The White Isle is a very convenient destination for families thanks to its compact size. With a maximum of only 40 kilometres in length and 15 kilometres in width, you're never more than a 50-minute drive away from anywhere in Ibiza, and usually within 15 minutes from the nearest beach.
The main draw to Ibiza is probably the sea and sand; thankfully, there are many family-friendly beach resorts to choose from. Staying near the beach gives access to all the watersports on offer, as well as the chance to take boat trips to explore more of the coast than you could on foot with kids. Nonetheless, wherever you stay on the island you'll never be very far from the sea.
Family beach resorts
The area around the bay of San Antonio, the coves on the south-west coast of the island and the town of Santa Eulalia with its nearby beaches are the most popular hot spots for a family holiday on the beach. Here you'll find a good selection of family-friendly hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Santa Eulalia is the ideal spot to base yourself when travelling with kids. This quiet resort on the east coast of Ibiza boasts a more relaxed pace of life than the rest of the island, and it has been named a "Child Friendly City" by UNICEF. The beach at Santa Eulalia is perfect for families thanks to its shallow waters, white sand and good selection of restaurants and cafes just within a few steps. A brief walk north of the town along the coast will bring you to Es Niu Blau beach, a favourite among those who enjoy watersports. Bordered by pine trees this quiet beach is a good spot to bring children if you don't want to spend the whole day in the sun.
There are a couple of small beach resorts to the north of Santa Eulalia which are also convenient when travelling with the whole family due to the large amount of amenities they have on offer. These are Es Canar and Cala Llenya. To the south, Cala Llonga is another firm favourite among families.
San Antonio, located in a bay on the western coast of Ibiza, becomes a party hub during the peak summer months. The town can get pretty busy from June to September due to the clubbers flocking to its nightclubs and party boats, so we recommend you avoid it during this period when travelling with children. Opt instead for one of the good value hotels on the outskirts, or look for accommodation in some of the smaller beach resorts that have sprung up in the beautiful coves near the bay, such as Cala Gracio to the north, or Cala Tarida and Cala Vadella to the south. You will still be close to all the amenities in San Antonio but will benefit from some peace and quiet. These resorts offer plenty of services and activities for the whole family, and their beaches boast calm and shallow waters. The beach in front of the town of San Antonio, although usually crowded during the summer months, has clean and shallow waters and it is a great beach to use if you have family, especially with small children.
No matter what the size of the resort, handily there are usually playgrounds situated close to the beach.
The northern coast of Ibiza has remained relatively untouched by tourism and still retains its wild charm. There are some great natural coves this side of the island with crystal clear waters perfect for snorkelling, although some can be difficult to access. The accommodation on offer is slightly more restricted, but there are some beautiful family villas, as well as a few hotels and fincas here. Most of them concentrate around two main hotspots, Portinatx and Sant Miquel.
Portinatx has plenty on offer for families, from restaurants to watersports and lovely trails along the coast or through its dense forests. The beach here has shallow waters stretching out for some distance, making it ideal for the little ones.
Sant Miquel is a quaint little village with a wonderfully authentic atmosphere. Most of the tourists, however, tend to stay in its harbour town, Port de Sant Miquel. Once a fishing village, it's now a purpose-built resort constructed around one of the most sheltered beaches on the island thanks to the cliffs that surround it, especially popular among British and German families.
Some of the best beaches on the island are located on its southern coast. These long stretches of golden sand offer a whole host of services and facilities, from activities for all ages to restaurants and cafes. This is usually the preferred area for young visitors to stay, attracted by the world-famous beach clubs and nightclubs that line up the coastline between Ibiza Town and the airport, concentrating around Playa d'en Bossa. Therefore, it can be quite busy during the peak season, especially from June to September. Outside this period, the wide range of large package-holidays hotels on offer here make it a great centre of operations when travelling with the family, especially if you want to take advantage of the longest beach on the island or spend a day at the blue-flag beach of Las Salinas from where you can visit Ibiza's salt flats.
Away from coastal the resorts, there are many beautiful villages where the feel is much more authentic. You will find lovely rural hotels to stay in the centre of Ibiza, and a number of restored manor houses and picturesque towns with quaint little boutiques and restaurants serving local cuisine. For a great day out with the kids, visit Sant Carles, Santa Gertrudis, Sant Llorenç or Sant Josep and soak in the authentic rural atmosphere. A car is recommended if you wish to stay in the countryside, and remember that you won't be more than 15 minutes away from the nearest beach.