Ibiza may be better known as the world’s clubbing capital, but did you know there’s a more peaceful side to the island? Pristine, secluded beaches, a huge range of activities and unique hippy-style markets combine together to create the perfect family holiday.
Stunning family-friendly beaches
If you’re looking to enjoy a family beach holiday, Ibiza has you covered. There are lots of different types of beaches to choose from, but we highly recommend heading to the one in Playa d’en Bossa. Known as the island’s longest beach, it boasts plenty of family-friendly activities from trampolines to bouncy castles and even merry-go-rounds; the kids will love it! Lifeguards are also on hand to reassure you.
Prefer a more secluded beach getaway? Head to Cala Tarida where you’ll discover a beautiful U-shaped bay that’s perfect for paddling. There’s also lots of picturesque hidden coves situated within the cliffs and rocks. Or, travel further north to Cala Salad, just 10 minutes from San Antonio. Here, you’ll discover a breathtaking bay featuring stunning calm blue waters. As it is really secluded, you won’t find much in the way of refreshments here, so it’s recommended you take a picnic with you.
An explorer’s paradise
Do you love to explore new fascinating places? Ibiza’s small size makes it possible to explore all of the island’s hidden gems throughout your stay. Take the family on beautiful walking trails, explore impressive nature reserves or enjoy a picnic in the woods.
You could also head to the UNESCO Ses Salines nature park. Here, you’ll get to spot an abundance of wildlife from flamingos to black winged stilts and lizards. Even the drive there is breath-taking, with dramatic sand dunes and stunning sandy coves to take in. Why not stop to pick up some local Ibizan delicacies along the way, such as different flavoured chocolate, chips and salt?
Or, if you’d prefer to explore the island’s coastline, head to Puerto San Miguel. Here, you can take the walking trail which leads to a magnificent 3000-year-old tower that was once used by pirates. The kids will be fascinated by the history of the place; especially if you venture slightly further to the Can Marca caves which were once used as a hideaway for smugglers.
Activities for all the family
One of the best things about Ibiza is that it offers a huge range of activities that the whole family can enjoy. If you are heading to Playa d’en Bossa for example, as well as the longest family-friendly beach, the area also provides a bowling centre which boasts a rodeo and mini-golf course. You’ll find activities like these are in abundance across the island.
If you head to San Antonio, you and the family could partake in Ibiza’s version of Total Wipeout. Situated in the centre of San Antonio Bay and San Antonio, you’ll find a floating obstacle course measuring a staggering 7,000 square feet. It has trampolines, climbing walls and slides, guaranteeing a fun, family day out. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more relaxing family break, San Antonio also has the Cap Blanc Aquarium. Once used as a lobster cave by local fisherman, the aquarium is home to a variety of marine life including sting rays, fish and octopus.
Head to Ibiza’s secretive neighbour – Formentera
If you fancy taking the family on a relaxing day trip, take the half-hour ferry ride over to Ibiza’s secretive neighbour, Formentera. This small neighbouring island has a real get-away-from-it-all feel, offering stunning Caribbean style beaches. It’s starting to become more popular with tourists hoping to enjoy a secluded holiday so now is the perfect time to go before knowledge of its existence reaches the mainstream.
Experience the unique hippy markets
Head to the quieter part of the island and you’ll discover it benefits from a really relaxed, hippy vibe. It’s no surprise given that hippies flocked to the island back in the 60’s and 70’s to enjoy its spectacular countryside and picturesque beaches. These days, their mark has been left in the form of unique hippy-style markets.
One of the best markets to check out during your stay is the one situated within Es Cana. Taking place on Wednesdays, you’ll find a huge range of unique goods from handmade jewellery to psychedelic clothing. It also features great entertainment from mime artists, drummers and even didgeridoo musicians. There’s also a dedicated kid’s area where your little ones can enjoy face painting or creating their own t-shirts.
As you can see, Ibiza has plenty to offer for families. Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun on a relaxing beach getaway, or whether you’re looking for a more active holiday packed full of adventure and exploration, this famous party island really does have it all.