The origin of the island goes back to the I b.C.: born as a commercial and naval port, Caorle has continued to carry out this activity through the centuries, experiencing periods of prosperity, at the side of the Republic of Venice, and periods of decadence caused by several wars that concerned it in the past.
The twentieth century has been a century of great changes: thanks to the reclamation of the marshes around the island and to the urbanization, Caorle has exploited its resources and has changed from an economy based on fishing and agriculture to one based on tourism.
Despite the town planning changes deriving from the urbanization, Caorle is still a “fishermen’s town” as it used to be. That because the connection between the island and its history and tradition is very strong; and exactly this connection has created a peculiar tourist offer, which has brought about the tourist success of this resort to an international level.
The coast of Caorle extends for kilometres, from the west to the east. On the beaches there are lots of bathing establishment and most of them are equipped to play beach volley and bowls on the sand. Near to the pier towards Porto Santa Margherita extends the public beach. On the beaches take place games for children, beach volley bowls tournaments. It is also possible to attend surfing courses. There are also many twin-hull pleasure boat hirings.
The old town centre of Caorle is unique of its kind: its lanes and small squares, the millenary Cathedral, the beautiful multicoloured houses of the city centre welcome tourists with the genuine hospitality of a fishermen’s town firmly bound to its tradition.
The port is one of the most suggestive place of Caorle: it seems to be the same as before and here are moored lots of fishing-boats, which weigh every day to put the tastes of the Adriatic Sea on our tables. Walking round the port during the day, it is possible to watch fishermen repairing the nets and in the evening, with the reflection of lights on the water, the romantic atmosphere of the port take us back to the past.
At Caorle, history and tradition meet and reconvene moments from the past. The locals savour their relationship with their cultural heritage because this legacy is reflected in their everyday life and has moulded their character and the way they live.