Things to do with children in San Antonio Ibiza
This guide is a few examples of things to do with children in San Antonio Ibiza that we have enjoyed doing with our own children over the years.
From free to not so free there is something for all budgets and all ages to entertain and to keep them happy and contented while on holiday in Ibiza.
If you have any additions to this list please let us know below the article.
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There are a huge amount of beaches around the whole of Ibiza but around San Antonio there are five, all have lifeguards / medical post and are great for swimming and sunbathing.
We would advise investing in a mask / snorkel or two so you can all dip your heads beneath the waves to see the amazing underwater world of the Mediterranean.
Our top 3 beach recommendations for those with children are:
1. Cala Gracio
Just to the north west of San Antonio, near the Hotel Tanit, it is a little bit of walk but is a beautiful U shaped beach with a gentle slope into the water and well protected from the wind. A small restaurant is located on the beach serving well priced drinks, snacks and ice creams.
A car park is close by (quite small) and the bus stop is about 800 meters away.
2. Calo des Moro
Located just up from the Sunset Strip this is a tiny beach (arrive early) but is great for a few hours swimming and snorkelling without having to travel too far. There are local shops and bars close by for food and refreshments.
It is also an amazing spot to watch the Ibiza sunset from which is a truly magical sight with every evening being a little different from the last.
3. Playa Es Pouet
With beautiful views of the bay this is located in the Bay of San Antonio and is a short walk from San Antonio itself. A long curving beach with shallow waters it is great for children to play safely in and out of the water. There are snack bars and local shop close by as well as great transport links.
4. Play Areas
There are several good play areas in San Antonio but I wish to highlight the three best.
The first is located jsut back from the main waterfront just down from the fountains and is used by the locals as well as visiting children, early evening and just after sunset when the market stalls are out. It has a good range of play equipment which is clean and well maintained.
Another is located just up from Cafe Mambo behind the sunset strip and as well as children’s play equipment it also features a more adult fitness circuit so a little fun for all even older kids like mum and dad.
Along the promenade just past Ocean Mania is a huge play area suitable for all ages of children and even has a basketball court at the far end, this has recently been refurbished and with Ocean Manias refreshments near by you can easily loose an hour or two here.
5. Sunset Strip
No visit to Ibiza is complete without visiting the world famous Sunset strip with all its bars (Cafe Mambo, Cafe del Mar, Savannah, Mint Lounge) with Dj’s playing to the crowds.
This is one of the few places where children, teens and adults can all mix together enjoying some of the world’s best Dj’s alongside mother natures finest views.
As it is crowded and can be quite expensive for food and drinks we tend to grab a few drinks from the nearby supermarkets and walk a little further round to watch the incredible sunset from the rocks where you get the same great atmosphere and the memories of watching the sun go down without too much of the madness.
A little further around the coast there are a few quieter bars beside Calo des Moro beach (Kanya, Golden Budda, Bamboo Bar) which have equally as spectacular sunset views but not quite as hectic.
6. Aquarium cap Blanc (click for more info)
Located to the north-west of San Antonio the aquarium is a great place to lose an afternoon.
It has a little bar and terrace (where the ferry goes to and from San Antonio waterfront) which is great to relax in, watching the world go by, however, for a few euros you can descend into a natural cave used for various purposes over the centuries and is now an aquarium full of the fish found in the sea around Ibiza and occasionally has turtles present while they receive some tender loving care.
A great tip buy a bag of fish food from the aquarium – you won’t regret it.
7. Mini Fair
Located opposite the main beach beside the waterfront is a fairground with everything from sling shot, dodgems, trampolines perfect for wearing out the smaller ones, to bucking broncos where the adults can make everyone laugh.
8. Ocean Mania (click for more info)
Sitting in the bay of San Antonio and with its bright colours it’s hard not to miss Ocean Mania as the on-the-water inflatable obstacle course. You do need to be able to swim and not be afraid of falling in the water, but it’s great to clamber, slide and swing across and watch everyone making a mess of it and landing with a sudden splash is great fun.
A little more expensive
9. Twister Jet (click for more info)
One of the many water based thrill experiences leaving San Antonio waterfront is Twister Jet capable of breathtaking speeds across the water 360-degree spins and it’s party trick of diving under the water, even if only for a few brief seconds.
Like a roller coaster at sea they also show you some of the hidden treasures along the Ibizian coast.
10. Chilli Pepper Charters (click for more info)
There are many leisurely boat trips you could choose from, however, our favourite with the children or on our own is Chilli Pepper charters who run afternoon and sunset excursions around the coast of Ibiza .
They include all drinks (suitable for all) in the price as well as the use of floats/woggles, snorkelling masks and all the information to see some amazing sights under the waves or to even cliff jump from above.
It is very relaxed and the captain (Vicente) and Crew (Sofi the sailor) are so welcoming and knowledgeable. The sunset from their boat is a magical experience for all and one not to be missed.
11. Sirenis Aquagames Water Park (click for more info)
Located in Port des Torrent as part of the Sirenis Seaview Country Club, the water park is fantastic for children up to 12 – 13 years of age. Its a great place to lose a day with lots of water slides, tubes and watery fun with on site food and refreshments.
Its a great place to lose a day with lots of water slides, tubes and watery fun with on site food and refreshments.
You can take the bus from San Antonio bus station (line 6) to Port des Torrents, the waterpark is the last stop on this route or take the water taxi from San Antonio waterfront followed by a short walk.
There is also a larger water park outside of Ibiza Town in Playa d’en Bossa which is suitable for older children with bigger and more slides, click here for details.
12. San Antonio Express Tourist Train (click for more info)
A 2 hour tour leaving San Antonio bus station and travelling out into the countryside of Ibiza, giving a real glimpse of the true landscape of Ibiza away from the urban jungle.
The tour is fantastic for all, informative for adults and for children its so funny, the guide has spent many hours perfecting the route and commentary with on board props, sound effects and one liners you will all be howling with laughter.
You also get a short stop mid way through to grab a drink (included in the tour price), this is one tour not to miss.