Taking a Family Holiday in Ibiza

ibiza_coast.jpgThe small Island of Ibiza, part of the Balearic Islands off the east coast of Spain, is home to some 84,000 people yet attracts more than 10 times that number of holiday makers annually. Ibiza is most famous for its nightlife and thousands of partygoers are drawn to the island every year by top name DJs playing at some of the worlds biggest and best clubs. However Ibiza offers more to see and do besides drinking and dancing and is perfect for family holidays…

Ibiza is approximately a two and a half hour flight from the UK and flights depart from all the major UK airports throughout the summer.

The high season in Ibiza for the nightclubs is between August 1st and September 15th. If you are embarking on a family holiday in Ibiza at this time you should avoid booking a holiday in Ibiza town, Playa d’en Bossa and the hostels and apartments in San Antonio. These are all popular with clubbers and will get very lively and noisy at night time.

The resorts of Santa Eulalia, Es Cana and Cala Llonga on the east coast, San Antonio Bay and Cala Vadella on the west coast, and Portinatx in the north are all suitable for families throughout the summer. Journey times from the airport are approximately 40 to 50 minutes for the east coast resorts; 30 minutes to the resorts in the west and around an hour to reach Portinatx. The ideal way to get around the island is to arrange holiday car hire; however regular buses and taxis are available from the airport. The normal taxis carry a maximum of four people and will not usually be able to provide safety seats for children so it may be necessary for you to book a private transfer.

With temperatures rising above 30ºC in the height of summer and even water temperatures reaching 25-27 ºC, the beach is the ideal place to be. The waters of Ibiza are amongst the cleanest in the Mediterranean with many of the beaches repeatedly awarded the EEC blue flag denoting cleanliness and safety. The beaches at Cala Tarida near San Antonio Bay and Cala Portinatx both possess this coveted award and are very popular with families, while the very shallow water and lifeguards at Sa Caleta make it ideal for young children, although it can get busy at weekends.

Young children will also enjoy the play parks and play areas in Playa d’en Bossa, San Antonio Bay and Cala Llonga. Here you will find climbing frames, trampolines and plently of enclosed, safe space for children to run around and play. Also look out for the mini trains that make frequent tours of the countryside.

For older children, the Aguamar water park in Playa d’en Bossa is very popular. The park features 7 sets of water flumes and a huge swimming pool. Entrance fees to the park are approximately €18 for adults and children over 12 and €10 for younger children. For more aquatic fun you can enjoy a variety of water sports in Ibiza including windsurfing, sailing, pedaloes, banana boats and parasailing. Also worth a visit is the medieval Eivissa castle at D’alt Villa which overlooks Ibiza town.

Other attractions in Ibiza include glass bottomed boat trips for a unique view of the marine life, a round of golf at the Ibiza golf course in Roca Llisa (beware the rather steep green fees), shopping in Ibiza town or simply driving around the island to admire the beautiful countryside.

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