Contrary to popular belief, Ibiza isn’t just a party destination. During the main season, thousands of families set sail for this beautiful island to relax and enjoy the sun. With a huge list of beaches to choose from, there is something for everyone and when you need a break from the beach, there is a wide range of other activities and attractions on offer.
Here, we bring you our list of the very best activities the island has to offer for families.
Kids love a day out at the beach. It is the original family adventure. But to make sure your kids get the most out of a day at the beach. Ibiza has plenty of family friendly beaches.
Only fifteen minutes drive from San Antonio, Cala Bassa beach on west coast of Ibiza is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand on the island. Its shallow shelving water has plenty of rock pools which are ideal for exploring and the rocky coves provides fascinating snorkelling. There’s plenty to offer the adrenalin fuelled family too with kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards for hire, not to mention pedalos and inflatable banana rides.
On the east coast, Es Caná, just north of Santa Eulalia is a long, shallow, calm beach. The extra room make this beach feel less crowded and frantic than many of the others.
The beach of Cala Vadella is a 15-minute drive from San José. This pretty little cove has shallow waters and rocky outcrops to each side and is great for exploring on foot or in the water. There is excellent snorkelling here and for the more adventurous, there’s also a sub aqua school.
One of the best Ibiza beaches for families, is the beautiful, sandy Cala Llonga beach. One of the most impressive beaches on the island. It has a great children’s playground, along with pedalos and kayaking on offer. There are plenty of affordable places to eat too.
At the north of the island, the resort of Portinatx and its lovely beaches is ideal for families. With a total of three glorious beaches, each one complete with its own lifeguard, there’s plenty of opportunity for sunbathing, water sports, swimming and snorkelling and family fun.
Acrobosc High Ropes Course
For the more daring families, Acrobosc is a real-life adventure playground set in beautiful woodland near the resort of Es Caná. With rope swings, zip lines, nets and wooden platforms, there are a variety of ropes courses suitable for kids from the age of 3 upwards.
Safety is paramount, with helmets and harnesses carefully fitted and staff always keeping a watchful eye over the mini-adventure-seekers. The more challenging courses are suitable for adults too, so grown-ups should always feel free to join the kids on their adventures.
A great alternative to a day at the beach, Aguamar is an impressive water park with a range of water slides and pools, a play area and lots of green spaces. This large water park is packed with exciting water rides, ranging from slow and relaxing to fast and exciting, so there really is something for everyone. All facilities are provided including changing rooms, toilets, lockers, showers, restaurants and snack bars. The park is open daily from mid-May to September.
If you fancy a few hours out of the sun, The Cap Blanc Aquarium is a fascinating trip. At around 300 square meters, this underground lake is set in a natural cave and split into two parts. Between the two lakes the aquarium hosts living examples of almost all the marine life found around coastline of the island. There is also an impressive collection of other specimens including shark eggs, sea sponges, gastropods, bivalves, and other marine invertebrates.
Cana Marca Caves
In the north of the island just a few kilometres from the village of Sant Miquel de Balansat, this atmospheric cave is well worth a visit. Rich in history with stories of smugglers and pirates, these caves have many exciting tales to tell.
But Aside from the history, the truly breath-taking geological display of stalactites and stalactites is worth the trip on its own.
Horse Valley is a well-equipped stables, situated in beautiful countryside in the North of the island. Accompanied by qualified guides, you can enjoy a half day trek on horseback or a full day’s adventure trekking on horseback through the mountains as part of a group of 6-8 riders. At certain times of the year it is even possible to take the horses for a swim in the sea.
Enjoy a relaxing trip through the Ibiza countryside on board one of the tourist trains. Ideal for younger children, the trains offer a range of trips, with scheduled stops for you to enjoy attractions or simply to cool off with a dip in the sea. To help you get the most out of the journey, there is usually an informative ‘tour guide’ style commentary.
Pop Up Cinema At Your Villa
Why not make one evening particularly special by arranging a pop up cinema at your villa.
Once booked, the ‘pop up team’ arrive and set up a complete outdoor cinema in your villa’s garden or poolside. With a screen over three and a half metres wide!
The staff then create a relaxed atmosphere for your party with giant bean bags, candles, side tables, blankets and even serve fresh popcorn while you watch the film of your choice. You can enjoy anything from a fun sing-along to a hilarious family classic on the big screen.
Split between a large group, this can be an affordable and exceptionally unique evening’s entertainment. One for the kids to remember.