Ultimate Guide To Trieste Beaches

Barcola Beach. Illustration courtesy of Anastasia Bakastikova
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by InTrieste

No one does summer quite as well as Triestini. Life in the city slows down as the temperatures rise and locals head to the seaside. Here’s our ultimate summer guide to our city’s best beaches.


Pedocin (Lanterna)

Unique as Trieste itself, this beach has a wall that separates female part from male part (you read that right). Also, it’s a 5 minute walk from the center and if you are looking for a real Triestine experience, look no further (ladies’ tops optional, capo-in-b and chit-chat with tanned locals mandatory).


Few steps from Pedocin, you’ll find a beach club built in 1937 as Savoia beach resort. 1500 square meters of fun include swimming pool with sea water, solarium, trampolines and kiddie pool. Not to mention a bar from where you can watch amazing sunsets. 

Barcola. Photo credits il Piccolo


Most famous stretch of concrete known as the best walk in winter time and best place to get a tan in the warm days. Bring your towel or your lounge chair and don’t forget to give a few friendly nods to locals lounging under the pine trees. 

If you walk a little further towards Castello Miramare, you’ll find Topolini (Miky Mouse’s ears) – ten semicircular terraces loved by youngsters. And at the end of the concrete stretch Bivio, where many a Triesto are working on their impeccable tans. 

Bagno Sticco

Located on the way towards the Miramare Castle and on the edge of the Marine Park reserve, this beach spot has crystal clear water and is perfect for a family day in the sun. The changing booths from the 50s are a rare treat.

Marine Railroad Beach

Opened in 1925, it used to be reserved for the staff of the National Railroad service only. This beach has a diving platform and kid’s corner and it is hugely popular among locals as a dinner spot and after dinner dancing fun.

Filtri beach


This free beach can be reached by braving 64 steps down from Auguste Piccard st on the crossing of Santa Croce. The fatigue will be worth it: crystal clear water, white pebbles and some pine trees for shade. Delicious dinners are served at Bellariva café located on the shore.

Filtri FKK

Free nudist beach. Take the same steps and pass Bellariva’s terrace and follow the coastline towards the small marina. After the pine trees you’ll find what you were looking for.


Grignano 1 

Located in, yes, Grignano this beach is also known as Stabilimento Balneare Sirena. The beautiful location which offers all a bather who dream of, including two family-friendly pools. It is a great place to take your kids to.

Grignano 2 

Also known Stabilimento Balneare Riviera, this little piece of heaven is located just under the Hotel Riviera and you can get to it via an elevator (how fancy). It’s a go-to place for some peace and quiet.

Canovella degli Zoppoli

One of the most picturesque free beaches along the coast. You’ll need to climb down a tiny path located between the natural tunnel and the Ginestre beach. You’ll find a small marina and a typical local bar.


 The Ginestre

One of the most famous seaside places in the 60’s, this beach is covered with tiny white pebbles. Here you can rent parasols, sun-beds and have capo-in-bs at the beach side bar. 

Costa dei Barbari 

A nudist gay friendly beach reachable by walking down a little road from the parking lot in front of the Costa dei Barbari caffe. The white pebbles beach is completely hidden in nature.

Portopiccolo Beach Club. Photo credits Portopiccolo

Portopiccolo Beach Club 

It’s fancy, it’s beautiful and it makes you feel like you’re at a French resort. Magnificent pools, great service and beach side cocktails will make your stay here classy and cool. 

Sistiana Caravella

You’ll find this gem hidden between Sistiana and the former quarry. This beautiful beach (both free and with the possibility to rent sun-beds) has a playground for kids, small white pebbles and the view of Castle Duino in the distance.  

Sistiana ex Caravella

Fido Lido

Spend a day with your pups at this beach entirely dedicated to your best four-legged friend in Muggia, some 30 minutes away from Trieste (reachable by Delfino Verde). The beach has a large open space and offers all kinds of amenities for a fun day in the sun.

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