The nine best family beaches in Ibiza
6 June, 2023
19 June, 2023
Families flock to Ibiza year after year for plenty of reasons – the quaint seaside villages, historic old towns, and scenic pine forests are just the start. With some of the best beaches in the Balearics to its name, Ibiza's sandy coves are arguably its biggest draw, with a total of 53 to explore. And with so many beautiful swimming and sunbathing spots, you might wonder which ones to add to your itinerary and which are suitable for younger children.
To help you narrow it down, we've compiled a list of the best family beaches in Ibiza. Based on easy access, beautiful clear water, the softest sand, the best amenities and a range of family-friendly activities, these excellent Ibiza family beaches will ensure your visit to the island is truly memorable.
Just a 15-minute walk from Ibiza Town, Playa de Talamanca is a top choice for those looking for a little piece of paradise without venturing far from the action. Its relaxed vibe and wonderful, calm waters make it one of Ibiza's best beaches for families.
And, as one of the longest beaches on the island, there's plenty of room for children to get busy with buckets and spades – even in the height of summer.
If you're spending the day here, you won't have to head back into town when the little ones get peckish – around half a dozen restaurants are dotted along the beach. Most serve up Mediterranean fare, and if you've got fussy youngsters in tow, you'll be glad to hear that the menus feature plenty of crowd-pleasing family favourites like burgers and pizza. As for other ways to keep everyone entertained, why not hire a boat from the nearby marina and head out into the big blue? There are plenty of options, from sleek yachts to family-sized catamarans.
The caramel-coloured sands of Cala Llonga draw in holidaymakers of all ages – and its facilities make this southeastern spot one of the best family beaches in Ibiza.
While the adults in your group top up their tans, little ones can let loose in the beachfront playground, which features slides, swings, seesaws, and a handful of mini wooden climbing frames to entertain the children.
When it's time to cool off, the gently rolling waves of the Balearic sea are as inviting as ever here. Inflatable boats with built-in slides glide near the shoreline while adrenaline-seekers whizz around on jet skis further out. And if you fancy something in-between, you can hire a catamaran to check out more of the area's natural beauty. You won't have to go far to find it – just around the corner to the north are a pair of remote rocky coves shrouded in the pine-covered hillside.
Es Cana is home to a long, crescent-shaped sweep of latte-coloured sand. It's lapped by water that's as clear as glass, and you can make the most of it by gathering everyone together and hiring a pedal-powered boat.
Some pedalos come with slides, so once you find your favourite spot, you can slip straight into the crystalline sea to cool off.
Back on dry land, Playa Es Cana lines up a string of seafront eateries and bars. And we're not exaggerating when we say there's something for even the fussiest of little eaters here – the selection includes back-to-basics grill places and Spanish spots serving family-sized pans of paella. When you're not eating, drinking and basking in the sun, why not ride the tourist train? It winds along the scenic southeast coast and through fragrant pinewoods, making for a relaxing morning or afternoon activity.
Cala de Sant Vicent
Cala de Sant Vicent
This pocket of sand on Ibiza's east coast is a hidden gem. There are little more than a few hotels and restaurants lining the beach here, and the lack of a town or village behind it means fewer crowds to share the space with.
If you need to grab inflatables and beach toys, you can pop to the handy shop on the promenade, and when hunger calls, you can eat in a gorgeous, family-friendly restaurant with stunning sea views.
As for the beach itself, it shows off vanilla-tinted sand that's as soft as flour and some of the clearest water on the island. You can stroll into the sea for quite a distance before it gets deep, so youngsters can build up their confidence in the water without fuss.
Cala Vadella is a small cove on Ibiza's west coast. It's one of the prettiest on the island – think crystalline water that sparkles in the sunshine paired with warm, golden sand.
Natural beauty aside, the selection of sand-side restaurants is this place's biggest pull – they've all got outdoor seating, so you can sip sangria and soak up the views while the children tuck into delicious pizza.
One of the other main draws to this spot is its watersports offering. You can try paddleboarding or see what sea creatures you can spot on a family snorkelling session. And if colourful fish isn't enough to entice you into the water, there's always the option to set sail on a boat trip in search of dolphins – they're known to leap around in these waters.
Families flock to Cala Tarida for its shallow, baby-blue water and spacious carpet of sand.
One end of the beach is flanked by a craggy headland which hides a couple of small, sandy coves of its own – unless you fancy yourself as a bit of a climber, you'll need to hire a boat to reach them, but if you're up for that, you'll likely have a slice of Ibiza all to yourself.
Back by the main beach, you can pick up buckets and spades, inflatables and snorkelling gear from a supermarket – there's one just a few steps from the sand. Plus, this place is home to one of the best family beach clubs Ibiza offers. It has a dedicated children's area and a kids' club that organises things like face painting, group games and arts and crafts sessions.
Cala Bassa will be just your cup of tea if you like beaches that look like huge natural swimming pools. Really, it's not surprising that this is one of the most popular family beach clubs in Ibiza.
With gently sloping sand and shallow water, it's a lovely, safe spot for little ones to splash around. Another fabulous feature of this beach is its rock pools – the craggy, watery landscape is ideal for snorkelling in, and curious youngsters can clamber about in search of fish and other marine life.
Watersports are a popular pastime in this part of western Ibiza, too. If your family enjoys fast-paced activities, you can be pulled around together on an inflatable banana boat. And if you'd rather keep things calm, there are pedalos and catamarans for hire. If you're looking for a spot that lines up lots of land-based activities, Cala Bassa might not be for you as it's shrouded in a pine forest, but this beach's secluded nature gives it so much appeal.
If you're looking for a beach where you can settle in for a full day of sunbathing, sandcastle-building and swimming, look no further than Santa Elualia's main stretch.
It's edged by a wide, palm-lined promenade teeming with restaurants, bars and gelato parlours, so you'll have countless options for snacks and meals.
As for the beach itself, it's a wide ribbon of honey-hued sand marked in the middle by a narrow, rocky jetty. The water's shallow enough for children to safely swim in, and remember to pick up a crabbing net, as a few rock pools are dotted along the bay's eastern end.
Last but not least, the beach at Es Figueral, on the east coast, provides another option for families looking for a back-to-nature spot. And as far as Ibiza's family beaches go, this one's up there with the best. When you're down on the southern strip of sand, you'll have olive-green trees and shallow cliffs as your backdrop.
And further north, craggy, golden cliffs are on hand to provide a charming background for your family photos.
Despite its stunning natural scenery, this beach scores highly on the facilities front. As well as the handy showers, there are several shops, a few family restaurants, and a small, shaded playground for little ones. You can also hire kayaks and paddleboards or get tots involved with a trip out to sea on a pedalo.
Ibiza family holidays with onefinestay
Ibiza family holidays with onefinestay
Now you've heard about all the splendid beaches that await you in the White Isle, all that's left is to find an equally wonderful place to stay with your family. If it's an elegant, private holiday hideaway you're after, look to onefinestay's collection of premium villas in Ibiza. Each one's as beautiful as the island itself, and you'll get plenty of personal touches – like your very own concierge who can organise everything from car hire to private chef visits.
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