o completely appreciate Grado, you could do no less than visit the surrounding areas full of unexpected surprises. To this end, we recommend the use of a rental bike as the ideal solution given the vast bike path system that crisscrosses the entire area. Spend an afternoon biking on a modern bike path to arrive at the outer limits of the Grado territory.
Leaving the center of town in the direction of Trieste, you will arrive first at the modern part of Grado, so-called the “City Garden,” full of hotels and sports centers, as well as abundant parking that serves the free beach, sports center, and the outdoor disco. Every Saturday morning the large parking area is filled with colorful booths and vendors for the local market that offer regional food specialties as well as wonderful options for souvenirs such as linens, beach attire, accessories and cutlery.
Just after this area is the “Valle Goppion” residential zone from where begins a panoramic mountain bike route along the embankments of the lagoon. Continuing along the cycling paths, you arrive at Grado Pineta, a tourist destination immersed in the green of the maritime pines with a full-service beach and a splendid view of the Golf of Triest.
From here you continue for several kilometers along a path lined with a series of camping sites well-known for their organization and service where you will arrive at “Golf Club Grado,” the prestigious and elegant golf club known throughout Europe. Without ever leaving the bike path, you cross the lagoon via the “Primero” bridge, finding yourself in the wide agricultural area of “Fossalon,” noted for its various agro-tourisms. Here ends the bike path and you arrive at a tranquil country road that skirts various fishing and sea spots until arriving at an enchanting nature reserve at the mouth of the Isonzo river (“Riserva Naturale della foce dell’Isonzo”).
The banks of the river is the uncontested reign of the birds, wherein have been discovered over 300 different species of animals. Moreover, you can stumble upon deer, wild boar, foxes, badger and hare. The reserve is organized with a visitor’s center, observation decks, and elevated boardwalks for visiting the marshy zones. From the left bank of the mouth of the river you can see one of the marshiest spots, Cona island, where for several years bulls and horses from the Camargue in France have been introduced.