Now that summer 2020 and the memories of cancelled holidays and quarantine is starting to fade, families in search of sun, sand and unforgettable memories will love the assortment of activities and experiences on offer throughout Italy’s Puglia region.
From family friendly beaches, whitewashed vertical coastlines, historic hill-tops, water sports and children’s facilities to keep the kids happy, to a zoo safari and amusement park, Puglia, in Italy’s unspoilt southern ‘heel’ is the ultimate family holiday destination.
Travel to Puglia with Voyage Prive for a unique coastal break or a historical and culinary Mediterranean experience in either a luxury hotel or family friendly villa.
When it comes to accommodating large families like ours, villas offer unsurpassed flexibility. Plenty of villas offer five or more bedrooms which can easily accommodate parents, kids, grandparents and other extended family members. As well as a multitude of bedrooms larger villas also boast luxuries such as private swimming pools, pergolas, gardens, al fresco terraces, BBQ areas and more. The Italians place a huge amount of value on family time, with the wonderfully spacious villas reflecting the country’s family oriented culture.
Often holidaying families will simply want to escape the crowds and enjoy treasured alone time with their loved ones. With walled gardens, gated driveways, private swimming pools and spacious public areas, luxury villas are the perfect way for families to reconnect.
When you want to head out and explore, Puglia is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello and its dreamlike districts of Trulli – magical whitewashed settlements topped with distinctive cornices.
The trulli date from the 18th century, when they were supposedly created to avoid taxation: they were built using dry-stone masonry (no mortar), so they would be easy to disassemble when the tax inspectors were in town, but now, walking down the narrow streets of Alberobello is like entering a fairy tale and that will leave the kids truly mesmerised.
Another great reason to visit Puglia with children, is for the food. Mine are normally fussy eaters, but who wouldn’t be happy eating pizza, pasta and ice cream every day?
You could even book in at a family-friendly cooking school earn how to make traditional Italian dishes, including pizza, and then enjoy it fresh from the oven.
If you are a family of water lovers, Puglia boasts over 800km of coastline, the longest stretch of any region in Italy with coastlines on both the Ionian and the Adriatic Sea.
The majority of the beaches are family friendly, with plenty to do, but kids will adore Torre Guaceto, as it is home to vivid coral reefs and sea grass for snorkelling fun, or you could take a boat trip out to sea and try and spot a pod of friendly dolphins.
If you need to escape the summer sun, one of Puglia’s best-known natural wonders are the spectacular caves of Grotte di Castellana.
The cave network descends 60 metres underground in a 3km guided walk into a world of spiky stalactites and stalagmites, ancient fossils and deep canyons.
Have you been to Puglia, is there anywhere else you would recommend visiting?