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4 things to do with the family on a winter trip to Ibiza

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Autumn half term has come and gone, and by now most families have taken their holiday for the year. If you haven’t had a chance to get away, or even if you fancy one more trip abroad before the next school term begins, why not head to Ibiza for a winter break?

You might not find the searing summer sun, but Ibiza’s winters are mild and much drier than back home. With average temperatures of around 12 degrees Celsius in December and January, you’ll only need a few layers to keep you warm. In the off-season, you’ll also find lots to do, and best of all, you can enjoy everything without the summer crowds. Here are four fantastic activities that the whole family will love:

1. Explore the island
For the outdoorsy family, Ibiza is a superb winter destination. After the summer tourists leave, Ibiza becomes a beautiful adventurer’s paradise, ideal to explore on foot or by bike. Unlike in summer, the beaches will be almost deserted, leaving the coast ripe for discovery. The kids will love climbing on rocky coves and looking for marine life in the rock pools.

Winter is also when Ibiza’s gorgeous almond trees come into bloom. From a distance, they look as white and fluffy as candyfloss. You’ll see almond trees all around the island, but the Valley of Santa Ines is the best place to catch them at their finest.

2. Go to the market
Shopping might not sound like a typical family activity, but at the island’s Christmas markets, there will be stalls to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Trinkets, toys, jewellery, clothing – you never know what you might stumble across. The market is the perfect place to treat yourself or the kids to a treat or two.

There are plenty of small local markets to choose from in Ibiza’s villages and towns. The biggest, best-known is hosted each year by the Las Dalias restaurant in San Carlos, where you’ll find warm drinks, snacks and festive spirit to go alongside your shopping experience.

3. Enjoy festivals and carnivals
The Spanish love fiestas, and Ibiza is no exception to this rule. There are festivals and celebrations throughout the winter, so you definitely won’t miss out when you come to the island. The annual carnivals in Ibiza Town and San Antonio are sure to keep the entire family entertained. With music, dancing, parades through the streets, and other events, the only hard bit will be finding the energy to keep up with all the festivities!

4. Visit the Can Marca Caves
These caves are a fascinating sight, and they are open all year round for visitors. Located in Puerto San Miguel, the caves are hundreds of thousands of years old, and at one point, they were used by smugglers to store forbidden goods.

You can experience this slice of Balearic history as you venture underground and admire the rock formations. Multi-coloured lighting adds to the dramatic stalagmites and stalactites – you’ll want to bring your camera to snap some impressive family photos here.

What are your favourite family holiday activities? Leave your comments below!

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Comments to 4 things to do with the family on a winter trip to Ibiza

  • Oh I think we visited the caves when we went to Ibiza on a family holiday in the 1980s. It’s probably about time I took my own family now.

    Erica Price 29th November 2016 1:25 pm Reply
    • It would be cool to re-create that holiday with your own.

      Nadine Hill 1st December 2016 10:34 am Reply
  • Oh wow, this is the side of Ibiza I would love to see! I wouldn’t mind a bit of winter sun. Looks like there’s loads for the family to do x

    angela hamilton 29th November 2016 7:50 pm Reply
    • Yes, it’s great when there is something to please everyone.

      Nadine Hill 1st December 2016 10:34 am Reply
  • Ohh the caves look good and that pool is very tempting. I just love to explore anywhere new, so we set off on foot and see what happens. Mich x

    Michelle Twin Mum 29th November 2016 10:33 pm Reply
    • That sounds like a great plan! x

      Nadine Hill 1st December 2016 10:33 am Reply
  • Oh this looks lovely. I haven’t been to Ibiza for years and are looking for somewhere to go next year. Might be an option 🙂

    The Breastest News 30th November 2016 10:38 am Reply
    • Glad to have inspired you! I love Ibiza, we have been a few times in recent years!

      Nadine Hill 1st December 2016 10:33 am Reply
  • Oh winter sun sounds perfect to me right now. I really fancy doing something like this over Christmas, but the rest of the family say no and want to stay at home

    Jen Walshaw 30th November 2016 1:11 pm Reply
    • It’s tricky isn’t it? I could always go for some sun but at this time of year the kids enjoy their home comforts too! Thanks for commenting.

      Nadine Hill 1st December 2016 10:32 am Reply
  • I always think of Ibiza as a party island but it looks wonderful to visit with the family

    Kara 1st December 2016 1:56 pm Reply
    • Yes it has got the party element to it with the nightclubs etc but it really is a great family place too.

      Nadine Hill 2nd December 2016 1:18 pm Reply
  • I’ve heard loads of people say Ibiza is great for family holidays – I’d love to go there!

    Kate Williams 5th December 2016 7:08 am Reply
    • It’s a fabulous destination as it is not too long a flight from the UK!

      Nadine Hill 5th December 2016 9:35 am Reply
  • Ibiza looks beautiful. I would love to go and see the non party side of the island.

    Emma 8th December 2016 7:42 am Reply

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