Recently we realized that we want not just share the impressions we bring back from our journeys, but also give extended information to use, picking the places we enjoyed the most. So, today we have a post to start :) It talks about a small Italian town Grado we have travelled in the spring.
Grado is located on the Adriatic coast, in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Once a small fishing village, now Grado is a well-known tourist resort with highly developed beach area and very beautiful historical center. These territories belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire for a long time and Grado was a celebrated spa resort, so the town is still very popular among Austrians. The town is very close to the airport in Trieste, and not far from Venice, so it makes Grado a great place to stop for a few days during a trip to the northeast of Italy.
The Old Grado is worth a special mention. Like in Venice, the narrow streets run through the historic part of thе town where small cozy courtyards are decorated with flowers. While the old town is quite small, it is surprisingly easy to get lost in the space, as well as get lost in time inside local restaurants :)
Grado has two beaches: the main – a wide seashore area, stretched along the city (with an excellent scenery of Slovenian mountains), and a smaller beach (Spiaggia Costa Azzurra), which opposites the old town. Each beach provides perfect conveniences; moreover, the coast area is full of many additional services such as spa treatments and indoor pools. Moreover, there are several pine avenues and town parks along the coast. We did not have a chance to estimate the beach resort to its fullest, as we were in town in early spring, but still we made a great walk on an empty coast, and frankly speaking, it was a pleasure that matches swimming and sunbathing. Then, there is a reason to come again :)
There is a fishing harbor and a marina in the lagoon. Mostly private boats are moored along the Canale della Schiusa, and we recommend you to take a stroll along the channel Porto Mandracchio, which goes from the lagoon to the very center of the city. This is an interesting place where elegant urban decoration mixes with marine lifestyle, and huge ships and fishing nets adorn this place as well as elegant evening lanterns and manicured trees that stand all the way through the canal. The city fish market and a restaurant lays here too, so the morning catch is hardly passing 100 meters before getting to your plate!
In the lagoons of Gradoa dozen of tiny islands is situated and we recommend to spend at least one day to study them. Take a tour of the islands to visit the island of Barbana with the ancient Sanctuary "St. Mary Of Barbana" and sum up the day with dinner in a cozy restaurant on one of the islands.So, if you really have time, it is better to rent a house on an island for a few days! Some islands are so small, that with a house you will get the whole island at your disposal!
Of course, any trip is not a complete one without visiting local cafés and restaurants, so we will mention a couple of places that we liked best:
Zero Miglia is a fish restaurant on the canal Porto Mandracchio, which is directly related to the fish market, so the everyday menu here depends on the catch of the morning! And, of course, all the seafood is incredibly fresh!
If you want real Italian pizza, your way goes to Alla Pace, which is located in the historic part of the town. Just true Italian pizza. Nothing to add!
Da Ovidio – here is a wide selection of seafood and more, an excellent set of wines and closeness to the old town makes it a great place for dinner.
How to reach Grado: Trieste Airport is located only 11 miles away from Grado, there is bus service. You can also fly to Venice – it is easy to reach Grado by car or train, though it is longer. The nearest train station to Grado is called Cervignano from which regular shuttle buses go to Grado, the way is little less than half an hour.
That is all for the first time! We will be glad if our post helps you to get max experience out of a few days in this wonderful and lovely town and see what we saw in it. Have a nice trip!