5 Fun Family Days Out in Puglia

Lined with over 800km of beautiful sandy beaches, the Italian boot region of Puglia is an excellent choice for families with children of all ages – perfect for relaxing in the Mediterranean sun as the children enjoying playing in the luminous blue waters. No matter the age of the members of your family, you’ll all be able to spend an afternoon or two relaxing and unwinding on the white sand, the shimmering water lapping at your toes. However, when spending the whole of your Luxury villas in Puglia on the beach just won’t do, and you’ve got the bug to explore the region, Puglia also offers a variety of fun and exciting attractions perfect for some memorable family days out.

A street in Puglia

With so much on offer, you’ll soon find yourself captivated by the charm and culture of your beaticul holiday destination. With the turquoise water contrasting the white-washed cliffs, the incredible trulli structures that are scattered along the landscape, in addition to the expanse of greenery is sure to make you want to return time and time again. Here at Essential Italy, we believe that in order to make the most of your well-deserved time away from home, you need to find a balance between relaxing and discovering! Below, we have included a list of just five of our favourite family days out to inspire you for your next trip!


Splash Parco, Gallipoli

A combination of water and amusement park, Gallipoli’s Splash Parco is perfect for a wet and wild day out. By day, enjoy the thrills of the waterslides and cool off with the numerous swimming pools and water activities, and, in the evening, enjoy the fun and games at Fabilandia, which features a roller-skating rink, a wild west train ride and bumper boats.


Zinzulusa Grotto

Located between the small Salento towns of Castro and Santa Cesarea Terme, the Zinzulusa Grotto is a fascinating sea grotto measuring over 150m long. You can explore the cave by boat, passing through the wonders of the “Duomo” chamber and amongst the stalactite and stalagmite formations, and also discover the interesting Paleolithic history and unique fauna Zinzulusa Grotto is rich in.



A fascinating town which captivates people of all ages, Alberobello is unique in that it is lined with hundreds of trulli – whitewashed homes with conical roofs – each decorated with magical symbols. Look closely for the tiny doors which can be found in some of the buildings, leading to tiny and enchanting staircases and miniature rooms.


Fasano ZooSafari

Perfect for those with a love of animals, the ZooSafari is an exciting place where you drive the adventure. As you travel through the park you’ll take your vehicle past a host of wild animals such as bears, zebras, camels, elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes and tigers, which wander free through the park. Alongside the drive-through safari, there is also a walking section as well as an amusement park and an entertaining dolphin show.


Castellana caves

Filled with fascinating underground treasures, the Castellana caves are the result of the erosion caused by an ancient underground river, chipping away at and shaping the calcareous rocks for centuries. As you pass through the caves, you’ll pass by huge stalactites and stalagmites in a variety of dazzling shapes and colours. If you’d like to learn more about the caves, there is also a small speleological museum dedicated to Franco Anelli, who discovered the grottoes in 1938.