The Ionian coast is perfect for family holidays and for swimming with children, since the beaches shelve gently into the sea so the water is shallow near the shore. The coast also has facilities for wind surfing, water skiing and sailing. The ‘Circolo Velico Akiris Lucano” in Policoro offers several courses from canoeing to water skiing, sailing and wind surfing. The most popular resorts for families on the Ionian Coast are the resorts of Metaponto and Policoro.
The WWF Oasis Policoro Herakleia Nature Reserve in Policoro is perfect for families and is definitely worth a visit Within the reserve, it is possible to visit the Recovery Centre for Wild Animals (CRAS) and participate in various activities organized by the Environmental Education Centre (CEA), which include forest walks, horse riding on the beach, archery, and water sports such as canoeing and sailing.
Acquazzurra Water Park is located in the town of Metaponto, situated on the Ionian coast. The water park is suitable for all the family and offers a variety of flumes and slides, shallow splash pools, sporting activities and entertainment.