8 Things to do in Puglia
Situated in the heel of Italy’s ‘boot’ is the region of Puglia. Known for it is whitewashed towns, ancient farmland and hundreds of kilometres of coastline. When you visit Puglia, you’re visiting the embodiment of the spirit of Italy. Not only is Puglia the perfect destination for couples looking at escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but there’s a wealth of activities ideal for families too.
Probably the most famous waterpark on the coast of Puglia, Splash Gallipoli is set in beautiful natural surroundings. Packed with pools of all shapes and sizes, it’s ideal for little ones. There are plenty of rides for older kids too! The waterpark also puts on shows throughout the day, as well as games and competitions. There are several family-friendly restaurants, as well as shaded picnic areas.
Situated near Fasano, this incredible wildlife park is a safari and amusement park combined with a zoo. Younger children will love the safari, zoo and animal inspired shows, whilst older children will be enthralled by the rollercoasters – it’s a real action packed adventure filled day.
Il Parco dei Dinosauri, is a journey through the ages. Families are guided back in time on this one-hour trail surrounded by life-sized dinosaurs. Perfect for children who are dinosaur enthusiasts.
White sandy beaches
With hundreds of kilometres of coastline, there’s no shortage of beautiful beaches. Perfect for building sandcastles, there are many beach clubs with games and equipment ideal for keeping kids entertained.
Visit Torre Guaceto nature reserve, and marvel at it’s protected marine area. The guided tours of the nature reserve are perfect for older children and can explored on foot and by bike.
Hidden away in an ancient oak forest is the outdoor adventure park, Indiana Park. With zip-wire acrobatic trails through the trees, it’s the perfect family day out. With trails of varying difficult, it’s suitable for all members of the family. There are plenty of shaded picnic spots too.
Grotte di Castellana
Head underground and explore the natural wonders of the Grotte di Castellana. Descending 60 metres underground into a hidden world of stalactites and stalagmites, ancient fossils and deep canyons. Visitors can see up-close millions of years’ worth of natural formations.
Ideal for older children is a day out with Jonian Dophin Conversation. Become a marine researcher for the day onboard a catamaran. Sail around Puglia to observe and protect the mammals that call the Ionian Sea home. Passengers help crew identify different dolphins using state-of-the-art equipment.
The capital of Trulli, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello is a must visit for anyone travelling to Puglia. It’s fairy tale-esque homes with conical roofs and winding walkways feature hand-drawn symbols on them – adding to the air of mystery.
Combining sun, sea and sights there’s so much do in Puglia, making it the perfect family destination.