Although world famous for its nightlife, the island of Ibiza offers you a lot of possibilities to enjoy with family, whether you come from vacation as if you live here.
If you are on vacation, we will give you some first clues to help you find your way: Although obviously there are family tourism and plans for children throughout the island, during the months of high season recommend Focus on the areas of Santa Eulalia and San Juan, quieter, and avoid points that are more of "party" tourism such as Playa d'en Bossa, San Antonio and the San José area.
Now, let's go with this one. complete guide full of fun plans to do with children en Ibiza.
We go to the beach
We are on an island full of Wonderful beaches and for all tastes. Although you may have an off-road family, we are going to recommend some very enjoyable beaches to go with children, for their easy access, For having services like Restaurants or water sports, with shallow waters where they can bathe safely, and of sand, Which leaves parents quieter with possible falls if they are very young and is an extra incentive for them who can enjoy playing with her.
Our favorite beaches to go with children:
-Talamanca: A bay of calm waters that covers very little, with a lot of restaurants (several very affordable), where the Sundays in winter, open shovel games are organized to all, of comfortable access and with a nice walk to do in bike.
-Cala Martina: It is also a shallow bay with a sandy beach, with several restaurants and two campsites nearby, which is also next to the Es Canar flea market, combining you already have the full day.
-Cala Pada: Another bay where the water does not cover, with pine trees to enjoy shade and that has a jetty from which they will enjoy like crazy people jumping safely.
-Cala Nova: It is a somewhat more open bay, so it is one of the few beaches that sometimes have waves where you can body surf. In the Atzaró Beach restaurant they also usually have activities for children
-Cala Xarraca: A charming little cove that is not usually very crowded and has the perfect bottoms for snorkeling. Older kids (and brave parents) will love jumping off the islet right in front.
-Cala de Sant Vicent: Very comfortable semi-urban beach, with a nice walk and with all the services and water sports and that being quite large is ideal to go in summer, because there is usually always enough space to plant the towel without stress.
-It's Niu Blau: Very close to Santa Eulalia, tiny, with area of pines and very calm waters and without depth.
-It's Figueral: It's like the family version of the famous Aigües Blanques beach, a long sandy beach with restaurants, kayaking and water sports, and easy access and parking.
-S'Arenal Gran y Small: Two beautiful sandy beaches in Portinatx, with the exception that in summer they are quite crowded and it can be difficult to find parking.
-Port of San Miguel: Semi urban beach with pedal boats, kayaking, and other water activities, souvenir area, shops and restaurants and easy parking.
-Cala Molí: A nice and quiet beach to the west of the island which is also ideal for snorkeling.
As we told you, in almost all the beaches of the island, including of course the ones that we recommend, there is rental of Pedal booths, But also in many you will find the option to practice windsurf (Playa d'en Bossa, Santa Eulalia ...), kayak (It is Figueral or Cala Martina ...), Banana Sky Bus (Cala Bassa ...), Stand up paddle (San Antonio, Puerto de San Miguel ...), diving (Playa d'en Bossa, San Antonio, Cala Pada, Portinatx ...), etc. The most active children will find endless possibilities.
En Salinas Sailing Club They have a great summer school where they will learn all kinds of water sports while having a great time.
Also, if you live on the island, be sure to ask for the Courses for residents Which they organize in Sailing Schools in Ibiza, Santa Eulalia or San Antonio, Your children are just one step away from becoming true sea lions!
If fresh water is more to them
Although playing on the beach is a joy, many children love fresh water, and in winter When it is bad to pass the afternoon in the pool Can be a very helpful option. We especially recommend the Municipal swimming pool of Es Viver Because you can always enter with children (in other municipal swimming pools only some specific days) and they have a small initiation pool and jacuzzi So that you also relax. In almost all municipal swimming pools days of inflatables and games designed for them, it is a matter of calling and asking when.
En summer, they will go crazy with the slides and pools of Sirenis Aguagames, a water park where you can spend a fun day with your family.
Another ideal option for the summer is to take them to spend the day at Ibiza Country Club, in Sant Jordi, which has Pool, tennis and paddle courts, large gardens, restaurant… You don't have to be a member to enter and they also organize many activities and children's workshops.
