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Camping Holidays in The Adriatic Coast

Stretching from Trieste in the north to Apulia in the south the Adriatic Coast of Italy covers its eastern shoreline. With blue flag beaches and calm shallow waters this coastline is a great place for a beach holiday.

Not only has it got some wonderful beaches but this area is packed with all the history and culture you would expect to find on an Italian holiday. The main cities on this coastline include Bari and Venice and both have marvelous treasures to explore at your leisure. If you’re also looking to add some outdoor activities in to the mix, whether it’s on sea or land, then you’ve found your perfect holiday destination on the Italian Adriatic Coast.

adriatic coast

If you’re looking for a family friendly beach holiday location then look no further than the Italian Adriatic Coast. With fine sandy beaches excellent for sandcastle making, and shallow calm seas perfect for paddling, this coastline has everything you and all the family could want.

The Adriatic coastline belongs to seven different Italian regions. Up in the north you have Friuli Venezia Giulia and then heading south there’s Veneto, Emilia Romagna, The Marches, Abruzzo, Molise and at the southernmost point is in Apulia. The major cities along this coastline include Venice, capital of the Veneto region, and Bari, the capital of the Apulia region, in the south.  Of course, Venice is world renowned for its canals, gondolas, art work, architecture and more and is worth spending a few days if you get chance. In the summer months it is often heaving with tourists but there are plenty of beautiful beaches within the region to escape to. The blue flag beaches are all well managed; they have sunbeds and parasols to hire for a reasonable price. Some beaches even offer babysitting services and have activities for all the family to take part in. Windsurfing, sailing, horse riding, diving, you name it and you’ll pretty much find it all available along this coastline.

The Adriatic coastline is also home to four marine protected areas. Isole Tremiti, which is also part of Gargano national park, is a particular highlight. This is an excellent place to explore, with seaside walks, boat trips and all the wonderful flora and fauna of the region to discover.

There’s plenty more Italian history and culture to see in this region, there are numerous coastal towns and fishing villages. Many offer the chance to try the beautifully fresh Italian cuisine incorporating the catch of the day in their menus.  Visit Chioggia just south of Venice for a slice of authentic Italian life. There are also the magnificent mosaics of Ravenna and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Castel del Monte in the south, such a wealth of culture and history to explore.

Campsites in the Adriatic Coast

Camping is a great way to experience this region as a family. There are plenty of family friendly campsites available within walking distance to some great beaches. The majority have all the facilities you would need for the perfect family camping holiday.

Holiday Parks in the Adriatic Coast

Things to do


It would be impossible to talk about the Adriatic coast of Italy without mentioning Venice. This unique city incorporating 118 small islands is bursting with cultural gems. Take a gondola down the Grand Canal, enjoy a gelato in Piazza San Marco, wander the narrow streets and marvel at the architecture. Whatever you decide to do it’s probably best to buy a guidebook before you head there so you can make the most of your visit!

Mirabilandia, Ravenna

This theme park situated just outside of Ravenna has lots of family friendly fun on offer. As well as the usual theme park attractions there’s also a water park offering you all the chance to cool off later when you’ve had enough of the rides!


This city in the Emilia-Romagna province has a wealth of cultural treasures on show. There are Basilicas, mausoleums and a majestic old town to peruse. Definitely a place to go if you fancy seeing some sites a little in land.


Located in the Marche province this pretty resort town has a beautiful medieval centre to potter around and plenty of fantastic beaches. From pebbled bays to tree lined beaches there’s a few to choose from here. There are deckchairs and umbrellas available for hire in most beach locations in this well regarded seaside resort.

Getting there

The main airport in this region is Venice, with regular flights to and from the UK it’s an easy place to get to. It’s probably easier to hire a car once here to enable you to explore more of the sites and more of the fantastic coastline.

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