A Guide to the Best Things to Do in Bibione, Italy
Italy’s beachside town of Bibione is an idyllic holiday destination with a glorious eight-kilometre stretch of golden beachfront, endless natural green spaces, resplendent thermal baths, and scenic cycle paths that take away the need for having a car.
Pride of place along the cobalt stretch of the Adriatic Coast, the Blue Flag beach is the main drawcard to the otherwise rather tranquil town with its lines of beach beds, umbrellas, and beachside Wi-Fi. And while sunbathing is certainly one of the main reasons so many tourists visit this seaside town in the summer months, Bibione is not just about fly and flop holidays.
You’ll also find a plethora of outdoor activities, from Zumba and salsa classes on the beach, to nature walks, cycling routes, and coastal horse rides. Plus, there are some epic restaurants for foodies – Bibione isn’t known as the ‘white asparagus capital of Italy’ for nothing!
Planning a trip and looking for some suggestions? Follow this Bibione guide and later we’ll reveal the best things to do in Bibione!
How to Get to Bibione from Venice
Bibione is an accessible Italian island resort that can be reached easily by car, bus, boat, or train from eastern and northern Europe. If you’re flying in, the closest airport will be in Venice or Trieste, as there is no airport in Bibione itself. From the airport, you can get to Bibione in one of the following ways:
You can reach Bibione by train in less than two hours. Keep in mind that there is no train station in Bibione itself so you will have to travel to one of the closest train stations – either Portogruaro if you’re arriving from the west or Latisana if you’re arriving from the east.
From Latisana, you can continue your journey onwards to Bibione by bus. Buses run frequently from Latisana but check the schedule before you depart to be safe.
Buses operated by ATVO run from the mainland to Bibione in about two and a half hours. While the journey time is a bit longer, it is a much more convenient, affordable and straightforward way to get to Bibione than going by train.
There is an airport bus service available from Venice Marco Polo Airport to Bibione every four hours and there are several bus stations in the centre of Bibione.
There are no scheduled boat trips to Bibione from Venice, but you can make use of the combination of bus and boat tours run by ATVO.
These run Monday to Friday departing from St Mark’s Square in Venice, and back again. Have your own boat? Use these coordinates to reach Bibione’s Porto Baseleghe quay: 45° 38′ 10″ N, 12° 59′ 83″ E.
You can reach Bibione by car in just over an hour – either with your own vehicle or by hiring a rental car. Driving along the Strada Provinciale 74 from either Venice or Trieste is the fastest route to get to Bibione but factor in a bit more time if you want to stop along the way.
When to Go to Bibione
As Bibione is a beachfront town, the most popular time of year to go is during the warmer summer months, from May to September, when you can swim and play at the beach. However, keep in mind that this time of the year is also the most expensive when the costs of flights, hotels, and car hire rise with the high season.
Travelling to Bibione in September is, in our opinion, the best time as the temperatures are still warm (averages in the early twenties rather than late twenties as in the high season) with less rainfall, but the accommodation will be much cheaper than during the peak season.
Where to Stay in Bibione
The seaside resort of Bibione has about 100,000 beds in hotels, apartments, villas, and campsites, mostly scattered along the beachfront and the roads nearby. Many places are pet-friendly and there is even a dog-friendly beach!
If you’re looking to stay somewhere strategic, the Laguna Park Hotel is in a great location which makes exploring really easy. This 4* superior hotel has everything you could want from your holiday in Bibione: a sea-facing spa, swimming pool, kids’ activities, and its own private beach with sun beds and umbrellas that are free for guests to use.
Top 5 Things to Do in Bibione
With a population of around 2,500 people and covering an area of just 28 square kilometres, the town of Bibione may be small, but it certainly packs a punch. Here are the best things to do in Bibione, whether you’re visiting on your own, with friends, or with the kids.
1. Hit the Beach with the Whole Family
Home to one of Italy’s largest beaches, it’s no surprise that Bibione is a popular European beach destination. Along the eight-kilometre stretch of Blue Flag beach, reaching as wide as 400 metres in some places, you will find Wi-Fi and eager beach service with no shortage of sun beds and beach umbrellas.
While Bibione’s Spiaggia Beach is certainly ideal for sunbathing and swimming (it has 28 lifeguard stations!), that’s not all it has to offer. There are plenty of outdoorsy things to do in Bibione with free family-friendly workshops, sports and games held on the beach from Monday to Saturday, as well as spinning, salsa, yoga sessions, and aqua gym classes in the sea.
Plus, if you’re bringing your furry friend along, you’ll find that Pluto’s Beach a bit further up the beach is dog-friendly!
2. Practice Your Bargaining Skills at the Market
Bibione is well known for its excellent markets with something available close by just about every day of the week. The town’s local flea market, the Bibione Market, is held in the district of Spiaggia on Tuesday mornings in Piazza Mercato in the summer and Piazza Keplero in the winter.
You’ll find absolutely anything and everything you could think of here, from fresh food to furniture, and the prices are much cheaper than at the supermarket. It’s definitely worth spending a few hours at this market, so polish up your bartering skills beforehand!
The Bibione Fish Market (Mercato del Pesce) is another atmospheric market to visit in Bibione on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Pick up some fresh seafood, or just head there to experience the age-old traditions of the Italian fishermen. It’s open daily during the summer months.
3. Soak in the Bibione Thermal Baths
Bibione Thermae is an oceanfront hot water spa that’s revered for its amazing therapeutic properties. In fact, it’s so well known for its healing qualities that many treatments are now available under the National Health Service for Italian residents!
These mineral-rich baths and pools are one of the most exciting things to do in Bibione whether you visit in summer or winter. Open all year round, there are hot baths as warm as 52°C (125°F) perfect for long, lazy soaks as well as cooler mud baths, whirlpool sessions, massages, and thermal hydrotherapy treatments. There are even healing treatments designed specifically for expectant moms and children.
4. Get Out in Nature
Set on both the ocean coastline and on a sheltered lagoon, Bibione is the ideal place to get outside and explore the great outdoors. Surrounded by endless open stretches of greenery, pine and oak forests as well as natural protected parks, it’s a nature lover’s paradise.
The two areas of Bibione’s lagoon, Valgrande, and Vallesina, have been dubbed ‘local heritage walking sites’ where you can admire the incredible fauna and flora on foot, bike, horseback or kayak. Combined, these natural areas make up about 475 hectares that spread across 320 picturesque waterways and ponds, dense forests and farmland.
Keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife and birds as you explore the green pastures or along the banks of the canals. The protected area is home to flocks of flamingos, deer, wild horse, and wild boars. Bring some bread along as feeding the ducks on the ponds is one of the best things to do in Bibione with kids.
5. Indulge Your Inner Foodie
Tuck into some good old fashioned Italian at Bibione’s authentic trattorias and array of restaurants, with superb garden or sea views. Run by the locals, most of the restaurants serve the classics, from seafood to homemade Italian pizza and pasta, all cooked with only the freshest ingredients.
Known as the ‘white asparagus capital of Italy’, you’ll find this seasonal veggie enhancing a variety of dishes in Bibione, from salads and risotto to meat dishes during the springtime. Fish and seafood are big here, with oily ‘blue fish’ such as mackerel, sardines and needlefish being the centrepiece of most fish dishes.
And you can’t wash down a delicious Italian meal without some fine wine to go with it. Bibione’s Lison-Pramaggiore regional wines include Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Verduzzo, Pinot Bianco, and Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, so you’re bound to taste a few during your stay. Bibione is gastronomy at its very best – don’t forget the gelato!
Have you been to this coastal Italian city? Let us know your favourite things to do in Bibione!