Step away from the party towns for your perfect family holiday in Ibiza
You’ll be spending relaxing days exploring the island in no time with non-stop flights from London taking a mere two and a half hours.
For a peaceful break with a real ‘away from it all’ feel, Port des Torrent is a wonderful family base on the western side of the island. Relax on the sheltered beach overlooked by lifeguards, enjoy exploring the various nature trails through the countryside or cool down with an ice-cream as you watch the fishermen return to the port with their produce. You’ll also find an exciting waterpark adjoined to the Sirenis Club Aura which is open to the public.
Best family friendly beaches
Ibiza is cloaked with Blue Flag, white sand beaches perfect for paddling toddlers, such as Cala Gracio and Cala Tarida on the west coast.
Older children and parents alike can enjoy an array of watersports up and down the coast from thrilling banana boat rides to parasailing and snorkelling. With promenades lined with tavernas and all the necessities, you can relax on the soft, pale sand knowing everything you need is on hand.
Best family activities in Ibiza
The pine clad cliffs surrounding Puerto San Miguel offer exciting hiking trails, including a trek to a 3,000-year-old pirate tower with panoramic views of the coast. The nearby C’an Marca Caves are also sure to impress little explorers, with their network of underwater lakes and waterfalls.
Most resorts on the island come with play parks filled with trampolines, climbing frames and slides where the kids can let off some steam before dinner. Hotel run kids’ clubs are another fantastic opportunity for children to make new friends and try new activities while parents enjoy a few cheeky cocktails in the sun.
Where to stay in Ibiza?
First up, is finding a place to lay your sun hat. This is absolutely crucial if you and you family are going to make the most out of your much needed Ibiza getaway.
There are plenty of places where you can be close to the action, but with your own space to breath if you need to just kick back and read. For example, San Antonio Bay is beside San Antonio Town and has excellent beaches, but is far enough away to get a good night’s sleep.
If you want to be a bit out of the way of the action, there are lots of relaxed locations, where families can get on with their holidays at a slower pace. Check out Puerto Cala Vadella apartment complex, which provides an easy-going and friendly environment with modern facilities.
You might want to get among it, in which case the vibrant atmosphere of the Hard Rock Hotel in Playa d’en Bossa could be for you. It’s child-friendly with the Roxity kids club and large pool area and, if you’re children are over 14, they can come to the music events with you.
Where to swim in Ibiza?
Of course, most hotel and apartment complexes come with a swimming pool or two, which you’ll undoubtedly spend hours beside lounging around in the sunshine while your little ones dive in and out. This doesn’t stop you longing for something a little larger, though. Nothing beats the ocean for swimming, and in Ibiza there are hundreds of beaches which are very family friendly.
Es Cana beach is a must for families, not least due to its healthy range of water activities. By hiring a boat you can make your own way around the many strips of golden sand, looking for the one that suits you best.
You might stumble upon the secluded and welcoming Cala Gracio beach, which is just a few minutes stroll from the San Antonio Bay. This coved strip of coast is the absolute height of relaxation and should be on your list of places to see in Ibiza. Remember, you’re just a stone’s throw from all the action if you do get a sudden itch to explore.
Where to eat in Ibiza?
Depending on your taste, there are a number of fantastic restaurants which welcome families with a warm smile and, often, a separate menu for the kids. In fact – in true Spanish style – almost all of the Ibiza cafes and seafront restaurants are family-friendly. However, if you want to experience the best culinary success with your little ones, then try one of these picks.
Samovar Restaurant and Bistro in Santa Eulalia is top of the list, with its stylish interior and artistic food preparation. They particularly take care to entertain you with live music on weekends and have a separate club for kids.
If you’re after something a bit meatier, then El Viejo Gallo in Port des Torrent is the place to go. This steakhouse has a great family-friendly vibe and serves up the best in locally-reared meats and veg, so no need to worry about your family getting a healthy meal.
Other popular holidays in Ibiza
If you fancy checking out some other family friendly spots in Ibiza, try the peaceful resort of Cala Llonga or Es Cana and check out the weekly Hippy Market behind the beach. For even more inspiration take a look at our Ibiza travel guide for more information on how to plan your perfect family holiday in the Balearic sun. Take a peek at our top five hotels below and start planning that perfect family escape.
Boasting three pools, an adrenaline-filled waterpark and located right on the tranquil beach front, water babies will be in their prime at this idyllic 4* retreat. Age specific kids' clubs are available, including creche sessions, football, swim and stage academies. With all that free time parents can grab a drink from the pool bar and relax, soaking up the scenic sea views or take advantage of the gym, sauna and whirlpool.
Dotted with lagoon-style pools and landscaped gardens although thriving with activities for the kids, this serene resort offers some serious time out for parents too at the Prestige Spa. The Play House Kids' Club offers free supervised sessions for three to 12 year olds, six days a week for a couple of hours and for an extra charge, toddlers and babies are invited to use the multi-sensory nursery. With six restaurants to choose from even the fussiest eater is catered for, and guests are even invited to grill their own dinner on a volcanic hot stone at the T-Beach Restaurant.
Enjoy freshly made, local dishes at the Bodega Restaurant or head to the Buffet Restaurant and refuel your team ready for an action packed day in the sun. Youngsters aged three to 13 can take advantage of the hotel's Kids' Club six days a week where they can get involved in an endless amount of activities from pool games to picnics. Older teenagers are invited to retreat to the Teen Hangout which includes an evening programme along with as activities such as archery and mountain biking. As for entertainment, expect live music, cabaret shows and themed parties suitable for the whole family.
Pack your little ones off to the First Choice Kids' Club and bask in the Balearic sun around the outdoor pool. Take part in a game of water polo, enjoy a round of mini golf or simply recline with a drink from the pool bar under the shade of a parasol. Weave through the hotel's gardens and you'll discover a small sandy cove perfect for paddling and an area to play tennis. Meals are provided at the International Buffet Restaurant where guests can enjoy cuisine from around the world and regular themed evenings featuring tribute acts and variety performances can be enjoyed by the whole family.