Despite its reputation as a haven for nightlife, Ibiza has a larger and more impressive that grants itself as an undoubted safe isle for kids. With an uplifting soul, bohemian energy and innovative creativity, the island offers a melting pot of incredible activities for families of all ages to enjoy. Despite a plethora of beaches or perhaps access to a pool guaranteed to entertain kids for a hot minute, we appreciate the importance of having other options on standby, especially when you’re settling into your new life in Ibiza. Here to make every aspect of your move easier, including the little ones, enjoy Next Stop Ibiza's expert guide of things to do so you're down with the kids.
Embrace the eco warrior at Casita Verde
With today’s younger generation increasingly conscious about the planet, a visit to Casita Verde is perfect for any mini eco warrior to not only entertain them for hours but also ensure a dose of education, too. With a purpose to inform on how to live sustainably and the use of alternative energy in Ibiza, visitors can first-hand experience innovative inventions including eco-friendly water systems, solar energy installations and more.
A firm favourite is without doubt the bottle house (made from reclaimed bottles) and the on-site eco wagon, transformed from an old traveller’s caravan. Set on a converted Ibizan farm, visitors can embark on guided tours of the gardens. A great means to introduce kids to Ibiza’s unique flora and fauna are the stunning gardens, which can be equally enjoyed by adults. With a dedicated play area for kids to let off steam, families can end the day with lunch at the restaurant serving a delicious and healthy vegetarian menu.
Casita Verde, Cami des Formas, Sant Josep de sa Talaia, 07817 Ibiza
Get active in the great outdoors
A multi-faceted island like no other, Ibiza’s rocky outcrops and brilliant crystal clear waters offers endless options for any active family. To start, snorkelling is a wonderful way for kids to experience the diverse marine flora and fauna in Ibiza’s Mediterranean waters. The colours and life forms are truly spectacular to guarantee a wow-factor far better than what they’ll see on screen.
In particular, The Posidona is an aquatic plant unique to the Mediterranean that grows in expansive meadows and is home to over 400 sea plant species and 1,000 sea animals including urchins, crabs, sting rays, lobster, jellyfish, octopus, turtles and starfish. With numerous bays and inlets, snorkelling in Ibiza is safe and an excellent spot for young swimmers. Some of our favourite snorkelling spots include Sa Caleta, Cala Xarraca and Cala Olivera. Likewise, paddle boarding is hugely popular in Ibiza too and is a great way to further explore the coastline.
Once you’ve dried off and exhausted your sea legs, pop on your walking boots and embark on a hike. From inland trails to spectacular coastal routes between beach towns, walking in Ibiza is one of our favourite activities to truly get into nature. One of our favourites is the route by Sa Capelleta dén Serra at the top of KM4. Miles away from anywhere, it’s truly magical and a great place to hike to enjoy some incredible views along the way. Or more towards the coast, a route which winds down to Sa Caleta where you can wash the day down with a ice-cold drink and lunch. Head out either in the morning so you can conclude proceedings by lunch at a restaurant or beach club or in the late afternoon when the sun isn’t at its peak with the chance to witness the coastline at sunset (which can also initiate an early slumber for the kids once back home!)
Cyclists won’t be disappointed in Ibiza either with a range of tracks for beginners or steep-inclined routes for the more experienced.
Hit the beach
With some of the Mediterranean’s finest beaches and bays to be explored, something nothing beats a day at the beach. Away from the beach bars and day clubs, Cala Bassa on the west coast is one of the island’s best for children. Offering shallow waters ideal swimming and rock pools for paddling, it can feel like a large natural swimming pool. With inflatables and pedalos to rent, there’s lots of options to further entertain kids.
Another favourite is Es Canar on the east coast, boasting calm waters, endless restaurants and water activities. And for those wanting to go further afield, Formentera is great for a day excursion with the added bonus of an exciting boat trip.
Hangout at Little Beachouse Ibiza
If you thought Ibiza’s beach clubs were for adults only, prepare to be mistaken. An undisputed must for adults, a handful of clubs now offer hangouts for kids too so mum/dad can relax and embrace the chic pastime. Embodying Ibiza’s bohemian spirit, we love Beachhouse Ibiza in Playa d’en Bossa which offers a complimentary Little Beachouse kids’ space. Adventurers of all ages are invited there with island-inspired arts and crafts, kids’ yoga, facepainting and games to ensure the little ones can have just as much fun as adults. They also offer a dedicate menu for young adults serving up nutritious and delicious treats throughout the day.
Little Beachhouse Ibiza, Platja d’en Bossa, 07817 Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Ibiza
Rein the kids in on horseback
Head to the north of the island to see Ibiza in a new light and on horseback. Perfect for teenagers and young adults, Ibiza Horse Valley welcomes riders aged 14 years + and at all levels with the choice of either half-day experiences through Ibiza’s mountains or full-day experiences to the beaches, too. With a guides to navigate and commander the group(six to eight riders), it’s a fantastic way to experience the less-explored part of the island whilst interacting with horses and making new friends along the way, too. For younger children aged five and above, Active Ibiza may be more suitable which also offers packages for kids to take quick lessons in the paddock to cover basics before heading out with an instructor.
biza Horse Valley
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