If you want to find the perfect destination that makes the whole family happy, but you think it’s an impossible challenge, don’t you worry! A couple of readers of ours is looking for some tips to find the ideal spot for a green holiday with their family and… with their bikes! Here are our ideas.
we’re a couple from Trento and we’re writing you to ask for some tips on an ecological holiday with our family of three: we have a 14 months old baby girl. We’d like to spend two weeks in September somewhere where there are both sea and nature. It would be perfect if we could use bikes to move around, since bike trailers for children are so convenient!
Could you please give us any advice? We’ll wait for your suggestions. Thanks a lot.”
Our dearest friends,
you really had a brilliant idea. Among our facilities, many of them would suit all of your needs and desires. Here you’ll find some ideas to travel in Italy with kids in the nature, along easy bike trails and just a few steps away from the sea. Traveling by bike could never be better!
Marche: on a bike seat among the sea and luxurious green hills
Located in the heart of the incredibly beautiful Riviera del Conero, the Acanto Country House relais awaits you. This old farmhouse made of stones with a pool, is just a few kilometers away from the sea. But not only that, it is also located along one of the favorite routes of the area, the Pecorara Ring, a perfect spot for those who love bikes (which you can rent in the relais). And in the surroundings you’ll also find many more towns and cities rich in history and culture, from the Basilica di Loreto to Recanati.
The ideal place for those who want to discover the natural and cultural beauties of the gentle hills of the Region Marche… with the entire family!
Campania: the entire family goes to Cilento by bike
On the awe-inspiring seaside of Cilento and just a few steps away from the sea, the Eco Residence Villa Andrea welcomes its guests in two-rooms and three-rooms apartments with a view on the pool. Here you can leave for your perfect adventure (to rent right in the residence) to discover the historical and natural spots of this green corner of Campania, as Paestum.
Perfect for those families who would like to have the freedom of an apartment and the chance to move from one place to the other… riding their bikes!
Liguria: 3 green suggestions for the whole family, from Cinque Terre to La Spezia
In the Eco-friendly Apartments Clelia you’ll feel at home from the very first moment, even though you are in Cinque Terre: who travels with the family and with young children, will find all the necessary thing both in the apartments and outside… there’s a private beach, the pool and woods where to relax in the hottest hours. But most of all, there are bikes available for guests! What about the surroundings? You only need a short trip by train to reach Monterosso, and hike in Cinque Terre!
The ideal destination for those traveling with young children and sea-lovers.
Still close to Cinque Terre, the La Francesca Resort is exactly what you are looing for if you want to overnight close to the sea. In fact, it faces the blue pristine waters of a hidden bay! Children will also find a big playground where they will surely have a great time. From here you can leave and explore the surrounding area on the bike trail along the coastline from Levanto to Framura: when the wind Libeccio blows the view will be priceless!
You really shouldn’t miss it if you dream of riding your bike with a view on the sea!
The mountains behind you, the crystal-like waters of Liguria in front of you. The Sette Archi Hotel welcomes you with a gorgeous view on the sea and on the Bocca di Magra port. You can leave from here with your bike and reach the Montemarcello Park.
Perfect for you, who miss the mountains even when standing right in front of the blue sea!
Emilia-Romagna: Rimini on two wheels
Next stop: Adriatic Sea and Rimini, the ideal destination for your holiday on two wheels, where the whole family will have the chance to relax …especially if off season! And this is exactly what you’re going to find at the Luxor Hotel in Igea Marina, very close to the Parco Naturale del Gelso: 2’500 hectares of green vegetation to explore and many playgrounds for kids to play.
The ideal place for those who are vegans and care for sustainability: there are many city-bikes available for guests to enjoy a green holiday!
Puglia: 4 locations between Brindisi and Taranto by bike
Centuries-old olive trees, sand hills and unspoiled nature: these are the basic ingredients of the Biological Farm MATER, just a few kilometers from Brindisi and close to all the hidden beaches to discover by bike! The MATER project will give you the chance to sleep in the Marine Nature Reserve of Torre Guaceto, surrounded by the typical Mediterranean vegetation, home to a huge number of bird species.
We love it because it takes a really short time to get to the secret hidden bays, where you’ll only find peace and silence of a natural reserve.
If you’re looking for a typical Apulian house, then you really shouldn’t miss the Trullo Cicerone! Here you can overnight either in the “trullo” or in a yurt in a biological farm, among vineyards, olive trees, vegetable gardens and trees. Everything is carefully thought with great care for the environment, so that you’ll enjoy a unique holiday: the youngest ones will find bow shooting, trampolines and a witch broom swing! In the meantime, there will be cooking and photography classes for parents, held by the owners of the biological farm.
You really shouldn’t miss it because there are so many different activities to do in the very heart of nature, to make both children and parents happy!
The Masseria Vivere Ostuni is a hidden corner of paradise, with a view on the vivid green Itria Valley. Only 5 km away from the enchanting Ostuni – to be easily reached by bike of course – here you’ll find a welcoming hospitality, fully renovated with natural materials.
It’s the ideal starting point to begin your adventure towards Ostuni and the coastline of Puglia with your whole family!
The Agriturismo Salinola da Fabio e Paola is strategically located to reach the gorgeous Ostuni and the pristine waters of the sea of Puglia. Here you’ll taste the authentic local dishes, with oil and wine from Salento. A once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the Parco delle Dune Costiere riding your bike and following this itinerary.
We fell in love with it because here you can find the real essence of Puglia!
Toscana: car-free trip towards Viareggio
In the Arsella Guesthouse in Lucca you will find everything you might need when traveling you young children and babies. This eco-hospitality is just 50m away from the beach, as well as from Parco Pineta, a green oasis where your children can have fun among merry-go-rounds, mini-golf and many other activities. You also shoud try this itinerary, from Viareggio to Lake Massaciuccoli, especially tracked for a family.
Perfect for everyone who wants to say NO to cars and only travel by bike!
Veneto: discovering Venice and the lagoon by bike
Moving to the North-East of Italy, we find the fascinating Agriturismo Settecentoalberi: between the cities of Treviso and Venezia, nature stretches as far as the eye can see. A well-lit and huge location awaits you with a delicious healthy breakfast, cooking classes for adults and so much space for the kids to spend their time! We also suggest you get on your bike and discover Venezia and the lagoon along a fascinating itinerary (with a boat-ride as well).
The ideal destination for those who love spending their time is the open air and discover Venice in an unconventional way.
The ideas and tips to plan an eco-friendly holiday for the whole family – where you can also use a bike – are so many! From North to South, our beloved Italy awaits you for a sustainable and unique holiday!
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