tip is Villa Erica, a charming hotel in a 19th century villa. The beach is also only a 2-minute walk away.
Costa Azzurra Beach
The Costa Azzurra Beach, also called “the old beach” by the locals, is a true jewel of Grado and is considered one of the most beautiful sandy beaches on the Upper Adriatic in Italy. Located at the western tip of the resort, its central position offers a magnificent view of the historic city center. Vacationers love this gently sloping, fine sandy beach with its beautiful sea colors and fabulous water quality. The beach is open to everyone free of charge, with umbrellas and sunbeds for rent in one section. There is also a free beach where it is possible to bring a parasol, towels and a sunshade.
The culinary offer of the Costa Azzurra Beach is also excellent. There are several beach bars that serve cool drinks and snacks. For action, there are water sports, pedal boat and SUP rentals and playgrounds for children. A special feature is the “Diga” promenade, which leads to the center and other beaches of the Grado coast.
Tip: We recommend the Sunset Room & Breakfast, a nice, small pension with a delicious breakfast and a great location right on the Costa Azzurra beach.
Grado Pineta Beach
The Grado Pineta Beach is definitely a good choice for a quiet beach vacation. It is located away from the hustle and bustle, about three kilometers from the center. Nevertheless, you can easily reach the old town by bike along the charming seaside promenade. Locals and tourists alike love the romantic setting and idyllic atmosphere of this beautiful sandy beach. There is a good choice of bathing establishments on the beach, and there are also some free sections of beach where you can spread out your own towel in peace. Families with children will also enjoy the beach of Grado Pineta, as there are numerous playgrounds and a wide range of beach activities. In addition, you can find many, often inexpensive accommodations just behind the beach.
The Grado Pineta Beach is very popular not only with beach lovers, but also with kite surfers, as it offers optimal conditions for water sports. The sunny island of Grado is known for its constant and pleasant winds, which provide ideal conditions for kitesurfing. In addition, a long sandbank protects the sea from strong waves.
Tip: The Hotel Ai Pini is a good choice for a vacation at Grado Pineta Beach. Sunbeds and umbrellas are provided free of charge for guests on the beach.
Al Bosco Beach
The Al Bosco Beach in Grado is an enchanting stretch of coastline, almost 1 km long, characterized by its natural environment and relaxing atmosphere. It takes its name from the campsite of the same name, located in a very quiet area just behind the sandy beach. There is also a beautiful pine forest, which not only provides pleasant shade, but also exudes a Mediterranean flair. On this wide stretch of coast there are many free areas where you can spread your own towel on the sandy beach, comfortably and without any constraints. There is also an area with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. The sea at Al Bosco beach is very shallow, which makes it ideal for families with small children and non-swimmers.
The long promenade behind the beach is excellent for long walks and bike rides to Grado Pineta and the old town. Along the way there are many picnic areas and beach bars with a sea view.
Tip: The Camping Al Bosco is a simple, but very comfortable 2-star camping site in Grado. Mobile homes are also available for rent there!
Spiaggia Libera Beach
The Spiaggia Libera Beach is the most popular free beach in Grado and is perfect for vacationers who want to enjoy the sun and sea at no extra cost. This natural sandy beach is located in the central coastal area of the resort and thanks to its size it offers visitors plenty of space to relax, sunbathe and splash around. Just behind the beach is a beautiful lawn with many green trees that provide cool shade on hot days. Moreover, the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. There are also a few beach bars nearby for refreshments and snacks, and free parking for cars and campers.
A special feature of Spiaggia Libera Beach is that it falls into the sea very shallowly. At low tide, it forms a large sandbar that is easy to walk along. Even at high tide, the water in this part of the coast remains very shallow, making it popular with families with very small children. However, this beach is less suitable for swimming.
Punta Spin Beach
A wonderful place for a relaxing beach vacation in Grado is the Punta Spin Beach. It is located at the southern end of the resort and can also be visited by non-campers. It offers plenty of space for sunbathers, even in high season, and there are also some free sections of beach. Compared to the other bathing places, it is a bit quieter, but still has a pleasant, lively vacation atmosphere. Moreover, the magnificent pine forest that gives the beach of Punta Spin a very special Mediterranean atmosphere is simply magnificent. Next to the beach is the Spiaggia Europa, which is also truly recommended and very popular with families.
The Punta Spin Beach is equipped with restaurants, beach bars and entertainment facilities. The clear sea and the well-kept sandy beach make Punta Spin a popular place for families, couples and sun bathers who want to spend unforgettable summer days by the sea.
Lido di Fido Dog Beach
The Lido di Fido Dog Beach is a true vacation paradise for four-legged friends and their owners, as this secluded stretch of coastline allows dogs to romp on the beach, play and swim in the sea. There is a choice of fenced and unfenced areas that you can book for your days by the sea. In addition, this section of the beach will delight you with its perfect cleanliness, the best equipment and friendly service. They have really thought of everything for you here. There are showers for both humans and dogs, special dog beds, dog bowls, dog toilets and separate areas where dogs can roam freely. In addition, the beach has a green area with trees for walking!
A smaller, but no less beautiful dog beach in Grado is La Spiaggia di Snoopy, located a little further north in Grado Pineta. Here too, you can enjoy a fabulous range of services, including the best facilities.
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