Lignano Sabbiadoro is the most important tourist destination in Friuli Venezia Giulia; a whole peninsula that lies between the Adriatic Sea, the Tagliamento River and the Marano Lagoon.
Exposed to the Southeast – and therefore kissed by the sun all year round – it is one of the loveliest and liveliest seaside resorts on the Adriatic.
The jewel in the crown of Lignano is its beach: 8 km di arenile to experience and enjoy. The colour of the sand is so lovely, warm and genuine that it is part of the town’s name: Sabbiadoro (Golden Sands).
The surrounding sea is clean and shallow, ideal for a family holiday with the kids. Just a short distance from the shore the azure waters allow you to experience the sea in every way possible.
For years the resort has constantly been awarded the European Blue Flag, a standard that only a few beaches in Italy have, which denotes the attention to care and cleanliness not only of the resort’s waters but also of the whole tourism system.
The peninsula on which Lignano is located is a green space, one of the largest pine forests in Northern Italy. Its beauty even delighted Ernest Hemingway who stayed there for some time and baptised it “the Italian Florida”.
Other unique gems are the Marano Lagoon and the Stella River, both of which can be sailed and from which you reach ancient fishing hamlets, the Casoni (fishermen’s huts),the Mouth of the Stella Regional Nature Reserve and the Canal Novo Nature Reserve of the Marano Lagoon.
The Tagliamento River is another splendid natural resource that can be sailed, to see the tree-lined banks, to the town of Latisana.
Those who love pleasure boating will find the ideal starting point for exploring the Upper Adriatic:
Lignano is a real paradise for yachting and is one of the most popular on the Mediterranean, renowned for its modern, well-equipped tourist ports.
There is no sport that you can’t enjoy in Lignano: golf, tennis, cycling, beach volleyball, swimming, paraflying, judo, basketball and athletics. Lignano is also truly unique for the quality and quantity of the entertainment on offer – no other resort has 6 theme parks: Parco Zoo with around 1500 animals of 250 different species; AquasplashItaly’s first water theme park and still one of the best equipped in Europe; and Gulliverlandia,an amusement park with an aquarium and a tunnel that you can travel through, surrounded by sharks, rays and moray eels, with surprising shows and exciting entertainment.
There is also the Luna Park funfair and two parks especially for young children: Parco Junior and the reign of inflatable games – I Gommosi.
By day there is sun, sea and nature while by night you’ll be spoilt for choice: a delicious aperitif, a seafood dinner in a typical restaurant or the delights of Fruili’s cuisine, accompanied by the best regional wines. Then take a fun stroll in the pedestrian centre, the eldorado of Italian-style shopping, with exciting, elegant store windows.
Night owls will enjoy the modern lounge bars, discos and themed beach parties.