Bibione with kids: discovering family-friendly Italy
It’s rare that I start the year with only one trip booked – but what a trip to look forward to, a long overdue return to Italy… child-free.
But it’s a reminder that somehow I still haven’t taken my daughter to the land of pasta, pizza and gelato, with its wonderful cities and culture as well as that fabulous food.
Venice in particular has been on my family travel wishlist for a while, since she’s been old enough to wander by canals without too much chance of falling in. And along with the magical historic centre and bright colours of Burano, there’s even a beach to keep her happy, at nearby Bibione, an hour away by train.
With its own lagoon and canals, fishermen’s homes dotted alongside, Bibione has plenty of its own attractions too. Natural hot springs mean there are thermal baths and a spa, plus special treatments for kids and an indoor and outdoor pool surrounded by trees.
Or hire bikes and head out along the easy paths which take you to pine forests and inland, while if you venture a little further you’ll discover the area’s vineyards and the amusement parks of Gulliverlandia and Aquasplash.
There are watersports, games and family activities on Bibione’s beach too, one of Italy’s biggest at 8km long – not to mention the Blue Flag seal of approval.
If you’re worried about snagging a sun lounger, the Imperial ApartHotel has got that covered as well with sunbeds and umbrellas on a private spot for each apartment, not to mention its own three outdoor swimming pools.
Plus, of course, it solves the dilemma of where to stay with young kids – all the flexibility of an apartment with the facilities of a hotel, including a kids’ club and entertainment, nursery for babies from newborn up and a restaurant with a kids’ menu that changes every day, including baby food and dishes for various allergies and intolerances.
This being Italy (and the white asparagus capital of the country incidentally), it goes without saying that it’s not chicken nuggets and chips either!
Add a microwave in the apartments, and it’s perfect if you’re travelling with babies – plus changing tables, bottle warmer, high chairs, potties and strollers free to rent, and baby beds, anti-fall guards and step stools too. There’s also a laundry on site and bikes with child seats on offer.
And the most practical thing of all? Space… The family apartment has three rooms, sleeping up to six, with sun beds looking out to the sea from the terrace, WiFi and living room with kitchenette. The smaller family suite still has two rooms, so no spending your holiday cowering in the dark waiting for little ones to fall asleep.
Which only leaves me to wonder one thing. Exactly why haven’t I haven’t taken my daughter to Italy yet…?
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