You can also go spend the day at some restaurant or hotel that counts with pool, there are many, but we highlight some very cool as the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, where although there are days when they have Pool Parties or parties for adults only, on quieter days the children will be amazed by that incredible pool with an underwater sound system and they also have a children's menu to eat. The Pou des Lleó hostel and restaurant It is a very nice and familiar place with one of the best paellas on the island where you can easily spend the day at the pool. It's Racó, Near San Mateo, we like it a lot because it has live music in the pool on Sundays, toast and a mix family atmosphere and rocker. Balansat Resort, In Puerto de San Miguel, it has a pool with slides and games that is very fun and you can pay just to go in to spend the day in the pool. And it is very worth going to know the Bam-bu-ku, a nice and spacious beachfront restaurant in San Antonio that, in addition to a swimming pool and several seating areas, has the Only artificial wave of the island, If your children (or you) like the emotions, you have to try it!
A winter classic: playgrounds
All over the island you will find a lot of playgrounds Which will delight the little ones. There are many, but we especially recommend two that are in Santa Eulalia, one on the boat-shaped promenade, and the new one next to the Mercadona with swings that will delight older children. In Cala Llonga you have one in the same sand on the beach, the Sant Jordi, Next to the Church, is also of sand and like to big and small, in the Paseo Marítimo from Ibiza to Talamanca there are several very cool playgrounds and gadgets so that parents can also exercise, and the Bahía de San Antonio it has a small karting, trampolines and fairgrounds.
Special mention deserves the Acrobosc, in S'Argamassa, in the Es Canar area, where the older children will have a great time playing in a beautiful forest with the three different zipline circuits there.
Discover Ibiza from the sea
Spending a day sailing can be a different and fun alternative for the whole family. There is boat trips Which take you from the main beaches of the island, for example from the Port of Ibiza to Talamanca, from San Antonio to Cala Bassa, Cala Comte or Cala Taridaat Santa Eulalia to Cala Llonga, Cala Pada or Es Figueral… There are a lot of options, or if you prefer in the ports of Ibiza, San Antonio and Santa Eulalia you have more complete excursions with the Glass-bottom boats, Boats with glass floor that will allow you See the seabed and in which if you have a bit of luck you can even see dolphins.
Alternatively Go spend the day at the neighbor Formentera And enjoy its incredible turquoise waters, you can go in the Ferrys leaving From the Port of Ibiza or on scheduled excursions from Figueretas, Santa Eulalia ...
Other unforgettable excursions
Hiking is always grateful. Among other options we recommend you to visit the Cueva de Can Marçà, to the north, near San Miguel, the Aquarium of Cap Blanc, In San Antonio, a small and beautiful aquarium installed in a natural cave, where in summer they offer sardines, or even discover Ibiza from the sky and with a balloon excursion, A truly unforgettable experience!
If you prefer to put it on your own, there are plenty of Routes around the island specially enabled to travel walking or cycling, And all municipalities and many sports companies organize Excursions every weekend That will take you to discover incredible places for free or for a very reduced price.
We recommend you visit the defense towers of the island, From where to enjoy wonderful views of the sea. Another very nice excursion to do with children is from the Interpretation center of Sant Francesc de Ses Salines towards Playa d'en Bossa, Where you can see flamingos in the wetlands. Do not forget the binoculars!
Children's play centers and play centers
For those endless winter afternoons, there are several play centers and children's leisure On the island that are worth knowing and offer workshops and activities Of the most varied, in addition to having facilities full of games, in many cases with parks of balls and slides.
Cultural activities with children
Every weekend the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Puget Museum They organize Workshops to do with family and introduce the little ones to the world of art. A walk through Dalt Vila, the old part of Ibiza, is a must if you are visiting the island. To make it much more fun in the town hall they organize theatrical visits Which will make children (and adults) have fun while they learn. Of course, we recommend you go with comfortable footwear and forget about the baby cart, because you will have to climb very steep slopes.
Another good option is to take the walk to the Puig de Massa de Santa Eulalia, Where you will find the Barrau Museum, but above all, impressive views. Also of great cultural interest is the Roman Punic site of Ses Païses.
