Bibione – Italy: family holiday

Empty beach at Bibione

Empty beach at Bibione via Shutterstock

I am going to indulge in my love of Italy today as this is the time of year I see all my Italian friends post their holiday photos on Facebook and it takes me back to the holidays I enjoyed whilst living there.

Bibione, such a lovely word to say, is on the northern Adriatic coast not far from Venice. It’s a very popular destination as it is so easy to get to and it is totally geared up for families. Bibione has been celebrating family holidays since the first hotels went up in the 50’s and you’ll find some of them have been passed down through the family from generation to generation.

This family run business has so many pros to offer the guests, a personal and individual touch where the hosts recognise the needs of various families and are quick to satisfy them.

The Beach

Bibione is a long straight flat beach stretching into the distance with fine, soft sand. The hotels and ‘bagnini‘ aka lifeguards have rows and rows of umbrellas laid out for the guests but as the beach is so vast there is a lot of space between one umbrella and the next, plenty of privacy for families to enjoy themselves without feeling crammed in. You’ll be pleased to know that an umbrella and two sun loungers are included in your hotel booking which is a great saving on a family holiday.

A typical day in Bibione

We would choose a family hotel with a swimming pool often by the beach. As we went to breakfast Tommy, my oldest, would run down the beach with a couple of beach towels and place them on the umbrella closest to the water’s edge, a necessary tactic when it is busy and you want to keep your eyes on the kids who of course want to be near the water ;)

Mornings would be spent on the beach, I’d be able to read my book on the sun lounger and watch the kids play by the water’s edge. The beaches are amazingly well equipped with first aid, life guarding, baby changing stations, hot showers, walkways for strollers, play areas for kids and free games and entertainment. A mid morning espresso at the local beach bar with a glass of water was a great way to get myself off the sun lounger.

I must mention the sea at Bibione has obtained it’s 24th blue flag this year. Wooohooo!

When it started to get too hot we’d go back to the swimming pool and rest in the shade as we waited for lunch. Yes, full board includes a three course lunch with a huge choice and a magnificent salad buffet. My tip is watch out as the food is so good you’ll be piling on the pounds. ;)

Italian summers are very hot and straight after lunch is the ideal time to read in your room or make use of the hotel indoor facilities. We would head down to the beach from 3pm onwards and stay till 6 pm or later depending on our evening arrangements.

What else is there to do in Bibione?


Sailing, kayaking, playing fields and courts for the sporty. Bike riding inland and around the lagoon, nature watching around the lagoon. Bird watching for heron and storks. Fishing valleys, a lighthouse to visit and century old woods to explore.

Day trips from Bibione

Venice is a stone’s throw away and of course so are Murano and Burano which are incredibly beautiful. Verona, Vicenza, Padova and Treviso are all within a day’s trip and each of these Italian cities of the pianura are beautiful in their own individual ways.

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Bibione which I truly recommend as a perfect family holiday.


  1. June 30, 2015 / 2:32 PM

    Oh my Bibione sounds delightful. I could just pop myself in one of those deckchairs and enjoy an hour or two at the beach.

    • June 30, 2015 / 2:47 PM

      Meet you in the beach bar at about 6pm for an aperitivo ;)

  2. June 30, 2015 / 2:47 PM

    that looks so nice, and I would love to dive into that sea right now as it’s so hot here (not complaining though ;-) )

    • June 30, 2015 / 7:17 PM

      Me too Helen! And the lovely thing about the Adriatic sea is it’s not a deep sea at the beach so perfect for children

  3. June 30, 2015 / 2:52 PM

    Sounds an idyllic place – they seem to have it all sorted for making a relaxing family holiday. Loungers and umbrella included? That’ll do it for me!

    • June 30, 2015 / 7:18 PM

      I have spent some of my best holidays along that coast, great memories and wonderful relaxing holidays too.

  4. June 30, 2015 / 2:56 PM

    After my first (and much too brief) trip to Italy recently I’m desperate to go back and explore more of the beautiful country.

    Bibione sounds perfect for a family beach holiday.

    • June 30, 2015 / 7:19 PM

      It is Liz because when you tire of the beach there is so much else to do in the vicinity – like visit Venice or check out the local lagoon and nature reserve. Lots to do for all members of the family.

  5. June 30, 2015 / 4:45 PM

    I love Italy. It’s such a wonderful country full of history, culture and beautiful beaches and lakes. I would love to go back and I would feel totally comfortable as I know that Amy would have a great time because Italy is so incredibly welcoming to families and children. Bibione sounds like the perfect option for us as I’ve got a real weakness of the North of Italia and the Adria.

    • June 30, 2015 / 7:21 PM

      Carolin it would be perfect for you and Amy and like you say the hotels and restaurants in Italy are so child friendly. It’s a holiday you’ll never forget for all the right reasons.

  6. June 30, 2015 / 9:53 PM

    I visited Rome and Milan but never been to the beach properly. It looks really good!

  7. July 1, 2015 / 6:24 AM

    Love Italy but haven’t been since before the kids were born. Going to add Bibione to our family travel list.

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