For children, Puglia is a playground of cone-topped trulli, ear-shaped pasta, rainbow-coloured gelato, and cloak-and-dagger caverns. Edged by three seas and some 500 miles of coastline, it’s perfect for pirates and mermaids, for sand-castling, snorkelling, or ‘simply messing around in boats’. Along with amusement parks, water parks, dinosaur parks and a zoo-safari, Puglia offers dolphin and turtle-spotting cruises, marine conservation projects for families, and coastal wetlands with hideouts for spying wildlife. After a game of Ali Baba in the magical grottoes of Castellana, you can slumber in hobbit-hole trulli, Flintstone caves, or a fairytale citadel.
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