During the winter almost all Public libraries of the island organize regular sessions of storyteller (Almost always on Friday afternoons or Saturday mornings) and other activities such as workshops, etc. In addition, they always have an area with children's books, which makes them a good option to spend any winter afternoon entertained.
From party to party
Ibiza is a perennial party. No, we do not refer to the world of discotheques, which also, but to the island's Patron saint celebrations of each town are happening without almost interruption throughout the year. In addition to the specific activities that are organized in each occasion and you can consult in our Agenda, those fairgrounds with attractions For which children will lose their heads.
But in addition to the specific fairs of each town, in places like Es Canar or San Antonio Attractions are open during all year, And on the outskirts of Ibiza city in Christmas a great fair is set up that lasts more than a month. Also at Christmas you can not miss the Diverespai In the Exhibition Center, with lots of attractions and activities, you will not want to leave there!
Other Fun Activities
There are many other fun activities that can be done in the family, such as enjoying the biggest kids on the Karts circuits in Go Karts Santa Eulalia; play the mini golf (There are a lot of restaurants in Portinatx, Santa Eulalia, Puerto de San Miguel, San Antonio ...), visit the Astronomical observatory of Puig des Molins and discover the secrets of the universe, or approach any of the Stables That is all over the island to enjoy a nice horse ride in family. There are a lot in all Ibiza, we especially recommend Can Escandell, in Santa Gertrudis, which is also right next to the Santa Gertrudis Farm, where you can take a walk through the forest and see the cows and other animals.
If you have somewhat older children, they may want to show their skating skills in one of the skate tracks Of the island, there are several very cool ones: Can Coix, On the outskirts of San Antonio, in the Parking of GESA, On the outskirts of Ibiza, in Figueretas...
For younger children it can be a lot of fun to hold the mini train, Which offers you several tourist tours through the north of the island. Form Comfortable and pleasant To know some picturesque corners of Ibiza. However, Do not hurry...
Eat with children
In addition to the restaurants with swimming pool mentioned above, on the island there are many “Kids Friendly” restaurants where they have thought specific activities for them, or have adapted menus and games or inflatables for fun.
There are so many that it is difficult to choose just a few, but we want to highlight Nassau Tanit Beach Ibiza, in Playa d'en Bossa, a pleasant family restaurant on the beach with healthy and delicious culinary options that has a Kid's Club with monitors that will keep you entertained; the Atzaró Beach in Cala Nova, also by the sea, with activities and games for them and a menu with excellent fish and rice dishes; Es Jardins de Fruitera, In Santa Gertrudis, a beautiful, comfortable and very spacious place that besides a great gastronomic offer has a great park to play; Cas Costas, Aubergine, between Santa Gertrudis and San Miguel, also has large gardens and a small playground.
Special mention deserves the agrotourism Atzaró Ibiza, in San Lorenzo, a paradisiacal place in the interior of the island, which in almost all its events takes into account the little ones and organizes very special activities for them.
On the other hand, multispace Number 74 l'Atelier Ibiza, In Santa Gertrudis, it organizes interesting activities in which learning and fun are more than guaranteed. Embroidery workshops, pressed flowers, textiles, macramé, painting, ceramics ... everything has a place in this beautiful place that inspires both parents and children. Its price is more than reasonable and they provide you with the necessary material to carry them out. Another point in favor is that, while they entertain themselves, you will be able to discover in their restaurant the best recipes of healthy cuisine and an extraordinary fusion between Mediterranean and Oriental gastronomy.
The Sundays all year round it's day of open doors in the Casita Verde, eco-center Where you can spend a wonderful day in the countryside, learning to care for the environment and enjoying music, activities and healthy food.
And if you fancy riding it on your own and having a family picnic on the island, we recommend you to come and spend the day at San Lorenzo picnic, a place where children enjoy in the middle of nature and that it has tables and grills so you can prepare whatever you want and enjoy a great family day outdoors. Of course, the best tables are caught at 8-9 in the morning, so if you want one with a roof, you will have to get up early ...
As you have seen, Ibiza is a perfect destination to enjoy at any age, make the most of the island and enjoy an unforgettable family vacation!