A Guide to Summer Activities in Ibiza
Most visitors choose summer to explore Ibiza, the time of year when it's most alive. There are endless possibilities on the island when the sun is shining for every age, ability and interests.
Discover some of the beautiful underwater wildlife in the aquarium. Visiting an Aquarium is sure to be a fun day out for everyone where you get to see some of the wildlife hidden by the deep blue.
With basketball being a popular sport amongst the Spanish, you will come across several outdoor courts within close proximity to wherever you are staying on the island. You will notice there are quite a few places you can just turn up to without booking.
From jetskiing and flyboarding to pedalo boats, banana boats and doughnuts, there are more than enough watersports to keep you and the family entertained in the summer months (April-October). You will also find volleyball nets on some of the larger beaches on the island, which are available for the general public to use. This is a great spontaneous activity for families looking to stretch their legs whilst taking a break from the sun loungers. The many tourist and seaside shops also sell plenty of inflatables, bat & ball sets, frisbees and the usual bucket and spade.
Also see: Beaches in Ibiza
There’s no better way to explore Ibiza’s captivating coastline than by boat. With numerous scheduled boat trips of varying lengths of time and at reasonable prices, taking a trip to the sea is highly recommended. Many of these trips include stops for swimming and snorkelling in the famous crystalline Mediterranean waters. Ibiza Town's harbour and Sant Antoni are some of the marinas from which boat trips are frequently available. Whether you want to visit a different beach for the day or explore the coves and do some snorkelling, there is sure to be a boat trip to suit.
There are ‘Ten Pin Bowling’ alleys in Ibiza to keep you and the family entertained. They are often located in family entertainment centres with arcades and restaurant facilities. This the perfect activity for when the rare bad weather strikes, or if you just fancy a break from the sunshine. Ibiza’s main bowling alleys are located in and around Ibiza Town (Vilaparc Bowling is the most noteworthy) but you will find some smaller ones in the more commercial beach resorts too.
Canoeing / Kayaking
Ibiza’s tranquil water and 300 days of sunshine make it the perfect destination for a spot of kayaking or canoeing. From complete beginners to experts, these are fun watersports that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Many beaches offer hourly rentals or, for those who want to get serious about it, there are a number of places on the island that offer courses and trips with certified guides. This is a great way to explore the Mediterranean's turquoise waters, breathtaking cliffs, hidden caves, nooks and crannies. You might even get close and personal with some fish along the way too!
You can catch the latest films and releases in Ibiza on your holiday. Look out for VOS (Versión Original Subtitulada) or VOSE (Versión Original Subtitulada en Español) for the English speaking films.
Road cycling is fast becoming a popular pastime in Ibiza, although not quite to level that it has risen in the neighbouring island of Mallorca. It is best to stick to the roads in the south and on the west coast which tend to be quieter and offer a more challenging and enjoyable ride.
What better way to explore Ibiza than on a bike to enjoy the beautiful scenery? Have a look at our cycling guide for more information and explore the cycling routes in the area. If you are in Ibiza without your biking gear, there are a number of cycle hire shops which rent and sell bikes, gear and more.
Also see: Cycling in Ibiza
Diving & Snorkelling
Dive into the beautiful waters around Ibiza and discover the world below. Anyone can go snorkelling and it is a great way to begin your underwater adventures without travelling too far away from the comfort of the waters’ surface. Many of the tourist shops in resort sell snorkelling gear.
Scuba diving is a fantastic way to explore what lies below. If you are new to scuba diving, the diving schools around the island are more than equipped to show you the ropes and get you started. For those more experienced, there are endless excursions in Ibiza where you can dive into the beautiful blue waters and explore the depths below.
Flyboarding (jetpack or hoverboard) has become a 21st-century international sensation in the watersports world. Imagine oversized boots affixed to your feet which allow you to be propelled into the sky above the water. Whilst not all watersports companies have this impressive piece of equipment, you will find more and more companies are investing on it because this surreal experience is becoming beyond popular.
There are indoor and outdoor football pitches in many of the sports centres around Ibiza, so get in touch with your local sports centre to rent a pitch and organise a friendly match. Remember that in Spain there are both natural and artificial turf pitches if this is important to you then make sure you do your research before you book.
There are over 2.5 million people doing geocaching around the world and some of them (perhaps surprisingly) are right here in Ibiza! It’s a relatively new craze that started taking the world by storm in May 2000 after a computer geek decided that GPS could be “really exciting”. He hid some treasure at his home in Portland, America, for people to find, broadcast the GPS coordinates and said, “Come and get it”. His only rule: “Take some stuff, leave some stuff”. And that’s exactly what Geocaching is…you go in search of treasure by using the GPS system on your mobile device – once you’ve found it, you write your name in a logbook and replace the treasure you decide to take. It’s pretty simple really and means, as a family, you can be adventurers together. You won’t usually find anything quite as precious as gold, silver and diamonds but nevertheless it’s quite exciting!
