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Tourists head to Venice to explore its mind-blowing architecture, to lose themselves in the hidden passageways and explore its famous canals. But did you know there is a seaside resort just over an hour from the city?

Described as the sun in the heart of Europe, Bibione is not only family-friendly but also bursting with stunning beaches, wildlife and greenery, as well as offering great shopping, restaurants, pizzerias and nightlife. Quiet and unassuming, Veneto’s beach resort is nestled in the Adriatic sea and has plenty of attractions as well as sublime weather, with temperatures rising nicely from Spring time. And, with flights from the UK just over two hours away, it’s an ideal getaway offering a laid-back extension to a long weekend in bustling Venice.

Family Holiday Inspiration: Bibione, Italy

Where to stay

From apartments, hotels and campsites, you really do have a variety of choice when it comes to accommodation in Bibione. MTM likes the look of Ros Hotels and in particular, . Situated right on a private part of the beach, this seafront hotel is in a central location, close to shops and restaurants and only 10 minutes to the main part of town. The most appealing aspect, though, is how child-friendly Hotel Las Vegas is.

Children receive a welcome gift on arrival, meanwhile the hotel’s Mini Club offers younger guests daily activities – some on the beach, in the shade of the Beach Club Las Vegas, or in the hotel’s colourful play room. From face painting, dance and treasure hunts, kids will not be bored, and families can also hire free bikes which include child seats and helmets.

Family Holiday Inspiration: Bibione, Italy

The newly renovated rooms, too, come well equipped with all mod-cons, as well as baby cots, changing tables and monitors. Of course, family suites and inter-connecting rooms are available.

The Beach

Bibione has one of the biggest beaches in Italy – and has received the Blue Flag Award for its clean waters and protected environment and coastline. It’s 8km long and up to 400m wide in some places. There are plenty of umbrellas and sun beds to rent as well as eight service zones with beach huts, showers and nurseries, and special facilities and services for disabled people. Visitors can stop off at any one of the many refreshment areas for a light lunch or an ice cream and they can take advantage of the Wi-Fi, the beach shuttle and the online booking system.

Family Holiday Inspiration: Bibione, Italy

For those who like to keep fit, then there you can take your pick from over 15 different sports from volleyball, to tennis and a number of water sports available.

Again, families are well-catered for. The beach is not only safe for youngsters but there are also free daily activities to keep them busy – as well as playgrounds and play areas.

Things to do

Where to start? Obviously with Venice only an hour away, it would be rude not to visit this beautiful city. I’ve been twice, and could never tire of wandering the Piazza San Marco, or the winding streets – or watching the gondolas bobbing along the canals. Elsewhere, the cities of Verona, Padua and Treviso are also within easy reach of Bibione – which would be ideal for great family day trips.

Family Holiday Inspiration: Bibione, Italy

Closer to the resort, there are plethora of things to see and do – from nature walks, cycle routes and landmarks such as the Lighthouse and its famous Thermae Spa to attractions for the whole family such as the zoo, water parks and several theme parks including Gulliverlandia and Aqualand.

Family Holiday Inspiration: Bibione, Italy

For me, though, the appeal definitely is in the relaxing part! Just lying on the beach and wondering when to get up and go a get a gelato would be strenuous enough! But that’s the great thing about Bibione, there really is something for everyone in this popular Italian beach resort. And seeing as MTM are such huge fans of Italy, this is yet another stunning place to add to our ever-growing wish list!

* This post is in collaboration with Ros Hotels