Ibiza: Santa Eulària des Riu

Another one of the areas which our family enjoys is the bigger town of Santa Eulària des Riu.  Here you can see it’s location on the map.

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We have a few favourite places for drinks like Kallisol, and food like Chicho’s Pizza and shops like Pacha and “Shop Santa Eulària” – aka Del Mar where we got Maebh water shoes last year and they got their fans this year. While the beach is small it has a great marina with tons of bars and cafes, clear water and a lovely promenade to walk both day and night. Here are some photos but now that my phone broke, I will have to update with those photos later, along with photos from Maebh’s camera.

A few streets  over from the shopping streets where you’ll find loads of boutiques, you’ll find a pretty promenade, where there are plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes, plus a sandy beach – but to me it’s not the BEST beach around.   So if you wanted to choose a destination on the island based on the beach, this is NOT where I’d pick.  There are loads of hotels nearby but I’d say most rent apartments here.   There is also an exclusive marina with some nice boats and lovely cafes too!

Our first afternoon here we enjoyed happy hour cocktails …. which did my head in and had three days of migraines immediately after.

There is a kids playground just opposite the marina which the kids like.  There is a  Italian gelato place with wifi so that helps when the kids want to play and you need something to do too.

Or you can opt to do the mini exercise circuit in the path just next to the park.    But you won’t be able to see the kids… or you can opt to visit the brand new playground next door to the Mercadona just up past the large free car pack.  The kids LOVED it there!

Santa Eulalia Ferry provide a regular ferry service to Formentera – which we did from Ibiza city!  If I can find my photos from there, I’ll post them soon. 

Ibiza: Cala Llonga

Ibiza: Cala Llonga

It seems as if all these beaches are our favorite, but Cala Llonga is one of the best for kids.  It is a horseshoe shaped beach with two large resorts in both sides.

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As for location, you can see on the map where it is exactly.

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Several restaurants and pubs in walking distance, plenty of self-catering apartments and the Sirenis Cala Llonga Resort is the all-inclusive hotel  up on the left which has a lot of great family friendly-activities including kids clubs, shows, etc  Like the Iberostar hotels we stayed at in the Dominican Republic only with the space the pool is not the amazing pools you have in the DR.  Anyway, I would LOVE to stay there with the kids.  I think the other on the opposite side is a Palladium and is an adults-only resort – it was at one time.

We probably have a connection here as this was the first location in Ibiza I stayed like 13 years ago!

Ibiza: Cala San Vincent

Today we stopped over at one of our favourite beaches.  Located towards the north of the island, you’ll see it on the map.  For some reason this area attracts a lot of Italian families.

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It was a wind from the North so it was a but chilly but when the sun returned it was better!  Clearly the kids are not bothered wearing just his shirt.   In case you are wondering, it is only May so the warmth you get in the summer is not yet arrived so that is why there are not many people on the beach.  

We had to make a stop in the Dutch bar – Chill Out On the Beach.  One of my other  favorite places.  Of course, full of Dutch but then again, my entire in law family is Dutch so I don’t mind it and helps with mine and the kids’ understanding of the language.  Soren is really trying to speak more Dutch!   Never know, we might end up living there one day.

Oh and there is a really good looking Dutch guy who works there so that is always a plus!

 

 

Ibiza: Cala Llyena Beach Picnic

Today we had a picnic at Cala Llyena after walking around the market (car boot sale). Soren purchased sunglasses fit for a cool dude.  My guess is they will be broken before the end of our trip.  Sounds harsh, but the reality is that our kids and sunglasses don’t last long.  

Nils purchased Maebh a “homemade” hulu hoop for €8. Can you say SUCKA!!   Though she loves it – it won’t come home on the plane and well, nuff said.

 

 

 

 

I bought a turkish beach mat and a pair of earrings – both for €2 each.  (photos to come)

The beach was great, no jellyfish but again, all Dutch and we were with 11 Dutch,  two 1/2 Dutch slash American kids and me, am American. 😉 oefening, oefening, oefening!

 

Great beach with a chiringquito where we the kids enjoyed an ice cream later.

Ibiza: Cala Valdella

Ibiza: Cala Valdella

Today we left the house in San Carlos with the expectation of rain so myself and Soren we’re in jeans. Little did we know we’d end up in a really warm beach in the south called Cala Valdela, where it was full Summer and full of Dutch (and jellyfish)!  There were others there in pants/long tops too, but now we’re going to always bring beach bag in the car while here on vacation.  Plus it’s supposed to warm up next week.

The red dot on the map is where it is located on the island.

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Anyway wearing jeans it was a bit difficult to fully enjoy the beach but after an ice cream, Soren and Maebh found some German friends called Samuel and Ada to play football for a bit.

We visited this beautiful beach last year and if no jellyfish, it’s one to return to again. Plenty of lovely cafes (even one with a bouncy castle), cocktail bars, supermarkets and ice cream stalls around.

Jellyfish galore hence why no one was in the water!

Man selling “genuine fake” goods!

