If you’re looking for a family holiday with the kids, I can’t say I blame you that Ibiza isn’t the first place that comes to mind. You’re probably already picturing the massive superclubs, the busy beaches and the Club 18-30 crowds, but there’s a totally different side to Ibiza you can explore if those days are far behind you. From crazy adventure courses to scenic train rides, you’ll be able to find a piece of Ibiza that everyone in the family will love.
Most revellers choose to head to the popular clubbing resorts of Playa d’en Bossa or San Antonio, but you’ll have plenty of choice elsewhere on the island away from the bright lights and loud music, if that’s more your thing. Resorts which are popular with families include Es Cana and Santa Eulalia. Both spots are found on the east coast, further up than Playa d’en Bossa and the whole width of the island away from party central, San Antonio. Staying in an area of Ibiza which is slightly off the beaten track also means it’s much more affordable, as it’s not so near to the big resort centres.
Es Cana’s a place which really captures the traditional spirit of Ibiza, which, long before its party rep, was home to hippies in the Swinging Sixties. There are traditional Hippy Markets held every Wednesday, so you can take home some truly special souvenirs, from beautifully printed kaftans to colourful handmade bowls. The beaches here are stunning, and with shallow turquoise waves and plenty of lifeguards around, this is the perfect paddling place for families with little ones.
Santa Eulalia’s a great place for a family holiday. Mums and dads flock here from all over the world with their kids, so your little ones will definitely find some new friends to play with. There’s also a lovely promenade that you can wander down to check out the marina by day, or explore the bars and restaurants by night. If you’d prefer to introduce the kids to a bit of culture on holiday, you can pay a visit to the 16th century church of Puig de Missa which is found on top of a hill and will give you some stunning views.
Acrobosc Ibiza adventure park
Don’t get me wrong, most kids love the beach, but for an excursion with a big difference, an afternoon at the Acrobosc Ibiza Adventure Park can make for a refreshing change. Here you’ll find 49 obstacles and 20 zip lines and more climbing walls and tightropes than you can shake a stick at. It’s got the perfect location, found in between the two resorts I’ve already mentioned, so it won’t take long to get there, wherever you’re staying. Kids aged three and over can give it a go, and don’t worry, big kids are welcome too.
One of the best things for families to do in Ibiza is to visit the Aguamar waterpark. It’s a great way to cool off under the hot sun without worrying about getting sand in your ice cream! With slides for everyone from the tiniest tots to teens and adults, it’s the perfect day out for all ages. Race against the kids on the Super Toboggan or plunge yourself into darkness on the Black Hole. Found in Playa d’en Bossa, you could combine your morning here with a visit to Ibiza’s Old Town in the afternoon.
Santa Eulalia tourist train
Get out and about during your family holiday to Ibiza on the Santa Eulalia tourist train. It’s a great way to explore the lesser-known scenery around the island. On your magical 15km journey, you can stop-off at beaches and discover stunning mountain trails full of pine trees. It’ll be a real adventure for the kids and it’s one of the most affordable ways to see the sights of Ibiza.
Have you been to Ibiza with the family before? What were your favourite things to do? I’d love to hear about your experience below.