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10 reasons why Puglia is the perfect family holiday destination

Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, is a sun-baked region that has a rich culture of simple pleasures. It’s a favoured getaway within Italy, and so gets packed out in the summer months, with Italian families filling their cars and hot-footing it here for the back-in-time hilltop and coastal towns, long sandy beaches, space to roam, and beautiful coastline, as well as the delicious rustic cuisine.

Although busy in summer, the region also bursts with life and energy in July and August, with celebrations and food festivals every night.

Whether during the school summer holidays or, with younger children during the long shoulder season (you’ll find weather in the mid-20s or above from mid-May through to early October), Puglia is the perfect place for a seaside family holiday.

Here are 10 reasons your next family holiday should be in Puglia:

1. Sandy beaches

Puglia is surrounded by powder-blue sea lapping pale cream silky sand. Outstanding beaches include the sublime 4km stretch of Torre Lapillo, an arc between two 16th-century watchtowers – the shallow tilt of the bay is ideal for families with young children. At the southernmost stiletto point of Italy’s heel is Pescoluse, known as the Maldives of Puglia, and there are some lovely beaches around Otranto, including the wild, pine tree-backed Baia dei Turchi, literally ‘bay of the Turks’. Most of the sandy beaches have free areas and private beaches where you have to pay around 20-35 per day for a couple of sunbeds…

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