Ibiza has a reputation for being the party island, with a focus on partying, clubbing, and visiting exclusive bars. These are not the images that come to mind when you think about a family getaway, which is more about building sandcastles and getting an early night, than partying.
There is another, quieter side to Ibiza, however, one which is becoming more popular among people who are looking to experience the serenity this place has to offer. The island has a rich history, quaint old towns, quiet beachside villages, and relaxed resorts which cater towards families looking for a laid-back holiday.
Let’s start at the beginning, where is Ibiza?
Ibiza is a beautiful, idyllic spot in Europe with a hot climate; in fact, it boasts an impressive 300 days a year of sun with an average of 10 hours a day. This stunning island has 100 miles of coastline and over 50 beaches to choose from, making it the perfect summer holiday destination. It is probably the most famous of all the Balearic Islands, which are part of Spain, and it is found just south of the mainland in the Mediterranean Sea. Ibiza is known for luxury, exclusivity, and letting loose with parties taking place until the sun rises, and the dawn yoga sessions on the beach begin.
When is the best time to visit Ibiza for families?
The weather is relatively stable all year round, although it does reach single figures in the winter months, so it is best to visit in the summer. The hottest time will be in July and August, but this will also be the busiest, so it might be a lively trip unless you choose your location carefully. June and September are the best months for families to visit Ibiza, where the weather will be warm, but the island will be relaxed. This will give you plenty of opportunities to experience everything this place has to offer.
Where in Ibiza is best for families?
Families tend to look for quieter, more relaxed areas to go on vacation. Santa Eulalia is on the east side of Ibiza and has become a popular resort for families seeking somewhere tranquil to stay. It is one of the biggest resorts on the island, which means everything is at your fingertips from child-friendly restaurants, accessible local shops, and a beautiful white sand beach with areas that are safe to swim in. There are many hotels with excellent facilities for families, like on-site restaurants serving local cuisine and large swimming pools for children. If you are a family who have never been to Ibiza before, and are looking to ease yourself into this lively Spanish island, then Santa Eulalia is for you.
If relaxing on the longest beach in Ibiza is what your family are looking for, then look no further than the resort of Cala Tarida. This family-friendly part of Ibiza has a shallow, sandy beach which is perfect for children, and the sparkling blue ocean will make for some pretty photos. It is conveniently located on the west of the island, just below the big town of Sant Antoni, making traveling here a breeze. There are many hotels, villas, and apartment rentals to suit your accommodation needs, and plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you occupied.
Cala Llonga is another family-orientated resort that can be found on the east of the Island, only a short distance away from the main Ibiza Town. It is an excellent place to rest on beautiful beaches, or to enjoy child-friendly activities like the amusement park, trampolines, and playgrounds. It has a huge variety of accommodation so whether you are looking for a big hotel, small resort, apartment, or a private villa, there will be something for your family here.
There are benefits to venturing further away from the main towns of Sant Antoni and Ibiza Town, where tranquility is around every corner. Portinatx is a resort where you can get close to nature and experience the beauty of Ibiza in a relaxed environment. Families make up the majority of visitors here, which means restaurants are very accommodating towards children, and the beach is incredibly safe. A variety of accommodation is easy to find, and there are many self-catered villas which will give your vacation a very relaxed feel.
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There is a quieter side to Ibiza Town, where families can enjoy a more peaceful vacation in the sun. Cala Talamanca is a resort located just outside of the main Ibiza Town. This gives you the best of both worlds, as you can enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches and family safe swimming water, while also venturing into the historic old town of Ibiza, which is a UNIESCO World Heritage Site. There is also a beautiful, easily accessible promenade where you will find a variety of restaurants. This area of Ibiza will give families a taste of luxury, with more of a family feel.
Families looking for some peace and quiet should avoid the main areas of Ibiza Town and San Antoni, which has a lively, party atmosphere. It will be expensive to stay in these areas, and less catered towards children with expensive restaurants and clubs around every corner. This does not mean that you should avoid these places entirely, and a day visit is highly recommended to experience the luxury lifestyle of Ibiza.The island has a deep connection to the glistening ocean that surrounds it. This means there are plenty of watersports for families to enjoy like kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, and banana boat rides, as well as more technical experiences like scuba diving or snorkeling to see the local aquatic life. There are also beachside activities such as volleyball, amusement parks, and horseback riding to entertain the kids. If you want to experience some culture then a walk around Ibiza Old Town is a must, as well as climbing in the treetops at the Acrobosc adventure park, playing in the Aguamar Water Park, and seeing the Can Marçà Caves.
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