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Porto Santa Margherita, Veneto

Old fishing boat at mooring near traghetto, Porto Santa Margherita, Veneto

Old fishing boat at mooring near traghetto, Porto Santa Margherita, Veneto

Porto Santa Margherita

Established originally as a holiday town, since space in neighbouring Caorle was and remains at a premium, Porto Santa Margherita grew in the 1960’s and 1970’s to become a sizeable town in its own right. It has a host of restaurants – many of which are of high quality – serving seafood, past or pizza etc

Corso Genova, the hub of the town with bars, restaurants and shops either side of the pedestrian road

Corso Genova, the hub of the town with bars, restaurants and shops either side of the pedestrian road

Until recently the town was pretty well deserted during winter months though there are more and more people living there now despite snow on the beaches in mid-winter! The beaches in summer, though, attract visitors (and summer residents) from Italy, Austria, Germany and UK among other countries.

Beautiful, clean and well-organised beaches with water sports opportunities

 

Until recently the town was pretty well deserted during winter months though there are more and more people living there now despite snow on the beaches in mid-winter! The beaches in summer, though, attract visitors (and summer residents) from Italy, Austria, Germany and UK among other countries.

A significant feature of the town is its marina, linked to the river Livenza near the traghetto (ferry) between Porto Santa Margherita and Caorle. The marina has moorings for 450 boats, fully taken by sailing and motor pleasure boats. Close by, and in support of the marina ‘s community, are shops that sell boating and fishing equipment.

Boats moored in the marina

Boats moored in the marina

About 15 years ago an extension to Porto Santa Margherita began to be constructed on the southern side. This is now fairly well established, with space for further development, and a large supermarket in its centre.

Holiday apartments in the new extension to Porto Santa Margherita

Holiday apartments in the new extension to Porto Santa Margherita

Residential apartments and houses on the marina

Porto Santa Margherita continues to be more of a summer-home centre though there are some very good hotels there. The hotels Oliver, San Georgio and Ambassador are among the best.

What to do

Beaches, boats, bars and restaurants! Visit Caorle or surrounding towns eg Portogruaro or Concordia Sagittaria where there are ruins dating to the Roman era.

Concordia Sagittaria – archeological finds dating to the roman era

Concordia Sagittaria – archeological finds dating to the roman era

How to get there

Port Santa Margherita is about 45 minutes from Venice’s Marco Polo airport, and about an hour from Treviso airport. The road from Venice is direct though there are a couple of routes that can make the journey more interesting. Follow signs for Caorle and turn off before the bridge over the Livenza. Care – there is an entry to the newer part of PSM on the roundabout just after the village of Brian, continue towards Caorle unless you want the “new town”.

Where to stay

There plenty of hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast locations including private apartments and houses available vis AirBnB.

Car Parking

Car parking space is at a premium. Street parking is available but a lot of luck is needed to get a space.