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Ibiza family activities: eight of the best things to do with children


6 June, 2023


26 March, 2024

Ibiza's earned itself a reputation as one of Europe's top party destinations, but this beautiful Balearic island isn't reserved exclusively for clubbers – in fact, it's a real hit with families, too. If you're travelling to Ibiza with kids, you might be wondering what sort of things you can get up to, so we've rounded up this list to give you some inspiration.

Firstly, when's the best time to visit Ibiza as a family?

The shoulder seasons – May or September – are perfect for family holidays in Ibiza. Partygoers flock here in the summer, when the big events occur, so the crowds tend to thin out around these times. Plus, the weather's still gorgeous, and the main attractions are open.

The roads are a little quieter in the shoulder seasons, too, which makes driving around easier. And if you're travelling with little ones in tow, hiring a car is one of the best ways to see the island – it gives you the ultimate freedom and flexibility to go wherever you please.

What part of Ibiza is best for families?

Ask any Ibizan where you should stay with your family, and you'll probably get the same answer – it depends on what you're looking for. Ibiza Town, Santa Eulalia, Cala Tarida, Es Cana and Portinatx all are good choices as they're family-friendly and a little less bustling than some of the island's other resorts. So, with the basics out of the way, let's get into the best things to do in Ibiza with kids…

8 of the best family activities in Ibiza

From discovering the island's finest stretches of sand to fun-filled activities guaranteed to keep the little ones smiling, here are a few of the top favourite child-friendly activities to plan during your Ibiza vacation.

Discover Ibiza's best beaches

When you think of the Balearics, beaches are probably one of the first things that spring to mind, and Ibiza is no different. The island is peppered with stretches of golden sand, each lapped by crystal-clear water.

The water's almost always calm and shallow, making it perfect for younger kids to paddle and splash about in.

Those visiting Ibiza with children should head for one of the island's bigger beaches, where they'll have plenty of room to run around and build sandcastles.

On the east coast, Es Cana is a popular choice for this very reason – plus, there are facilities like restaurants, a bar and a watersports centre lining the sand. Elsewhere, in the west of Ibiza, Cala Bassa beach has plenty of rock pools – ideal if you've got curious children who want to clamber around in search of sea life.

Shop for souvenirs at a hippy market

You'll find hippy markets all over Ibiza, and the most famous of them is the one in Es Cana, which was established in 1973.

Every Wednesday, the scent of sandalwood incense fills the air as hundreds of stalls pop up in the town's Punta Arabi district, selling everything from clothing to handmade trinkets.

If you hope to get some fine souvenirs, this is the place to do it. Stroll down Artisan Street, and you're likely to see some vendors crafting their exclusive wares right before you. If you spot something that takes your fancy, look out for the 'original de Ibiza' logo before parting with your money – it guarantees authentic artisanry.

Entertainers are on hand to delight little ones with live music and dance performances, and living statues further add to the fun. There's a dedicated area for children, too, where they can get crafty, let off some steam in the playground, or have their faces painted. The market is usually bustling in the mornings, so if you're keen to experience it when things are a little calmer, you may want to schedule your visit for later in the day.

Charter a boat for a day

Getting out on the sparkling water is one of the best family activities Ibiza has to offer, and there's no better way to do it than in the comfort of a private boat.

Speak to your dedicated concierge about private charters – you can opt to have a captain with you, or, if you feel confident enough, you can head out independently.

Some boats come with slides, so youngsters can whizz straight into the sea to cool off. Snorkelling gear is often included, too. And with lifejackets provided as standard, you can relax knowing everyone's as safe as can be.

If you're sailing out alone, ask for recommendations on which route to take and the best swimming and snorkelling spots. If you pick a small enough boat, you can anchor up at a beach or two – keep your eyes peeled for secluded, sun-soaked spots. And most of all, enjoy – the feeling of freedom that comes with being out on the open water with your family is truly magical.

Visit Cap Blanc Aquarium

Cap Blanc Aquarium is one of the top things to do in Ibiza for families. It's situated in a natural underground cavern on the outskirts of San Antonio and is full of marine life that'll fascinate children of all ages.

You can see more than 50 species of fish and crustaceans here, including groupers, octopuses and rays.

One of the best things about the aquarium is that it's educational, too. Alongside live creatures, children can also see the likes of shark eggs and sea sponges on display. Plus, the aquarium teaches visitors the importance of looking after the marine environment in Ibiza and beyond.

Ride a tourist train

A few of Ibiza's coastal towns have tourist trains, which are always a hit with little ones. And you'll enjoy travelling on one as an adult – it's a stress-free way to take in the island's stunning scenery. You'll find these open-air road trains in Es Cana in the west of the island and Portinatx and San Miguel in the north.

Whichever one you choose, you can look forward to feeling the gentle breeze caress your face as you trundle through fragrant pine forests and past picturesque beaches.

We'd always recommend checking timetables in advance, but trains tend to depart once or twice a day during high season, and the entire journey takes around three hours. You'll have the chance to stop along the way to buy refreshments and use the toilet, so there's no need to worry about how you'll keep everyone comfortable.

Explore Ibiza on two wheels

If your children are a little older, why not hire bikes and check out some of Ibiza's scenic cycling routes? You'll get to see the beautiful landscape from a new perspective while squeezing in a workout at the same time.

E-bikes are a great option for those who prefer a little boost, and helmets can be hired, too, for peace of mind.

The 12-kilometre-long Port des Torrent has been dubbed one of the best routes for families thanks to its smooth terrain and close proximity to some of the island's main resorts – San Antonio and Cala Bassa. If you decide to navigate your way around the entire loop, you'll pass through scenic pine forests and along wonderful coastal stretches with views of beautiful bays and tiny islets.

Try your hand at some watersports

With calm, azure water as one of its key attractions, Ibiza's the ideal place to perfect your paddleboarding skills. Or, why not give kayaking a go?

Most of the island's beaches host watersports kiosks offering a variety of non-motorised craft, and things like jet skis and banana boat rides will keep adrenaline-seeking teenagers happy, too.

You could hire a pedalo instead if you prefer a more docile water-based activity. Children will love taking turns to pedal, and if you pick one with a built-in slide, they can make a splash when it's time to cool off.

Get among the treetops at Acrobosc Climbing Park

If you're staying near Cala Pada, a visit to Acrobosc Climbing Park deserves a spot on your agenda.

It's one of the top-rated family activities in Ibiza, consisting of three treetop courses tailored to adults and children aged four and above.

Put your agility to the test as you cross rope bridges, navigate wooden stepping stones, and zip line between platforms. The forest setting provides plenty of natural shade, so it's a splendid place to spend a hot afternoon.

Ibiza family holidays with onefinestay

At onefinestay, we're here to help you curate a truly unforgettable family holiday. Now you've heard about all the wonderful things you can get up to with children on the White Island, take a look at our superb private villas in Ibiza. You'll treat your family to a little slice of paradise whichever one you choose. Plus, your dedicated concierge will be on hand to help you book experiences, restaurants and transport, so you can focus on enjoying some well-deserved family time.

Ready for a fun-filled family getaway in Ibiza?