Ibiza doesn’t really need an introduction. And we all know what comes to mind when we think about Ibiza, but surely we don’t imagine it as being the ideal family destination.
But, oh, are we wrong…
Ibiza has all the party, clubbing, sexy beaches than one can imagine and more, but it also shares its 571 square kilometres with a plethora of relaxing, pristine beaches, scented pine forests, olive and orange groves, sparkling white churches, infinite turquoise sea and plenty of silence.
If your kids are not yet in school and you have flexibility with your dates, the best months to visit are May and June, and end of September and October. Check the Spanish bank and school holidays, as Ibiza is popular with people hoping from the peninsula.
If you have to travel during school holidays, plan flights in advance, or fly via Madrid. Flying via Madrid will cost you less than many of the direct flights from the UK , and will give you better flying times as the flights from Iberia and BA between Madrid are frequent, with up to 10 a day ( duration 1h 15 minutes).
Upon arrival to the Island you will notice the airport of ibiza is small and very busy. If you are renting a car ( don’t plan using public transport, it is atrocious) book a car with any of the companies that are located right at the Airport. Pre book your car seats (these are in short supply) but we recommend you to take a Boostapak with you.Even if you travel with kids, rent a small car as parking is difficult around the island, especially at the beach.
As you exit the airport and start driving you will go towards the busy dual carriageway that takes you towards Ibiza city and Santa Eulalia. Don’t despair, this bit of Ibiza is overdeveloped and not particularly attractive, but the expansion of this fast road has helped ease traffic congestion. As you continue to head north towards San Miguel and San Joan the landscape changes. Take the smaller roads for a taste of the real Ibiza.
Ibiza has a large supply of small, privately owned hotels set in intimate and charming houses, where you can find the traditional Balearic hospitality, sample local produce, relax and enjoy the wonders of the island as a local.
Here is a list of our hotel choices, and the reasons why;
Can Gall, San Lorenzo (www.agrocangall.com)
This hotel is set in a estate of 137.000 square metres of rich red soil and fruit trees , surrounded by mountains. Managed by a couple with two young children, this is the ideal place to come with your little ones. It has a pool, plenty of space, a restaurant only for customers where the owner can cater for all your needs.
Rooms are stylishly decorated, with room for an extra bed and they have have a terrace, so you can enjoy a drink watching the starry sky without the need for whispering.
Can Pujolet, carretera de Santa Ines (www.canpujolet.com)
Can Pujolet is located in the area of es Amunts, remarkable for its unspoiled surroundings, traditional ibicencan finca and spectacular cliffs. The 10 bedroom hotel is intimate, focusing on simplicity, peace and tranquillity. You wont find the place full of kids running around, but your children will be made extremely welcome by Nina, the owner. It has a sea water pool and a bar and restaurant ( early closing when we visited) where you can sample homemade meals , featuring the produce grown in their garden.Great value for money, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Agroturismo Can Talaias, San Carles de Peralta (www.hotelcantalaias.com)
Can Talaias is a small hotel perched over the village of San Carlos, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The best of this hotel is the relaxed atmosphere created by the owners, and their two children. It offers a middle size pool, and great gardens with unexpected little corners full of charm. Breakfast is available, as are snacks throughout the day, and lunch and dinner. Sample the delicious home grown produce perfectly cooked, enjoying a cold beer as you marvel watching the horizon.
Grand Palladium Palace, San Jordi de ses Salines, (www.palladiumhotelgroup.com)
Although this hotel is in Playa d’en bossa, and area we do not particularly prefer of the island, if you are looking for a hotel with great facilities and an even better kids club with fantastic activities all day long, then this should be your choice. The Grand Palladium is a large 411 bedroom hotel, offers a very good quality all inclusive, with four different restaurants and two bars. The bedrooms are tastefully decorated, well maintained and spacious to accommodate a family of four.With three pools, tennis courts and a spa and wellness area, you will have plenty to do while your offspring have the time of their life in the kids club. Or you can choose to do nothing at all. It gets pricy if you book late, snap the best deals by booking direct well in advance.
A very good option is to rent a house or apartment. Choose interior villages like Santa Gertrudis, San Rafael, Santa Ines or San Carlos to ensure you are set in quiet surroundings. Away from the coast, you can find quaint little villas in the middle of the farms, filled with the scents of lavender, rosemary, orange blossom and the mediterranean sea.
Ensure you don’t miss the following beaches:
A very popular beach with families. Great for kids of all ages, it has grainy sand, impossibly clear water and it’s surrounded by thousands of pine trees. The waves are minimum as it is protected by the half moon shape of the bay and it has various options available for food. Arrive either early in the morning as parking is difficult, or later in the afternoon to see one of the most famous sunsets of the island.
Popular with families with young children, but never crowded, offers the local feeling we enjoy. The main beach is sandy, but the base of the sea is stone. Although you can enter the sea barefoot, it is advisable to purchase waterproof rock shoes. This will also allow your children to be able to explore the rocks on the edges of the beach, full of little fish, crabs and sea urchins. The water is green emerald and remains calm, making it the perfect place to snorkel.
Es Cavallet is the main nudist beach of the island, but is also very popular with families. It is a true melting pot of cultures, ages and personalities. The beach itself is a long stretch of white soft sand and deep blue waters. El chiringuito is a great place to eat, where the kids are supervised, get entertained and have a special menu while you enjoy the tasty dishes. It is a favourite hangout for us and the children at “The travelling kids”.
Pou des lleo
Half hidden, off the beaten track beach located in the north east of the island.Pebbles and sand surrounded by red cliffs and beach huts. You will find a bar and a restaurant offering paellas and fresh fish
Located near Portinatx, head here early in the morning, as it is small and well loved by the locals.The kids ( and yourself ) will love the mud baths. A truly relaxing experience.
Enjoy Ibiza with kids !
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