When you hear the word Ibiza, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t family holidays. For better or for worse, the island’s reputation as party-central has become fairly set in stone. But, what you might not know is that the legendary parties are only a very small part of what this beautiful Mediterranean island has to offer. Surprising as it might seem, family holidays in Ibiza are the stuff that dreams are made of.
Not convinced? Read on to find out all the reasons why Ibiza for families is a great option for your summer holidays. We’ve thrown in a few tips on where to go in Ibiza for families and a couple of ideas for where to look for family-friendly hotels in Ibiza.
5 reasons you should book family holidays in Ibiza
The ‘White Isle’ is a total jewel, and there’s no shortage of family things to do in Ibiza.
1. The quiet side of Ibiza is blissfully peaceful
The excellent news is that, whilst it’s true than Ibiza Town and San Antonio are all about the nightlife, there are plenty of sleepier spots on the island that both families and those looking for a relaxing holiday make a beeline for.
One of the best quiet towns in Ibiza is Santa Eularia. Here, life is lived at a totally different pace to what you probably expect of Ibiza. Santa Eularia is, without doubt, one of the best areas to stay in Ibiza for families. Sitting by a pool enjoying the peace and quiet around here, you’ll find it difficult to believe that Ibiza deserves its crazy reputation.
2. There are all kinds of things to do in Ibiza for families
If you’re the kind of family that likes to have a full agenda of activities when you’re on holiday, then family holidays in Ibiza will be perfect for you. The area of Santa Eularia alone has 12 cycling routes, so you can rent bikes and go under your own steam or join a guided tour and learn about the island as you go, probably stopping off for a swim somewhere en route.
There are also eight hiking trails in this area, including a 3km easy walk along the only river in the Balearic Islands, where you can even visit the old flour mill.
If you’re fans of watersports, then you can try everything from diving, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding to parasailing in the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island. Or, take a boat trip to see the island from the water.
And it doesn’t end there. Kids’ activities in Ibiza, that adults will love too, include horse riding, zip lining at the Acrobosc adventure park, and even a jeep safari, that takes you off road, and is a chance for you to learn all about this unique island, whilst having plenty of fun into the bargain.
3. Visiting the Can Marça Caves is one of the most memorable things to do in Ibiza
There’s nothing more exciting for most kids than getting to explore some stunning caves, and I wouldn’t mind betting that most adults will be wowed by this experience too.
These caves are thought to date back 100,000 years, and have, in the past, been used by smugglers to hide their contraband. Boat trips run to these caves from San Antonio, meaning you get to admire the beautiful coastline, and spend time on the beach when you’ve had your fill of exploring.
Or, you can visit them directly. The mouth of the cave is reached by walking down the side of a cliff, and some of the lakes inside the caves are lit up, revealing incredible colours.
4. Ibiza has quiet beaches perfect for a day out as a family
As you might expect from the Balearic Islands, there’s no shortage of beaches in Ibiza. The east coast and north coast are best for those looking to escape the crowds. Santa Eularia itself has 20 different beaches, all unique, but don’t be shy about exploring further afield, either.
Parents will be delighted to know that the Platja de Santa Eularia is the first smoke-free beach in the Balearic Islands, so there’s no need to worry about the dreaded passive smoking whilst you’re on family holidays in Ibiza.
5. Holidays in Ibiza are perfect for adults, too
You’ll be glad to know that as well as being a great destination for kids, adults adore Ibiza too.
The kids will be kept happy by the sun, sea and sand, and you’ll get to sample some of Ibiza’s incredible cuisine and local wines, watching the spectacular sunsets and recharging your batteries.
The best time to visit Ibiza
Now you know why Ibiza is such a wonderful spot for a family holiday, it’s time to turn our attention to the best part of the year to visit this Balearic island.
Things can get both very busy and very hot in mid-summer here, so the best times of year are May and October, meaning this is a fabulous destination for those half-term holidays, if your kids are school age. June is also still relatively cool and uncrowded, so could be a great option if you’re not constrained by school holidays.
The best family hotels in Ibiza
The best family hotels are designed to make sure the whole family has the time of their lives.
The all-inclusive Occidental Ibiza is only a few minutes from Port de Torrent beach, and has three swimming pools for adults, and another one especially for children. Kids adore the adventure playground and the Barcy Club is perfect for the littlest people.
It’s in a fantastic location for discovering the island and will be the cherry on top of your family holidays to Ibiza.