Marina Julia (Monfalcone)
The coast along the Gulf of Trieste is well known for the sandy beaches
from Bibione to Marina Julia on the western half and for the indentedness and variety of the Coast
between Duino and Punta Salvore to the east, characterized through stones and rocks. Very soon You will become aware of the beauty and the charm of the
Istrian coast which has a lush submarine life and where every beach is different and certainly represents something worth exploring.
The coast from Trieste to Istria attracts visitors with cliffs
and magnificent panoramic views. Besides the unique cities of Venice and
Trieste you can already see the Alps on the horizon – therefore at
the Adriatic Sea you can expect one of the most diverse holiday
destinations in Southern Europe .
Portorose, San Bernardino ( 28 km. from Trieste)
Eastern Adriatic is for a reason
referred as the cleanest Mediterranean sea.The eastern Adriatic deepens
from the clear shallows to jade green and cobalt colours of the deeper
waters. Not many people can determine the color of the Adriatic sea.
Sometimes it's dark blue, sometimes greenish-blue. The fact is that the
sea, depending on the time of day and the angle of the sun's rays
overflows into a thousands nuances. However, it is always beautiful and
Bring, or buy when you get there, a pair of plastic water
shoes. Maybe it doesn't look the best, but it will help you moving
around the rocky and pebbly beaches or getting in or out of the water.
In many places, especially isolated beaches, you will find sea-urchins,
which is another good reason to have some sort of a foot wear. But be
glad when you see sea-urchins, it means the water is absolutely clean
because they live only in especially clean waters.
di Aurisina/Nabrezina - Beach Le Ginestre 9 km. from Trieste
The coast around Duino and the Riviera Triestina differs
markedly from the long sandy beaches of the Gulf of Venice.
White limestone cliffs fall steeply into the sea and there only a few
real beaches. Even more beautiful are the narrow coastal roads which run
from Trieste to Duino. Duino itself has a beautiful little port with
some restaurants and a small pebble beach and the small town is
surrounded by a picturesque cliff. High up on the cliffs stands the
magnificent Castello di Duino, which is owned by the Thurn and Taxis
Beach La Caravella 13 km. from Trieste
We strongly advise you to become familiar with
the beach and the depth of the sea at this spot prior to junping into
it: the shimmering of the sea and the changes of high and low tide can
be misleading so that jumps into shallow spots can sometimes result in
Portoroz/Portorose - San Bernardino
The indentedness of the coast and the variety of the
undersea result in a very lush sea flora and fauna so that divers,
professionals as well as non professionals, will certainly enjoy it. The
bringing up of shell remnants or strange stones is a frequent pastime
and such things are the dearest souvenirs which will always remind you
of your summer holiday at the Adriatic Sea. At this point, we would also
like to advise you not to bring up living organisms or any kind of
protected sea species, since you would jeopardize the submarine
eco-system. Please, also be careful and do not swim out too far into the
open sea while diving and do not dive without a signal balloon which
shows your location to fishing-and speedboats.
Portorose, Grand Hotel Kempinski
( 4 km. from Trieste ) Marine Reserve
A free beach - spiaggia
libera - is usually
signposted. It generally consists of a narrow stretch of beach close to
the nearest road access, and is identifiable by the absence of beach
infrastructure, (regimented sunbeds etc.) and by the presence of
clusters of sunbathers lying on towels. There may be a bar nearby, or a
stall selling cold drinks. Some free beaches are provided with showers
and public toilets.
Porec/Parenzo, Laguna Verde / Zelena Laguna
(69 km. from Trieste)
Beach Ambrella 110 km. from Trieste
Swimming in upper adriatic
Swimming is a very popular activity and a way to cool down on a hot
summer's day. Busy and private beaches generally have lifeguards dressed
in red, and signs indicating safe depths. Some beaches have dangerous
currents, and every year Italy has a significant number of deaths from
drowning. The presence of other swimmers isn't enough to guarantee the
safety of the water. Make sure you understand any signs displayed, and
ask for advice if you have any doubts.
