The Southern Italian region of Puglia (the heel to Italy’s boot) boasts some of the best beaches in the country, making it a great place for a family holiday by the sea. During the sunny summer months, spend your time exploring Puglia’s whitewashed hill towns, mile upon mile of pristine sandy beaches and dramatic Mediterranean coastline.
You can't go wrong with a family holiday on the Puglian
coast. You and the children can spend your days swimming in clear
turquoise waters, relaxing on beautiful beaches and enjoying as
many gelatos as you can stomach. If you can tear the children (and
yourself) away from the beaches, you'll find that there's no
shortage of beautiful historical towns in Puglia. Visit the 1500
cone-shaped trulli stone houses in Alberobello, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, and the clifftop town of Polignano a Mare, where you
can watch the crashing waves from balconies and take the children
to a cornetteria (shop specialising in Italian-style
If the gelato/croissant combination results in a sugar rush and
your little ones are bouncing off the walls, our Sharky &
George fun packs, stuffed full of games and activities, should keep
them entertained for hours, giving you parents a chance to relax
and enjoy the stunning sea views.
Meanwhile, Puglia is home to a couple of our all-time favourite
family-friendly hotels, one designed to replicate a traditional
Puglian village but one with a spa, golf course and kids' club, and
another a 16th-century watchtower surrounded by ancient olive trees
with views out to the Adriatic sea.