Ibiza is the most famous of the Balearic Islands and has become popular based on its luxury yachts, marathon parties and paradisiacal beaches, but it is also a family destination par excellence and among the best activities to see and do in Ibiza many include the possibility of enjoying them with children.
From visiting an adventure park to touring the old walled city through the family beaches, aquariums, caves and markets, the options for exploring the island if you plan to visit Ibiza with children are varied. Here I tell you which are the best alternatives for you to decide which ones you want to include in your travel plan.
1. Take an adventurous family boat trip in San Antonio
In these excursions focused on children you can live a family experience aboard a boat that travels around the bay of San Antonio, on the west coast of the island, with the assistance of a crew that will teach children about the marine fauna of Ibiza in a guided snorkeling tour.
These excursions usually include lunch and a treasure hunt experience for the kids, plus a snorkeling tour for the adults and one of the best boat rides in Ibiza.
These tours start in the morning at the Port of San Antonio and usually go around Toore d'en Rovira, Punta Galera and Cala Bassa Beach, which is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island with its white sand and crystal clear waters.
These excursions last approximately 4 hours and have reduced rates for children. All tours include the elements of snorkeling for children and adults, the scavenger hunt tour and the demonstration of the use of an underwater drone, in an experience for the whole family.
2. Get to know Cala Llonga Beach
Cala Llonga Beach, in the quiet area of Santa Eulalia del Río, is one of the best kept secrets of Ibizan families. This beach, which stands out for being one of the longest on the island, is ideal to visit with children as it is surrounded by tourist services, restaurants and playgrounds.
Cala Llonga is also located outside the main circuit of the island's festivals, making it a quiet place to enjoy with the family. There you can experience some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Ibiza. You can also stand up paddle surf and practice water sports.
If you plan to stay in the capital of the island you can get to Cala Llonga on the Alsa L10 and Alsa L14 city buses or on the hop on-hop off Ibiza tourist buses as long as they stop in Santa Eulalia del Rio.
3. Visit one of the water parks in Ibiza
If you plan to visit Ibiza with very young children, one of the best plans may be to visit one of the water parks on the island. There the children will be able to get lost among the slides and water attractions, in safe places, and enjoy the water games for a whole morning or afternoon.
There are several water parks available in Ibiza, but one of the most famous in Port de Torrent is Sirenis Aquagames, a site that stands out for its towers with platforms of more than 10 meters, its themed children's areas and the children's pools, which are full of animal figures and Caribbean ornamentation.
You can also visit Aguamar, located in Playa d'en Bossa, which has a pirate theme and is aimed at older children than Sirenis Aquagames, offering snorkeling and treasure hunts.
These parks are ideal if you plan to visit Ibiza in summer as this is when all the attractions are available. They also have reduced rates for children under 13 years old.
4. Tour Dalt Vila, the old historic center of Ibiza
Ibiza has some magical places that kids will love and one of them is Dalt Vila, the old walled city in the island's capital. This walled city is one of the oldest in Spain and is home to some of Ibiza's main landmarks such as the Cathedral, the Castle and the Plaza de Armas.
The old walled city is one of the unmissable visits because it guards the history of Ibiza since its foundation and also because it offers another side of the island, away from the luxury yachts and marathon days of parties. There are many ways to tour Dalt Vila but perhaps one of the most comfortable and effective is with one of the bike tours in Ibiza.
In the areas surrounding Dalt Vila you can also visit the Necropolis, Paseo Vara del Rey, Portal Nou and Parc de la Pau, which is the green lung of the island's capital. You can also visit the Marina, which is the port of Ibiza, the place where some of the most luxurious yachts in Europe are moored and from where you can take a boat trip in Ibiza
5. Get to know the Natural Park of Las Salinas
The Natural Park of the Salinas is one of the most striking in Spain because it not only includes a wide diversity of marine and terrestrial flora and fauna but also extends from the south of Ibiza to the north of Formentera, so that among its domains also includes the marine arm that separates the two islands.
This natural reserve of Mediterranean biodiversity can be visited on guided excursions that will amaze both children and adults, since its areas also include one of the largest salt flats in the country and one of the most varied terrestrial and marine habitats in the world.
The Natural Park of Las Salinas is one of the most interesting natural tours of the Balearic Islands and one of the few ecological activities offered by the island, although you should keep in mind that covering such a large area it can take several days to know it in depth, a fact that you should take into account if you have planned a short stay on the island. If that is your case, here is a list of things to see and do in Ibiza in a 3-day stay.
