It wouldn’t be a Balearic without a healthy dose of beaches. And Ibiza’s got a pick ‘n’ mix of sandy sweeps, from hidden coves to long, golden swathes. The two-kilometre-long beach in Playa d’en Bossa takes the crown of Ibiza’s longest beach, plus it doesn’t slouch in the facilities department. The must-have family extras are all present and correct – think merry-go-rounds, bouncy castles and trampolines. And there are lifeguards on duty to provide a second pair of eyes. Secluded spots are in good supply, too. Cala Tarida’s main beach is a pretty, horseshoe-shaped bay with paddle-friendly waters. That’s not its only stretch, though. It’s got a collection of secret coves, tucked among the craggy rocks and cliffs. A little further north and 10 minutes’ drive from San Antonio, Cala Salada is arguably one of Ibiza’s best-looking bays. The waters here are so blue and calm that it almost resembles a saltwater swimming pool. There’s not much in the way of bars and restaurants, so just remember to pack a picnic.
Away from its big, family-friendly beach, Playa d’en Bossa still has kids covered. There’s a bowling centre, which ticks off minigolf and a rodeo. And tucked behind Space nightclub is Aguamar Waterpark. It’s got the full range of slides for water babies of all ages. These kinds of activities are pretty commonplace on the island. In the north, Portinatx adds a minigolf course, bowling alley and a waterpark to its line-up of beaches. And bang in the middle of San Antonio and San Antonio Bay, there’s a huge, 7,000-square-foot floating obstacle course. It’s Ibiza’s answer to Total Wipeout with inflatable climbing walls, slides and trampolines. For something more sedate, you can take the family along to a natural cave aquarium in San Antonio. Once a lobster cave used by fishermen, the Cap Blanc Aquarium now houses fish, octopus and rays, as well as injured sea turtles. You can buy bags of fish food, too.
Ibiza is super small. To give you some idea of its size – you can drive from top to bottom in around 40 minutes. There are still plenty of untouched patches, with woods, nature reserves and walking trails. To the south of San Antonio, you’ve got Ses Salines natural park. UNESCO’s given this place a nod for its wildlife, so you can expect to see the likes of flamingos, lizards and black-winged stilts. It makes a scenic drive, thanks to the sandy coves, snow-white salt flats and dramatic dunes. You can pick up local products along the way, like different-flavoured salt, chips and chocolate. Ibiza’s coastline is worth exploring on foot, too. Portinatx has some great coastal paths – one even ends in a picture-perfect beach. In Puerto San Miguel, the trails lead up to a 3,000-year-old pirate tower. The kids will love hearing about its past, while you can make the most of the views. There are also some ancient drip caves just a few minutes’ stroll from the sand. The Can Marca caves used to be a smuggers’ hideaway. Now, they’re illuminated in red, blue and green shades, and play host to regular music and light shows. Our Love Ibiza tour stops off at the caves, on top of the salt flats and high-end Santa Eulalia. Head inland, meanwhile, for golf, horse riding and cycling. And if you’ve got a teen in tow, there’s stuff like quad bike adventures and go-karts.
Yes, Ibiza does legendary parties to a T. But, it’s also a really spiritual island with a laid-back, hippy vibe. In fact, it was the hippies that first flocked here in the Sixties and Seventies, drawn in by the island’s idyllic beaches and rugged countryside. And they’ve certainly left their mark, with hippy markets popping up all over. The original and biggest is held in Es Cana on Wednesdays. It’s a real treasure trove of trinkets – stalls are piled high with psychedelic clothes, jewellery and artwork. Drummers, mime artists and didgeridoo players will keep the little ones entertained while you do your souvenir shopping. Plus, there’s a kids’ area, where they can make their own t-shirts and get their face painted. If you’re not staying in Es Cana, our Hippy Market Express tour will whisk you there and back in a morning or afternoon. Alternatively, Portinatx puts on its own scaled-down version of Es Cana’s market every Sunday. Things don’t kick off until after 5pm, which means it’s a great place for an evening stroll, when the temperature is cooler.
If you’ve got a day spare, it’s definitely worth visiting Ibiza’s quiet neighbour, Formentera. You can catch a 30-minute ferry ride over to check out its pristine beaches and wild interior. The island takes secluded to the next level, so you’ll wave goodbye to high-rise hotels when you leave Ibiza’s shores. Plus, it’s even smaller than the White Isle, so you can easily hop from beach to beach. Speaking of beaches, the ones here are Caribbean-like. Cue dove-white, soft sands with rustic-looking beach bars. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy some quiet family time before heading back to reality. But, don’t wait too long to visit, the up-and-coming island’s gradually making a name for itself among the A-list set – read more about it in our guide to discovering Formentera.
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