First, there's no sand. People just lay out on concrete. For people who think playing in wet sand is about 80 percent of the reason to visit a beach, this is a huge disappointment.
|Now, who really wants to lay on concrete?|
|The water is clear enough to see every rock on the bottom. And every jellyfish.|
Fourth, the beautiful and expensive resort actually requires you to pay extra for beach access. It appears to work somewhat like a swim club membership: You pay for a day or season pass, and you are entitled to various tiers of perks:
- Swimming and concrete sunbathing only: 6.5 Euros on weekends; 5 Euros on weekdays
- Swimming and the lease of a deck chair: 8 Euros on weekends; 6 Euros on weekdays
- Swimming, a deck chair, an umbrella, a table and service: 28 Euros
- Swimming, a deck chair, and a small cabana to store your stuff: 800 Euros for the season
|The view from our hotel's balcony early in the morning, before the sun was enticing enough to draw beach goers.|
|The beach up the coast had a pool in addition to the cabanas, deck chairs and wooden pallets. There are an assortment of piers dotting the coast that drew crowds.|
Trieste does have several miles of free beaches closer to downtown, and there are small pockets of free access between the resorts in the area where we stayed. We passed the main beach on Sunday afternoon and it was incredibly crowded.
|My toes on the stairs into the sea.|