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While it might be difficult to tempt your children away from your villa’s pool or Puglia's long stretches of sandy beaches with their shallow, transparent waters, here are a few ideas that might convince them to leave their buckets and spades at home for a day or two!
Zoo Safari and Fasanolandia amusement park
From hippos to lions, from pelicans to penguins, the Zoo Safari at Fasano in the Valle d’Itria has over 50 different species of animals to see. Some areas are visitable in your own car, some are accessed on foot, while others require a trip on an electric train. There are special shows with parrots, dolphins, sea lions and penguins and once you’ve seen all that, you can head for the amusement park with rides for children of all ages. There are also lots of places to eat.
Non-stop fun is to be had at the Indiana adventure playground in Castellana Grotte near Monopoli. Rope ladder-walking, tree-climbing, cable slides and many other activities will keep your children occupied! There are different levels for different ages so all everyone should be happy. Safety equipment is provided and there is also a picnic and barbecue area, so bring along either a packed lunch or something to grill!
With over 2,000m² of swimming pools, plenty of water slides and tubes and a bar and picnic area, Curtipetrizzilandia Acquapark in Cellino San Marco, just north of Lecce, may well appeal to the younger members of your group. And when they’ve had enough sun and splashing you could spend some time in the Red Indian village or go for a walk in the surrounding wood, which has a mini zoo, a jungle play area and a dinosaur park.
Another waterpark, the Splash Acquapark, can be found a few kilometres north of Gallipoli at Rivabella.
We find that kids fall head over heels in love with trulli, Puglia’s characteristic little cylindrical houses with cone roofs that seem come straight out of a fairy tale. The best place to see and explore these charming dwellings is Alberobello in the Valle d’Itria. And while you’re driving there, why not play spot the trullo and see who can count the most.
Calling all apprentice speleologists!
If exploring the underworld is your thing, then Puglia has a couple of great attractions: the Grotta Zinzulusa, on the south-east Adriatic coast near Castro (150m of easily accessible caves adorned by a large number of stalactites and stalagmites) or Grotte Castellana, just north of Alberobello, an amazing series caves both for their beauty and size (3km in length and more than 70 metres underground)... not to be missed!
At one with nature... Torre Guaceto
Just north of Brindisi, the nature reserve and protected marine area of Torre Guaceto is a great family day out. With 6km of uncontaminated coastline, charming coves and paths leading through ancient olive groves and woodland, it is a great spot for nature lovers. For the smaller members of your party, a little train will take you to the beaches, some of which have lido facilities, while teenagers might like to hire a bike from the Info Point and do a little mountain-biking.
Family villas in Puglia >>