The Other Side to Ibiza: An Unlikely Destination For a Perfect Family Holiday

The other side to Ibiza: an unlikely destination for a perfect family holiday

The other side to Ibiza: an unlikely destination for a perfect family holiday

When most people think of Ibiza, they probably think of big name DJs, extravagant yacht parties and the world’s most famous nightclubs. But move away from Pacha, Space and Amnesia and you’ll find a very different side to this Balearic paradise.

Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to the hedonistic clubbing capital of the world than all-night parties and laser shows. The sun-soaked island is also a fantastic destination for families, couples and the elderly.

Holiday Gems travel expert Neil Latham on Ibiza's more family-friendly side

Holiday Gems - The other side to Ibiza, a destination for a perfect family holiday

This week, we’ve teamed up with Holiday Gems‘ travel expert, Neil Latham, to find out more about the island’s family-friendly side, including the best resorts and fun things to do during the day.

Where to visit

The family friendly side to Ibiza

Ibiza may not be the most obvious choice for a relaxing break, but don’t let its reputation fool you. Look past the island’s nightlife meccas and you’ll find a number of laid-back resorts. Among these resorts are the picturesque towns of Es Cana, Santa Eulalia and Portinatx, which boast a superb choice of family-friendly apartments, fun activities, amazing restaurants and bars. All three areas are a must-visit for families or anyone looking for a relaxing stay. You can take things at your own pace in these stellar resorts, without being caught up in busy clubbing crowd.

Family friendly restaurants in Ibiza

Things to do

The above resorts still boast their share of bars and low-key nightlife, although the brightest neon lights tend to be from the local funfairs. And while you may be looking to avoid the clubs, you shouldn’t discredit buzzy Ibiza Town (or Eivissa as it’s known locally) and glitzy San Antonio, just yet.

Why Ibiza is the go-to destination for a perfect family holiday

Ibiza’s most populous resorts provide the perfect setting for a fun family day out, with so much to see and do, including exciting water sports, diving, boat tours, inflatable water parks and activity centres. If you like to shop, head to one of the towns for a fabulous selection of trendy boutiques and high street stores, as well as independent traders and markets.

Cultural pursuits

Ibiza’s captivating history and cultural attractions are often overshadowed by its nightlife. Fortunately, many of these landmarks are protected by their UNESCO World Heritage site status, including the aptly named ‘God’s Finger’ rock in Benirras Bay and Phoenician village of Sa Caleta.

The island’s diverse heritage can be traced back to its time as a major Mediterranean port with the Phoenicians, Romans and Greeks all benefiting from the island’s strategic location. You’ll find remnants of Ibiza’s rich history all over the island, from Spanish civil war bomb shelters to beautiful cathedrals and castles.

Family friendly side to Ibiza - cultural pursuits

Getting around

Ibiza’s first-rate public transport system makes travelling around the island very simple. Unlike other holiday destinations, you won’t have to choose between a hire car and expensive taxi fares. Regular buses run to and from Ibiza’s main towns and resorts, including San Antonio and Ibiza Town. If you do find yourself tempted by the nightlife, there’s even an all-night service.

And if you see one thing during your Ibiza holiday…

Make it the world-famous Ibiza Hippy Market, which can be found in various locations around the island, including Es Cana and Santa Eulalia. The market was first founded in 1973 by a group of travellers, artists, musicians and bohemians; it remains one of Ibiza’s most popular attractions more than 50 years later. From fine jewellery to authentic batiks, you’ll find it all here in the Hippy Market. Along with handmade gifts, wooden ornaments, clothes, precious stones, leather goods and much more.

Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break magazine. She studied English Literature at Fairfield University in Connecticut whilst taking evening classes in journalism at MediaBistro in NYC. She then pursued a BA degree in Public Relations at Bournemouth University in the UK. With a background working in the PR industry in Los Angeles, Barcelona and London, Charlotte then moved on to launching Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden and has been running the online magazine for the past 10 years. She is a mother, an avid reader, runner and puts a bit too much effort into perfecting her morning brew.

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