Ibiza, not as you know it

Not the place for a family holiday? Think again!… and so easy to reach direct from Birmingham Airport

You’ll know the status of Ibiza: the best party island in Europe. Anyone with hazy memories of a disorderly trip to the island, going to a few clubs and a lot of daytime recovery in the sun on a pool inflatable, might not think of it as an appropriate place for a family holiday. But it’s time to think again…


The clubbing scene is still booming in San Antonio and Ibiza Town but further north, on the east of the Island, an area called Santa Eularia des Riu – better known as Santa Eulalia – is attracting families who want the impressive beaches, pleasant food and the easy-going vibe of Ibiza combined with a warm welcome that has absolutely nothing to do with boat parties or dance music.

Just over 20km from the airport, Santa Eularia is home to stretches of beautiful sand. The main beach of Santa Eulalia is entirely smoke-free to keep it pristine for all who visit. The waters are shallow, safe for children and less confident swimmers.

At the southern end of Santa Eulalia, you’ll find Mariner’s Beach – a beach with fine sand at the mouth of the only river in Ibiza. At the river there is a charming harbour, a meeting point for canoeists and sailors. Follow the lovely path that leads along the riverbank to a delightful bridge, and then to the small neighbouring resort of Siesta.


Although small, Es Cana has a 300-metre stretch of golden sand, with a healthy mix of outdoor activities, eateries and chilled spots. Ibiza is well known for its quirky markets and the Punta Arabi Hippy Market in Es Cana is the most famous of them all. As you’d expect, there’s a focus on hand-made jewellery, colourful bags and souvenirs. So, whether you’re looking for a bargain or just want to soak up the atmosphere, it’s worth a visit. Open on a Wednesday, it is a magnet for visitors from all over the island, so plan your itinerary accordingly.


Ibiza’s most northern point, Portinatx couldn’t be further from the all-nighters and foam parties that this Balearic Island is famous for. It’s the sort of place you go to get away from it all – a laid-back little resort which deals in pine-forested countryside, sea-view restaurants and cosy bars.

If the countryside is what you’re after, this is your place. There are lovely, leisurely coastal trails to tackle or if you’re up for a challenge, pull on your hiking boots and take on the 10-kilometre cliff walk from Portinatx to Punta de Xarraca. It’s one of the hardest on the island but worth it for the views.

Although Portinatx isn’t a ‘stay-up-all-night’ kind of place, it has plenty of bars and restaurants. The resort has a family-friendly vibe, so kids will be welcome anywhere you go.

GETTING THERE: Fly to Ibiza direct from Birmingham Airport with Jet2.com, Ryanair, Thomas Cook and TUI.