Ibiza has one golf course where you can practice your swing, located half way between Jesus and Santa Eularia. If 18 holes are too much for you or the younger ones, they also have a pitch and put course (9 holes).What better way to spend you summer morning than taking in a round of golf on the majestic White Isle.
Gym / Fitness centres
Sports centres in Ibiza usually feature fully equipped gyms with cardio equipment, resistance weight machines, free weights and fitness classes. Many also offer day passes.
Treat yourself to a helicopter tour of the island with one of the tour operators. This is an exclusive experience which enables you to see aerial views of Ibiza’s celebrated mountains and seas.
Horse riding and lessons are available in Ibiza, so you can discover the island's beauty on horseback. There are several types of excursions you can take, from mountain tops and lush forest to the sandy beaches and turquoise waters. You don't need to be an experienced rider, beginners are welcome!
Take to the skies by hot air balloon in Ibiza to experience floating over the island’s spectacular views and scenery like never before. You may see wildlife and animals you can’t see from the ground. The pilot controls the height but the wind determines which direction you take, so the flight can take anything from one to two hours, depending on when a suitable landing site comes into view.
There is a small indoor climbing centre in the outskirts of Sant Josep, at the Ibiza Vertical Centre. They offer climbing lessons or you can just pay for access.
Jet ski rental can be found at some watersport centres in Ibiza, however, do check to see whether you need a license to ride alone as each jet ski centre has different rules, although quite often you don't need you can go out with a licensed guide. Jet skiing is available in places like San Antonio and Santa Eulalia.
Remember that you have to stay 250m away from beaches and 50m from cliffs, 100m from other jet skis and 50m from diving buoys. It is also a legal requirement to wear a life-jacket.
Karting is a popular activity for people of all ages. There are outdoor tracks of various sizes in Santa Eularia and Sant Antoni. With the most modern facilities available, Ibiza promises to give even the most seasoned karters a thrill. Feel the adrenaline rush and race to beat the rest of the family!
There are traditional markets aplenty on the island, so you'are sure to stumble across some in all the villages dotted around the island. They are perfect for a spot of souvenir shopping or just to blend in with the locals. There are also fantastic summer night markets isn some of the beach resorts along the coastline, such as Cala Llonga or Santa Eularia.
However, Ibiza is, of course, famous for its hippy markets. The main ones are Las Dalias and Punta Arabi... you can easily get lost in either of them for an entire day! For some second-hand nick nacks, don't miss the Sant Jordi Fleamarket.
Also see: Markets in Ibiza
There are a number of adventure companies offering mountain biking excursions in Ibiza, so you are guaranteed to find some terrain to suit your individual skills. Mountain biking is a challenging and fun activity, but if you are new to the sport then do let a guide take you out for the day and show you the ropes. There are also numerous cycle hire shops offering everything you could possibly need.
Also see: Mountain Biking in Ibiza
Museums & Galleries
Ibiza is full of rich heritage and this is very much reflected in the number of museums and galleries on offer around the island. If you're keen to learn about this beautiful island's history and find out more about its culture you'll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to places to visit. Ibiza Town is where most of these collections concentrate, here you'll be able to explore everything from archaeological sites to contemporary art.
Nature Reserves & Parks
Immerse yourself in Ibiza’s natural beauty by heading to a nature reserve where you can soak up the scenery whilst learning about the different wildlife the island offers. There are two main wonderful nature reserves that you can visit that have visitor centres and educational walking trails.
Ses Salines is a maritime eco-system with long strands of sand and salt flats, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, while Es Vedra is a collection of islets famous for its stunning beauty. Just bear in mind that they are both heavily protected, so do not venture away from the marked pathways and do not grab anything to take back home as a souvenir!
Also see: Nature Parks in Ibiza
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a popular global sport these days, often described as a cross between surfing and kayaking. It's also a fun way to explore the immediate coastline. Whether going solo or with the family or friends, you'llll find paddle boards to hire on various beaches around the island, usually rented out by the hour. No previous experience is needed, just hop on the board and start paddling.
Challenge your family or friends to a game at one of the few paintballing centres based on the island. A great team building exercise, in most cases you're split into teams and a variety of scenarios and courses are offered at the beginning of all games, with each game lasting approximately 2 hours.
Parasailing is a completely unique and incredible adventure. It’s also one of the top ways to enjoy Ibiza’s exhilarating coastline views. You and the children (over 6 years old) can experience flying 200 feet in the air whilst getting a real birds-eye view of what’s going on below.
Rock climbing is quite a new sport in Ibiza, but it's quickly growing. The island has some amazing limestone faces to climb. Many of the routes are quite shady, perfect for those summer outing. Try the areas around Sant Miquel, Sant Mateu or the southern region of Es Cubells, boasting amazing views of Es Vedra. Ibiza's expert climbing guides will show you the best routes on the island and teach you to climb if you're new to the sport.
There is also the possibility of practising water solo climbing (or psicobloc), an exciting version of cliff climbing that was actually born on the neighbouring island of Mallorca.
