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6 of the best beaches for families on Ibiza

A lowdown on the best beaches for families on Ibiza, where sun and sand means fun and relaxation.

The pretty beach of Cala Vadella.

Contrary to popular belief, Ibiza isn't just a party island. During the high season thousands of families descend upon our beautiful White Isle in search of some summer sun.

We have hundreds of beaches to choose from ranging from wild and rugged to safe and shallow, so there is something to keep everyone happy. There are a number of resorts like Es Caná and Portinatx that are designed purely with families in mind.

In our new series, we would like to give you the lowdown on the island's best beaches, neatly categorised by what they are most well-known and suitable for.

This week we look at the best beaches for families and kids. Vamos a la playa!

Cala Bassa

Cala Bassa is situated just south of San Antonio, a mere 15-minute drive away. The reason the kids love it is due to its shallow sweeping cove with plenty of rock pools for snorkelling, clambering and exploring.

On the beach itself you'll find pedalos, banana inflatables and an all important life guard.

Top Tip

Whilst the kids enjoy the sea and sand, Cala Bassa Beach Club will deliver delicious food and an ice cold beer from one of their five restaurants directly to mummy or daddy's sunbed.

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Talamanca beach

Talamanca beach is a glorious white stretch of sand in a beautiful bay, right next to Ibiza Town - it's a mere 30-minute walk away. The wide, bar-and-restaurant-clad crescent bay is just great for families.

With a lifeguard on duty and shallow shores, you don't have far to go to grab lunch or refreshments during your beach day out. Talamanca Beach Club is a family favourite, serving up hearty pastas and wood-fired pizzas which you can eat with your feet in the sand.

Top Tip

If you don't fancy walking with the kids in the sun, then there is the €3 waterbus that goes regularly between Ibiza Town port and Marina Botafoch, which is a five-minute stroll to the beach.

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Es Caná

The family-friendly beach of Es Canà can be found just north of Santa Eulalia on the east coast of the island. A compact resort, there are three main restaurants and one bar lining the sand, mostly geared up to entertain the whole family.

On the beach itself, there are the usual array of pedalos and water activities to keep all ages amused. The long beach has plenty of space for you to grab a sun bed whilst keeping an eye on your children in the shallow and calm sea. Somehow it never feels overcrowded!

Top Tip

For those wanting a little bit more action just a stone's throw from the beach, the Punta Arabi hippy market is walking distance away. PJ's Arty Party in the resort is a fun place to relax and enjoy painting blank ceramics to create unique souvenirs from your holiday, suitable for kids too!

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Cala Vadella

The petite resort of Cala Vadella is a 15-minute drive from San José through pine forests on a mountainous road. As you break through the trees, you are welcomed by a pretty little cove with shallow waters and rocky outcrops to each side - great for exploring, snorkelling and adventuring. There's also a dive school here.

Top Tip

The Vadella Beach Bar has a wide option of food, right on the sand and is inexpensive. A great spot for watching the yachts anchor up in time for the spectacular sunset.

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Portinatx beaches

In the most northern tip of the island are the beaches of Portinatx, a resort which boasts its own little micro-community centred around families. With a total of three glorious beaches, each complete with its own lifeguard, there's plenty of choice for sunbathing, water sports, swimming and snorkelling, all within this compact vicinity.

The local accommodation and resorts are geared towards family fun with plenty of day time activities, sports and entertainment to keep every age engaged.

Top Tip

The El Greco Hotel has its own water park with three big slides and a designated children's area to keep kids busy for hours!

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Cala Tarida

The sheltered bay of Cala Tarida in between San José and San Antonio provides a long beach with one end being calm and shallow, and the other more rocky and rugged.

As well as the favourite pedalos, there is also volleyball and wind and kite surfing. The colour of the sea here is truly breathtaking and the clarity lends itself perfectly to snorkelling and rock pool inspections. A lifeguard is also present daily.

Top Tip

There's a great little supermarket in the Plaza Cala Tarida near the Cala Sol apartments, just in case you need to stock up on inflatables, buckets and spades, or even if you fancy getting all the provisions in for a wonderful picnic on the sand!

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Next up...

See our families pages for more ideas of where to go, what to do and how for your next Ibiza holiday.

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