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Organising a family holiday often needs to be a well thought out process. The destination needs to somewhere that can accommodate to parents being able to relax and relieve daily stresses, whilst also entertaining the children. Whether it’s taking the family out to a water park or exploring the stalagmites of the ancient Italian caves, learn why Puglia is the best place in Italy for kids this summer.
Things to do in Puglia with kids
From the sandy beaches to the serene countryside, Puglia is full of exciting family-friendly activities that everyone can enjoy on your next holiday. But what are the best things to do in Puglia with kids?
What would a visit to Puglia be without exploring the sandy beaches? Torre Canne is situated in the middle of the region, and home to a 4km stretch of soft sand and gentle waters. This is an arc between two 16th-century watchtowers, making it a cosy bay ideal for families with children.
Fancy exploring ‘the Maldives of Italy’? Baia dei Turchi (Bay of the Turks) is a wild pine-tree backed beach, situated at the southernmost point of Italy in Pescoluse. Private sections of this beach will require 20-35 euros per day for sunbeds and an umbrella.
For the explorers among us, whilst visiting Puglia, ensure to marvel at the wonders of the Grotte di Castellana. These stalactite and stalagmite caverns are said to have been formed around 90 million years ago. Discovered in the 1930s, tours of this cave are now available daily – and kids under 6 years old go for free.
Once there, you can explore the labyrinth of caves that measure 3km in length and go 60m deep, or if you fancy staying out in the open space, you can also go swimming off the boat.
Lovers of the countryside? Ensure you make time on your Puglia agenda to explore the wonders of Torre Guaceto – a scenic nature reserve and protected marine area. This idyllic spot is located just north of Brindisi, and holds host to more than 6k of coastline, coves, woodland and family friendly beaches.
Why not take the train round the grounds? Perfect for small children to enjoy, enjoy the sights of the Puglia countryside by rail. Alternatively, bikes for older children are available for hire to explore the olive groves and beautiful woodland.
Top Tip: Want to know more about the best things to do in Puglia? Read our helpful Puglia travel guide.
The Water Parks
Although it’s well known for its stunning coastline and beautiful nature, a water park can’t go amiss for Puglia family holidays. With the thrills of steep water slopes to shoot down and the thought of the lazy river to relax in, it’s hard to beat.
Splash – located near to Gallipoli – is a huge water park that all the family can enjoy. However, if you’re staying nearer the Monopoli area, Aquapark Egnazia is also a great choice.
Whether you’re looking for kids play areas for younger children, or more daring slopes for older kids to get competitive on, adding a water park day onto your Puglia family holiday bucket list is a must.
Whether it’s snorkelling through warm waters or trying your hand at scuba diving, Puglia is a great place for some under-water adventures for family holidays. Older children can get involved with under-water scuba explorations – and even receive scuba training that could one day contribute towards a full diving certification in the future.
There are a few taster courses for scuba diving available at Otranto or Torre Lapillo – however, if diving isn’t one for your family, let the kids get involved in the under-water action with some snorkelling around the coast.
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