Ibiza is the perfect place to pop on those running shoes and head out to explore. With the beautiful scenery and wonderful landscape you can run for miles or simply head out for a short jog. There are a number of trails to follow and even some events that you can participate in.
Sailing & Yachting
There are some sailing schools on the island that will accommodate your family of budding sailors whatever your level. There’s even an opportunity to take things to the next stage by completing your qualified boating or sailing licenses in Ibiza. Ibiza Town, Sant Antoni, Santa Eularia or Playa d'en Bossa have some of the best-known sailing schools on the island.
Whether it’s for you to nip in and out of town for some lunch or to explore Ibiza at your own pace, scooters can be a pretty handy bit of transportation for a family holiday and can be a lot cheaper than hiring a car. Just be careful on the roads and make sure you wear helmets.
Ibiza is a great location to indulge in a spot of shopping, from Ibiza Town’s city centre (with high street labels, designers and boutique shops) to the hippy, second-hand or traditional markets in the rustic towns and villages, the island provides a distinctive shopping experience. You will find little evening markets selling arts and crafts in many of the resorts in the summer months, which are perfect for a stroll before or after dinner.
Also see: Shopping in Ibiza
Being an island, Ibiza isn’t lacking beaches, so there’s the more obvious option of taking a dip in the sea but there are also swimming pools aplenty. If you aren’t staying at a hotel, apartment or a villa that has a pool, you can look for the closest beach club or water park. A few towns and resorts have sports centres with indoor or outdoor heated swimming pools, so you can take a swim all year round.
With its warm climate and mainly dry days, tennis is very popular in Ibiza. Significant investment in the sport means that there many tennis clubs and courts available for the enthusiast or the amateur. The courts are generally clay or hard courts, and you can book courts as a non-member at most of the clubs.
There is a small number of theme parks in Ibiza where you can escape reality for a few hours. Nature lovers can explore the forests near Es Canar at the island's tree top adventure park; with routes for all levels, it's a great family day out. Adrenaline junkies will love being catapulted into the sky in a giant slingshot in Sant Antoni.
Tours & excursions
Discover the best that Ibiza's has to offer with an expert local guide. From learning about the historical city of Ibiza Town, the island's old market towns and legendary hiking trails, to experiencing its traditional food and drink. One could say that there's a lot to see in Ibiza.
Walking & Hiking
The walking paths and hiking trails in Ibiza can generally be split into two categories: coastal and mountain. Coastal routes are all very accessible and mostly very easy (more like strolls than hikes), but still worth doing for the unbeatable views of the coastline and access to fabulous beaches along the way. Countryside trails can be reached by car, bus or train and generally require a little more energy due to steep inclines. They are a great way to explore Ibiza’s terrain and the many traditional villages that are dotted around the countryside.
Also see: Walking Routes in Ibiza
There are three main waterparks in Ibiza. The Aguamar Waterpark in Playa d'en Bossa is a great alternative to a day at the beach with fun waterslides, swimming pools and play areas. On the opposite side of the island, in the bay of San Antonio, you will find Sirenis Aquagames Waterpark inside the Seaview Country Club Aparthotel which has lots of different slides and an area dedicated to small children. Also in San Antonio, Ocean Mania Waterpark offers inflatable fun in the ocean in the form of slides, trampolines, catapults, rope swings and much much more to keep all the family entertained! The inflatable playground is open to all adults and children as long as you can swim. Buoyancy aids are mandatory and will be supplied.
Waterskiing & Wakeboarding
There are water skiing and wakeboarding companies based in Sant Antoni and Santa Eularia. The whole family can try these sports and enjoy the Mediterranean sea from a different perspective.
Ibiza is perfect for watersports with its warm summers, island breezes and interesting coastline. There are plenty of watersports centres where you can learn to sail or enjoy thrilling rides in speedboats, and everything in between. Try the beaches around Santa Eularia, Sant Antoni and Playa d'en Bossa.
Windsurfing & Kiteboarding
For windsurfing, the long stretch from Figueretas to Playa d’en Bossa and the beach of Cala Martina on the north-east coast, where the wind blows directly onshore, are particularly popular. More advanced surfers will enjoy Playa Pinet Beach in San Antonio bay, as it is hit by stronger west wind. There are some windsurfing schools for those new to the sport, while you can also just rent a board and see where the wind takes you. Remember to avoid the ‘swimming’ zones along the beaches during the summer months or you will have the water police after you!
There are also a few places where kite surfers can catch good waves in Ibiza, such as Ses Salines and Playa d'en Bossa. The kite surfing schools provide lessons for people of all levels and have different styles of kites and boards for rent. There’s the opportunity to book courses (which is highly recommended for beginners), or individual 1-hour lessons.
Wine-tasting & vineyard tours
There are several wineries on the island offering tours and tastings and you will notice that much of the landscape in the central and western parts of Ibiza is dominated by vines. They are often found side by side with olive and almond groves.