The best places for families in Ibiza: where to stay
6 June, 2023
14 June, 2023
Ibiza is perhaps best known for its wild parties and superclubs, but dig a little deeper, and you'll soon uncover hundreds of years of history, masses of culture and incredible natural beauty. Pair all that with the White Isle's swathes of laidback restaurants, beach clubs and child-friendly attractions, and it's easy to see why this Balearic gem is popular with families, too. Laidback resorts, pretty old towns and tranquil coves are there to be discovered and enjoyed all over the island – so much so that deciding where to base yourself for a family holiday can be tricky. So, we've pulled together this list of the best places for families in Ibiza to help you narrow it down. But first things first…
When's the best time to visit Ibiza with kids?
Ibiza's great for kids all year round, but many families choose to visit outside of the main summer season, when the island's biggest parties and club events kick off. The May and September shoulder seasons are excellent choices as the crowds die down, the weather's still beautiful, and all the child-friendly spots – like watersports centres and adventure parks – are still open. If you need to visit during the school summer holidays, you can still get the best of both worlds by picking one of the island's quieter spots.
Where are the best family areas in Ibiza?
Laidback Talamanca shows off the White Isle's peaceful side. And as it's just minutes from Ibiza Town, you'll never be far from the action when you stay here. The resort's yacht-packed marina steals a lot of the limelight.
One end's marked by a flurry of waterfront restaurants, while the other side plays host to a palm-studded garden and a string of designer shops and boutiques, including Dior, Gucci and Off White.
Head east from the marina, and you'll soon stumble upon Talamanca's pristine beach. This long sweep of sand ticks all the boxes when it comes to family-friendliness – it features plenty of sunbathing space and shallow water ideal for splashing around in. Plus, you've got all the necessary facilities – think restaurants, bars and toilets.
Cala Llonga is nestled on a quiet patch of Ibiza's east coast. It's just a 15-minute drive from Ibiza Town, but it feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the island's biggest resort. And it's often dubbed one of the best places to go in Ibiza for families, with good reason.
For starters, there's a playground right on the sand, complete with swings, slides, and climbing frames for little ones. The resort's also home to a mini amusement park complete with bumper cars and trampolines, which is bound to put a smile on kids' faces.
The beach itself is wonderful, too. It's set in a large, sandy cove, so there's no shortage of tanning and picnicking space – even in the middle of summer. As for the water, it's clear, calm and shallow, and it sparkles in the sun, making for some lovely family photos.
Opt to stay in the island's capital, and one thing's guaranteed – you won't run out of things to do. Ibiza Town really does have something for everyone, from a culture-soaked old quarter to the longest stretch of sand in Ibiza.
And if you fancy swapping the lively streets for a spot of peace and quiet, you're just a short drive away from some of the island's most secluded beaches.
History-loving little ones and adults alike will be enchanted by the old walled city. Dating all the way back to the 16th century, Ibiza Town has UNESCO's stamp of approval, and a walk through the cobbled streets will have you discovering time-stamped gems around almost every corner. A Gothic cathedral is one of the highlights – not only does it line up dazzling sea views, but it's close to a scattering of small museums, including one dedicated to the city's rich history.
If retail therapy is more up your street, you can shop for clothes and souvenirs in the old quarter instead. There are plenty of places to pick from, and the lanes are sprinkled with family-friendly tapas bars and gelato parlours.
If you're looking for one of the calmer, quiet family areas in Ibiza, then Cala Bassa could be just the ticket. This western corner of the island has a real back-to-nature feel about it. Things centre around the beach – a crescent-shaped sweep of shortbread-coloured sand lapped by glistening azure water.
And while it's a popular spot in the summer, you won't have to walk far to find a slice of seclusion – the beach is backed by acres of lush pine forest laced with walking and cycling routes, many of which are suitable for all ages.
When you fancy upping the pace, you can hire a jet ski from Cala Bassa's beachfront watersports centre – there's nothing like the feeling of the wind in your hair as you bounce across the calm, sapphire sea. The area's also dotted with shady coves, so you'll find plenty of places to stop and dip.
The west-coast village of Cala Tarida might be small, but with one of the island's largest beaches to its name, it's one of the most popular family areas in Ibiza. It's not just the size of the beach that draws in the crowds – the shallow, sparkling sea here is perfect for little ones to paddle in, and the fine sand lends itself well to sandcastle-building.
The beach's northern end is flanked by a craggy headland, which you can climb for stunning views over the bay.
The village is also peppered with eateries, many lining up along the beachfront. So, if al fresco dining with a side of sea views sounds like your cup of tea, you're in luck. And best of all, thanks to the village's position on the island's west coast, you'll have a front-row seat to Ibiza's vibrant sunsets.
Also known as Es Canar, this coastal village is a hit with holidaymakers of all ages, and some go as far as to say that it's the best place for families in Ibiza. You'll find it towards the island's east side, not far from the slightly better-known Santa Eularia.
The beach here is child-friendly, and a watersports centre offers plenty of options for getting out on the inviting blue water. Little ones can pedal around in boats that look like cars, while older family members can show off their kayaking and paddleboarding skills.
If you want to head out a little further, you can sail out to sea on a glass-bottomed boat. The water's crystal-clear around here, so youngsters should be able to spot plenty of colourful marine life. Turn your attention inland, and you'll discover many family-friendly restaurants, from upmarket seafood spots to homely grills. There's also a tourist train that trundles along the coast, serving up widescreen sea views and plenty of family fun.
San Antonio's one of Ibiza's nightlife hubs – home to famous venues like O Beach and Ibiza Rocks, it draws in partygoers worldwide.
However, you'll see a totally different side to this lovely little town outside the summer season. From lazy beach days to games of minigolf, there's plenty that appeals to families.
Western Ibiza's rugged landscape is perfect for off-road driving, so this part of the island's one of the best places to ride on an open-sided buggy. While drivers usually need to be 21 or over, passengers as young as two are allowed to ride so that everyone can join in the fun. Most organised tours will take you to viewpoints like Cala Comte – one of the top spots to take in Ibiza's gorgeous sunsets. Not only will you have the chance to snap fabulous family photos, but you'll end your trip with memories to last a lifetime.
If you'd prefer something a little calmer, why not get out on the water? Chartering a private boat is one of the best family activities in San Antonio – no license is needed, so all you'll have to do is stock up on drinks and snacks and head out searching for the island's mysterious caves.
Family holidays in Ibiza with onefinestay
Family holidays in Ibiza with onefinestay
Now you know the best areas of Ibiza for families, it's time to pick the perfect place to stay. And if you want your next holiday to feel extra special, look to onefinestay's collection of elegant family homes and villas in Ibiza. Situated in some of the most beautiful spots on the island, each one comes with stylish furnishings, plenty of privacy and enough space for all the family. Plus, you'll have a concierge to help you arrange experiences, book transportation, or even organise a private chef to whip up stress-free family dinners.
IF YOU’VE ENJOYED READING THESE ARTICLES...
Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know about the newest travel tips!