Puglia is a truly unspoilt region of Italy, renowned for it’s amazing cuisine, magnificent coastline and exuberant architecture and it’s where we’ll be heading off to this time next year. It’s perhaps not the first place that springs to mind for a family holiday but a quick look at its credentials readily proves that it ticks many of the boxes for a successful family trip.
Bookings For You are a family run company passionate about delivering on customer service and passionate about all things Italian. They have over 300 holiday villas and apartments across Italy, including a new portfolio of properties in Puglia. The owner, Jo Mackay, believes that the key to any successful family holiday is, ‘to keep the children happy and entertained at all times.’ Whilst many children will be more than happy to spend hours by the swimming pool (which you’ll need in order to cool off in the heat of the Summer in the South of Italy), it’s important to have other activities up your sleeves to keep them entertained and Puglia has an abundance of family friendly attractions to enjoy. Whether it’s a day at one of the waterparks, a day on dry land at an adventure park filled with treetop adventures galore, a visit to a papier-mache workshop in Lecce, or maybe an afternoon’s adrenalin rush of some fairground rides at the region’s safari and amusement park there is certainly plenty to keep them amused for hours and hours.
For those on a budget, don’t worry, there’s also plenty to do that doesn’t involve digging into your pockets. The coastline of Puglia is stunning and there are numerous wonderful white sandy beaches to make the most of, not surprising perhaps given Puglia has the longest coastline of any region in Italy with nearly 800 kilometres of coastline. Children also love the landscape of Puglia. There are several stunning nature reserves and Alberobello in particular never fails to excite their imaginations, with the ‘hobbit’ style white, cone-shaped trulli.
And of course, as you’d expect from anywhere in Italy, the food is superb. The menus are always based around the abundance of excellent local produce including fava beans, courgette, rocket, artichokes and durum wheat. The latter is used to make their ‘orecchiette’, which are little ear-shaped shells often served with sauces including broccoli, ragu or mushroom. Kids love it! Fish and shellfish are also much in abundance and the quality of the meat second to none.
For those whose appetite has been whetted, Bookings For You have a stunning selection of holiday rentals across the region, from traditional trulli to contemporary villas. With many options for larger family groups and extended family groups, they’re definitely a great starting point for any search for holiday accommodation in Puglia. Villa Marina is a stunning property, sleeping up to 12 guests and with a private pool. Another of our favourites is Trullo Piccoli, a much more traditional looking property but with a contemporary twist. It’s a property much more suited to families with older children but for those for whom it can work, you can’t fail to fall in love with the stunning interior, the private gardens, outdoor bar and pool.
Tempted? Then do get in touch with Bookings For You if you’d like any suggestions for your next villa holiday in Italy. For those whose appetite has been whetted, and would like to explore some potential villas in Puglia for their next holiday, Bookings For You have a stunning selection of holiday rentals across the region, from traditional trulli to contemporary villas.