Grado is a smallish beach town, located on an island connected to the mainland.
It lies out on the Laguna di Grado looking out to the Adriatic Sea and the Gulf of Trieste. The beaches are good, and similar to the beaches at Lignano, Caorle, Bibione and Lido di Jesolo. They are also child-friendly, with soft sand and shallow water for safe swimming.
Besides the beaches and other activities on the coast, there are lots of options for day trips inland to, for example, Udine, Trieste or Venice. It’s also possible to take a trip to Slovenia or Croatia, neither of which is very far away.
It is one of the few beach towns along the northern Adriatic coast, which has a medieval center. This old town is bordering the newer district. Grado is connected to the artificial island of Isola della Schiusa, and in the lagoon behind the town there are more than 500 islands, many of them at times can tread water because of the tide, which at times covering them. On many of the lagoon's islands will find the typical fishing houses casoni where fishermen spent the night in the old days during the fishing season. Today they are used primarily as stores and some of the bigger even opened as trattorias (simple eateries). From Grado there is a boat service to Trieste, Barbana and otherwise a tour in the lagoon.
The Friuli region is best known for its wonderful dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio, which is ideal with fish dishes , and fish is something they serve a everywhere in Grado!