Navigable estuaries, beaches with golden sand, natural parks, castles and cliffs overlooking the sea are just some of the features of the Friulian coast, from the mouth of the Tagliamento river to istrovenetian town of Muggia.
And Lignano Sabbiadoro is an excellent starting point to explore the 130 km of the Friuli Venezia Giulia coast.
Who love to sail “slow” will discover unusual landscapes, unspoiled nature, but also cities of art and a special gastronomy based on the tastes and flavors of tradition.
Among the castles we point to Duino, whose view of the sea deserves an ancor drop. The building dates back to the fourteenth century and was erected on the ruins of a Roman outpost. In modern times it has also added a bunker dating back to World War II, made by the German Navy as a fortification of the defensive line of the northern Adriatic (Berta line). Inside it you can find objects from this period.
Lignano Riviera covers a golden sandy peninsula of 8 km. The coastline near Lignano is the best known among nautical tourist and offers a mooring in the docks of Marina Uno and Marina Verde.
Once moored in port, it’s impossible to resist the temptation to sail with a tender a section of Tagliamento river, which meets the Venetian Coastline, a waterway of 127 km that links the Venice lagoon with the Isonzo estuary. The landscape offers us pine forests, reed beds, lonely huts and nets of fishermen.
Lignano is a charming seaside resort which for years has received the Blue Flag for environmental protection, international recognition synonymous with water quality, but also with touristic services.
Lignano is the ideal destination for those looking for beaches, water sports, amusement parks, pubs, nightclubs and a vibrant nightlife.
But we continue our navigation to discover this beautiful coastline.
Near Lignano there are, in fact, a series of small islands and sandbanks deserts that mark the border between the lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. Great places to anchor and enjoy the solitude of sunbathing and swimming.
Accompanied by a perennial lull we continue to move up the motor coast to the island of St. Andrew, known as the Island of Shells, characterized by a long wild beach. Here nest many species of waterfowl.
Leaving the island, after a few miles, you can dive and discover the "Sassi" located on a sandy bottom at 20 meters deep. Also called tegnùe, these rocks are formed over centuries by layers of carbonates and other sediments, which are veritable oases of biodiversity. In fact, these rocks are the natural habitat of anemones, conger, lobster, croakers, encrusting algae, corals, and offer protection urchins, starfish, hermit crabs, and small fish. They are like a "tropical reef."
We continue navigating pointing to NO and we arrive in Marina Punta Faro, one of the main ports of the northern Adriatic, which is located at the tip of Lignano Sabbiadoro peninsula.
So we are ready to start the navigation of the lagoon, characterized by shallow waters, mudflats and salt marshes and where the tides also create gradients of one meter.
We should buy in nautical shops the Book of Tides, which is essential in the navigation of the Venetian coastline.
Drop anchor in Friuli Venezia Giulia and good nautical holiday!