6. Visit the Cap Blanc Aquarium
The Cap Blanc Aquarium is not only the most famous of the Balearic Islands but also the most striking because it is located inside a natural cave that became the habitat of groupers, julias, octopuses, rays, sea sponges and polymers of all kinds that can be visited in the exhibits of its six fish tanks.
Touring the aquarium is one of the ideal plans if you plan to visit Ibiza with children for its interactive displays and also, because of its location near the port of San Antonio, is a perfect excursion if you plan to do another activity in the area as an excursionto Es Vedra or a diving experience.
During the summer the Cap Blanc Aquarium is open every day between 10.00 and 17.00 hours and has a reduced rate for children. If you plan to visit Ibiza in winter, please note that the opening hours may change.
The complete tour of the aquarium will take you approximately 2 to 3 hours, so it is a compatible excursion if you are planning a short stay in Ibiza.
Details of interest
- Price... Tickets cost approximately 7 euros for adults and 5 euros for children between 5 and 12 years old. Children under 4 years old are free.
- Location... Ctra. de Cala Gració s/n, Ibiza.
- Opening hours... Open every day from 10.00 to 17.00 hours.
7. Live an experience of stand up paddle surfing
Stand up paddle surfing has become a very popular water sport on the beaches of Europe and in the north of Ibiza it is one of the ideal activities for the whole family. In the experiences of paddle surfing in Cala de Sa Ferradura or Cala Codolar it is also possible to complete the sunset from the waters of the coast.
Ibiza is an ideal place to live an experience of stand up paddle surfing because its calm waters facilitate the realization of this water sport popularized by celebrities and can be practiced on all the beaches of the island.
Keep in mind that in order to go on a stand up paddle surfing excursion it is necessary to have good weather, so you should consider it when organizing the itinerary of your trip. If you plan to travel to Ibiza in November or in the winter months, these tours may not be available or may be cancelled due to bad weather.
8. Visit the Acrobosc Adventure Park
Ibiza is an island that offers many interactive excursions and one of them is to visit the Acrobosc Adventure Park in Santa Eulalia del Rio. This tree climbing circuit offers zip line experiences of varying difficulty, Tibetan bridge tours and access to Cala Pada beach , where you can opt for snorkeling experiences, diving or jet ski tours with dolphin watching.
In the Acrobosc Adventure Park access is enabled for children from 4 years old and you can choose between three routes of different complexity. The green circuit is the simplest, the blue circuit is intermediate and the red circuit is the most complex, and in all cases the presence of an adult in the company of the children is required.
Please note that the park is open between the months of April and October and that the entrance fee will depend on the chosen circuit. You can also combine two tours to get a discount on tickets.
Details of interest
- Price... Tickets for the green tour cost approximately 15 euros, for the blue tour 20 euros and for the red tour 25 euros. All costs are estimates and may vary.
- Location... Avinguda de s'Argamassa 77, Ibiza.
- Opening hours... Open from April to October every day from 10.00 to 19.00 hours.
9. Discover the caves of Cala Xuclar
Cala Xuclar is an essential stop on the hiking route of the north coast of Ibiza and is also one of the last unspoiled coves of the island, with large areas for relaxation, rocky areas, pine forests and the caves, which located facing the sea form natural balconies from where it is possible to get some of the best pictures of Ibiza.
Cala Xuclar is also a quiet area ideal for visiting with children, as it is located away from the tourist centers and the most crowded beaches. At the same time it offers a natural environment that attracts both adults and children, making it one of the best activities to do in Ibiza.
Cala Xuclar is located on the northern tip of the island and is a destination suitable to visit all year round, although it is ideal to visit in summer, when the weather improves and this fishermen's anchorage recovers all its splendor.
10. Visit the hippy market in Punta Arabí
The Punta Arabí hippy market began in 1973 as a conglomerate of artisans and since then it has become a commercial and cultural reference of Ibiza. In the area of Es Canar, in Santa Eulalia del Río, this flea market offers stalls of local merchandise, handicrafts, clothing for adults and children and a fun tourist route through the colorful alleys that form its exhibitors.
The market also has a children's area called Hippy Kids where kids can learn to make arts and crafts in workshops conducted by Punta Arabí's artisans and there is also live music and other outdoor street shows that are suitable for the whole family.
The Punta Arabí hippy market is open every Wednesday between the months of May and October from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and currently hosts over 400 stalls each year in a neighborhood surrounded by restaurants, bars, hotels and shopping arcades.
Details of interest
- Price... The tour of the market is free of charge.
- Location... Avenida Punta Arabí s/n, Ibiza.
- Hours... Open every Wednesday from May to October from 10.00 to 18.00 hours.