Give a child a pool and you'll generally make them happy for days! But, if they're getting bored, or the weather is iffy, and you need to entertain them then here are a few suggestions that might save the day:
Take a trip on the little tourist train that leaves the bus station in San Antonio most hours on the hour. Walk to just outside the bus station and the stop is on your left. It takes you on a journey through the countryside up and over the hills to the pretty little village of Santa Agnes (see the village section for info). The driver is very humourous and there's much tooting of horns and waving to passers by! The children love it. Actually it's great for adults too!
Just outside of San Antonio is a Go Kart track...you can walk to it from the 'egg' roundabout and it would take about 8/10 minutes. It's a fun way to spend a dull day, especially if you have teenagers in your group.
At the end of the bay to the rear of San Antonio is the Aquarium which is hewn in to the rocks. http://www.aquariumcapblanc.com/en-gb/history.aspx
They've been rescuing injured sealife here for decades and get them back to health before releasing them back in to the sea. The little ones will love it.
You can walk to it around the coast, get the little ferry boat at San Antonio harbour or catch the No 1 bus (to Stella Maris but get off at Hotel Tanit)http://www.ibizabus.com/
n.b. the boats leave from the top end of the harbour near the shop/bar El Sol.
Water parks are always a great suggestion for a day out and there's a couple within easy reach.
The first one ever opened, the Agua Mar, is still going strong and can be found in Playa d'en Bossa at the side of Hi Nighclub. It has the usual slides and pools along with sun loungers a plenty. It's a short taxi ride if you don't have a hire car...unfortunately no bus goes there direct but you could go via Ibiza Town
A new one recently opened is situated on the bay of San Antonio (actually it's the bay of San Jose but no-one ever calls it that!). It is at the Hotel Sirenis Seaview which is near to Port des Torrent beach and you can get the airport bus to Port d'es Torrent and walk across the beach to the water park (about 10 minutes walk). If driving or taxi it's 10 minutes. An all day ticket costs €19 per adult and €14 per child (for a full day, there's a cheaper price of €13 each for afternoon only). It has snack bars, etc. (though you can take your own food too) and changing rooms.
If the weather is good then a boat trip is a nice way to experience the coastline of the island. Boat trips go from San Antonio marina so it's easy enough to get there (bus, car or taxi) and you can choose from Pirate trips, Glass bottomed boats, fishing trips or (our favourite) a trip to Es vedra.
Most sell cold drinks, but if you're heading off on the 'Es Vedra' trip it is nice to take along a picnic as it lasts a few hours.
You'll see details on the little booths dotted along the front of San Antonio by the marina...just choose your boat trip and step aboard!
Teenagers, and not too young children, might enjoy a good old run around the tunnels, turrets and bastions of D'alt Vila, the old walled town in Ibiza Town. It's a history lesson in the making! Dotted around the cobbled streets are information boards explaining in 4 languages what's what. There are also plenty of cannons, stunning views and fun reconstructions of scenes of battle. At the top is a beautiful church and a stunning view. It's easy enough to reach, just walk over the drawer bridge, but it can be quite steep too climb in places. If Grandparents want to join in, but can't manage the climb up, then you can drive right to the top and they can do the walk down. Alternatively a little bus leaves regularly from the Vara del Ray (the main square) to D'alt Vila.
For the little ones there are quite a few children's play areas dotted about. There's a small one in the village just a few minutes walk from the villa. In San Antonio there is a very good one on the front over looking the marina just before the 'dancing fountains' (which are also great for the kids to see!) and one opposite the water park at the Sirenis Hotel (mentioned above) which is good for older children. Finally there's a popular one next to the Windmill on the bay which is next door to the Hotel Hawaii and right on the beach...so good if you wanted both.
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Mini Golf is always popular on a dull day...and you can find a number of them in the resorts. The nearest one is on the bay on the opposite corner to the Hotel Bergantin or the one on the road in to San Antonio which conveniently has a bus stop opposite it (going there) and next to it (coming back).
Finally if it's absolutely torrential rain (I really really hope not!) then the bowling alley might be a good alternative to the TV. It's on the bay and again you can get the airport bus there (and back) if you're not driving.
We like to think you've found one of the best child friendly ibiza villas but if you've any tips for us to improve we'd love to know.
p.s. Also take a look at our beach guide to give you tips on the ones that are great for families.