Old Town Grado, Italy

Weekend Getaway to Italy: Exploring Grado

Dreaming of a sportive weekend trip close to the sea after a busy week? Enjoy your weekend trip to Grado in Italy – a coastal haven that seamlessly blends history, nature, and adventure. In this blog, you can find a 3-Day plan on what to do in Grado and its surroundings, featuring an unforgettable cycling tour through the nature reserve Riserva Naturale della Foce dell’Isonzo and enjoying the sandy beaches. Get ready for a great weekend getaway that combines exploration, relaxation, and outdoor excitement!

Marina in Grado, Italy.
Marina in Grado, Italy

DAY 1: Explore the city of Grado

After the arrival enjoy your afternoon exploring the historic old town beckons with its labyrinthine streets, vibrant piazzas, and centuries-old architecture. Take a leisurely stroll along “diga” or the Lungomare Nazario Sauro promenade, where you can relish panoramic views of the sea and the horizon. It was built in the 18th century to protect the old town from high tides, but today it links Imperatore Beach on the east with Costa Azzurra Beach to the west. The “diga” is a great tourist attraction, which is also popular with the inhabitants, who love to watch the sea from here all year round.

DAY 2: Cycling tour to Riserva Naturale della Foce dell’Isonzo

Start your morning with a cycling tour that leads you to the pristine beauty of Riserva Naturale della Foce dell’Isonzo. The reserve, known for its rich biodiversity and picturesque landscapes, offers a mesmerizing escape for nature enthusiasts and cycling aficionados alike.

Upon entering Riserva Naturale della Foce dell’Isonzo, you’ll be greeted by a symphony of natural sounds – the gentle rustling of leaves, the melodic chirping of birds, and the distant murmur of the flowing river. This protected area is paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers, offering opportunities to spot a variety of avian species in their natural habitat.

The mouth of the Soča River to the Adriatic Sea
The mouth of the Soča River to the Adriatic Sea
The mouth of the Soča River to the Adriatic Sea
The mouth of the Soča River to the Adriatic Sea

DAY 3: Enjoy the Sun, Sea, and Sandy Beaches

Grado boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic coast. Spend your day basking in the sun’s warmth on Grado’s sandy shores. The soft, golden sand invites you to unwind, whether you choose to lounge under an umbrella or take a dip in the sparkling turquoise waters. Grado’s well-maintained beaches offer a range of amenities, from water sports to beachfront cafes, ensuring a delightful experience for every visitor.

Beach in Grado, Italy
Low tide at the beach

Even if it’s a short weekend getaway, you can enjoy it a lot. We were very amazed by nature and we felt really relaxed after the trip. We brought home many wonderful memories. So, of you don’t like just laying on the beach and want to explore the unknown during your vacation, Grado is the place to be.