Fun and Games in Ibiza with the Family
To many people, Ibiza wouldn’t be near the top of a list of family-friendly destinations. Okay, we don’t have a zoo or anything as big as Thorpe Park, but we do have enough alternatives to put a smile on the face of even the most hard-to-please child, and to ensure fun and games in Ibiza with the family are enjoyed by everyone!
Probably the most well-known place to take the kids in Ibiza is Aguamar Water Park in Playa d’en Bossa. It’s the timeless classic combination of sun, water and slides that never goes out of fashion.
The park is open from 10am-6pm, and you can spend the whole day trying out all of the rides and slides for well under 20 per person. There are fast and slow and steep and shallow ones to choose from, so if you’re a bit of a wuss or you have very young children, there will be something suitable!
You can take your own food in and have a picnic by one of the many pools, or you can eat and drink at the bars and restaurants on site.
Make sure you wear plenty of water-resistant sunblock though, as it’s very easy to catch the sun there without realising because you’re being so active.
If water parks are your thing, then a new park close to San Antonio has just opened. Located in Port d’es Torrent, the Sirenis Aquagames is a good alternative for those staying on the west side of the island.
The usual slides and pools are there as you would expect, but they have a selection of different types of ticket to choose from including, for a special family treat, one that entitles you to as much food and drink as you like! They also offer half-day tickets at just 12 for those on a tighter budget.
If you’re not a fan of sunburn and water being forced up your nostrils at great speed, and you’d like to do something a little more relaxing, hands-on and feel-good, then every Saturday and Sunday from 10am, Can Horse in San Lorenzo has an open day. This non-profit organisation cares and campaigns for sick, abandoned, ill-treated and injured horses.
Set in a peaceful and beautiful part of the island, they have horse riding and other activities on offer, in exchange for a donation to help ensure the future is more comfortable and enjoyable for the horses they rescue.
If culture and history is what interests you and your family, and you don’t mind a little physical exertion, then we can highly recommend the family tour of the Dalt Vila in Ibiza town.
Steeped in history dating back to the Phoenician times of the 8th century B.C, during a (hilly!) walk through the cobbled streets of the old town, it’s very easy to be taken back in time by the sights and sounds around you. For a lot of people who live in this part of the town, life hasn’t changed too much in generations, and they still observe many of the old Ibicencan religious and family rituals that have taken place there over hundreds of years.
The tour starts at the Portal de Ses Taules every Saturday evening, and the timing depends upon the sunset times, so it’s best to call to check first. (+34 971 399 232)
And there you have just a few family-friendly ideas. There are many others of course. For example, the Aquarium at Cala Gracio, a fishing trip, the caves at San Miquel, the Ibiza town medieval fair in May…..the list goes on!
So if you’re looking for fun and games in Ibiza with the family, there really isn’t only the beach to go to!