Tides are not very high, nor can the waves be compared to those of the
UK's rugged Atlantic beaches. There are, however, other threats lurking
in the waters. Recently vast quantities of algae led to beaches being
closed along western coast. Jellyfish are common, and their
stings can be painful.
Normal european standards of dress do not apply on the beach, although
full nudity is kept for dedicated beaches which are generally unofficial
and remote. However, as soon as you leave the beach, you should cover
up. Swimming costumes, bikini tops and bare-chested men will give
offence once you're away from the beach.
Pay for comfort
For a comfortable beach stay, visitors could do as most Italians do, and
hire a sunbed (lettino) and parasol (ombrellone).
Seaside hotels often have a private beach, sometimes across a road from
the hotel. Others may have arrangements with local private beaches. Note
that even as a hotel guest you might still be expected to pay extra for
the beach facilities: check in advance if it's not clear. Some beach
huts and sunbeds are hired.e
If you've experienced a Mediterranean summer, you'll already
appreciate that the heat in Italy goes beyond anything experienced in
northern Europe.If you're not used to hot climates, it's important to
change your thinking. Coming from England, I used to maximise my time
spent outdoors, thinking "I mustn't waste the sunshine". But then I
learned that it might be sunny every day for months, and my goal became
to avoid the heat, not seek it out. Southern european heat isn't mildly
thrilling, like the British version. Here it is often inconvenient, can
put vulnerable people at risk, and should be taken seriously.
For a 14 kilometers (from Duino to Miramare) Trieste coast is made of
rocks jutting out over the sea ("falesie"); at their foot, beyond the
Sistiana bay, there are some suggestive bays isolated from the traffic
of mass tourists.
The Kvarner/Quarnero beaches
( 65-75 km. from Trieste ) are
also picturesque and various, there are sandy, small-pebbled and rocks beaches.
Strandcafè in Abbazia/Opatija , 69 km. from Trieste
Most beaches are of the "swim at your own risk" variety, and if you ask
the locals at your location they would be happy to point you towards the
The sun can be relentless between 12 noon and 4 in the afternoon, so the
best time to swim anywhere is between 9-11 AM and 4-8 PM. The
sea is usually very calm in the morning hours, and as a rule the
afternoon breeze brings some waves of varying sizes and intensity.ity.
Pula/Pola, Beach Hawai ( Verudella) 110 km. from Trieste
Hawaii Beach is located in the tourist resort Verudela Beach in
the cove below the hotel Park. It is a pebble beach and it has a gradual
entrance into the sea. The sea border line has been set into the sea.
The beach is perfect for families with small children who can with no
worries have fun in the shallow water. The adrenaline will find a place
for themselves in the nearest vicinity - the high cliffs from where you
can dive into the sea.
Nude Beach in Moscenicka Draga/Draga di Moschiena (73 km. from
Monterosso/Crveni Vrh 40 km. south of Trieste
CLOTHING OPTIONAL BEACHES
A resort or beach that is Clothing Optional means that you can be
dressed or nude - your choice. Many first timers prefer Clothing
Optional locations because it gives them a chance to "ease" out of their
Nude beaches, clothing optional travel and nude recreation
have exploded in popularity over the last 5 years.
To the South of
Sistiana Bay there are so called free beaches which are known to be
naturist for many years, Those places are mostly clothing optional.
This clothing optional coastline can be found about 500 mts. south
Sistiana is a quarter-hour drive from Central Trieste,
13 km straight up the coastline toward Duino and the Airport, taking you
through Barcola, Grignano and the Castle of Miramare along the way. Or
you can take a boat from Trieste harbour ( 50 mn.)
The beaches in the
Bay, close to the parking lots, are textile beaches (Caravella and
A 10 minute hike through the cliffside scenery to the
left of Beach Restaurant Castelreggio through Marina Portopiccolo leads
you to the clothing optional beaches, which are situated on small tidal
Le Ginestre ( Sistiana)
Parco Acquatico a Grado