 

We sat in the cafe Bon Sol – which had the BEST Bella pizza! If you click on that link you’ll get the webcam.

 

 

Fast forward to Friday, we returned to take advantage of a bit of sun before the rain.  Sadly, way too many jellyfish to enjoy the water.

Soren then had a good hour and a half playing football with a Dutch boy called Boas and Italian boy named Jean Luca.   They both had some good moves but Soren held his own and scored some goals too!

Then there was the mandatory ‘baseball’ game, paddles and catch.

While there were too many jellyfish to swim this time, this is a part of the Island which we’d love to visit again – even stay.

 

Ibiza Family Holidays

Ibiza Family Holidays

The reason I do not have as single blog post here for the ENTIRE month of July is because we just returned home from a LONG 4 weeks on hot Ibiza, Spain.  The perks of having relatives living on the island during this particular summer!  I have so many photos and videos and so much in my head. Not sure if I’ll ever find the time to update this blog with details on where we went, what we did, but will post some of the photos and videos and go from there.

We spent time there in 2000, 2007 and 2008 but this time with a 7 and 5 year old was great! They are both active in swim lessons, but are not yet officially able to swim, hence the floats on the arms.

I’m trying to get back to updating the million photos I’ve taken during our trip.

D’alt Vila – The Old City!

Cala de San Vincent

Located on the North East part of the Island, Cala de San Vincent is one of my favorite places on the island.  After some very windy roads (insert sad face for our Maebh who gets car sick) you come to a beautiful beach area with some restaurants, a couple resorts & some apartments and shops.  The beach is full of white sand and there are no hidden rocks in the water.  This is ideal for young kids and to play catch or paddle boards without hurting our feet. The resort area is a mix of families and couples and a lot of Italians here.    My main gripe, actual only gripe is that there are no beach chair rentals down by the sea – they are all way back, so you’ll burn your feet running to the water. They do rent umbrellas, but worth purchasing your own for €20 at the start of your vacation vs. renting one each time at €6.  Plus with kids, you might be there all day or for an hour.

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I especially like the Dutch beach cafe called Restaurante & Chill Out – On The Beach Ibiza. The food was great, frozen margaritas and just a good vibe.  If I could have a bar there, it would be like this one even keeping the Dutch food for my family members – though I could pass on them.  The best I think for the entire island – we’d definitely return here on our next trip.

 

During this trip, the kids loved to look for the Pacha logo & store throughout the island and would like to buy all items inside. 🙂   Maebh did buy a sticker for her helmet.

 

Day trip to Formentera

FIFTEEN of us took a day trip to Formentera. We took the boat from the city so we got a great view from the water.

Poor Maebh did get seasick on the way over so we will always bring tablets for her.
When we arrived we picked up our pre-reserved bicycles – with a group this big you had to reserve.  Thankfully, Maebh’s belly was fine so loads of water playing.

Puerto de San Miguel

Nils spent a week in Seville for an event, so the kids and I had some free time.  We went on a glass bottom boat – perfect as I know Nils would have hated it.  It was nice but when the captain aka some local Spanish dude lit up a cigarette while sitting NEXT do a big tin of gasoline I nearly died.  And when we were smoked out of a cave from our boat fumes – other than that we survived. Would I pay to do it again – NO!! Not even sure if I’d go for FREE if it was going to be like this again 🙂

Lots of time spent by our pool

We had many beach days – so many swims in the sea but they also love the pool.


And after so many days in the pool with chlorine, their blonde heads started turning GREEN! Kid you not – read online to put in ketchup to offset it, it helps!!  I looked around at the shops in the tourist areas and at Decathalon for some swimmer shampoo but couldn’t find it.   Ketchup does the trick!

Kids Foam Disco in Es Canar

Another super fun day was the FOAM DISCO PARTY at Popeyes Bar, Es Canar!   Yep, for kids! They loved it!  The area was fairly small so all the parents could sit and have drink ][ideal place for a frozen margarita but nope :(] and the kids could enjoy the foam party.  If they wanted to clean off, a lady had a hose but as you can imagine after hosing off kids for a hour, it was pretty cold water.   This place is Es Canar – probably one of the cheapest, no-frills areas of the island and very British (no offence British friends). It’s not as party-hard San Antontio but it’s not our favorite place on the island. Really the only reason to go to this place is for this party on Thursday afternoons! Otherwise I would just avoid it the whole area as there are far better places to spend your time while on island.

My phone was very hot so I couldn’t take more photos.  If Nils still has photos on his camera, I’ll post them here.

As Port de Sant Miguel was the closest beach and was very easy to park (most of the times – but on Sunday afternoon parking is horrible as the entire island including locals head to the beach).  It is a family friendly and easy going resort area so we ended up going here quite a bit.  And naturally we found a little place called Solicamp which we had drinks and ice cream while the kids played pool, trampoline, table tennis, mini golf, etc.  There were apartments upstairs, which would be a great place to stay and very convenient to the beach. We even saw a birthday party there but the type of place that they kids were never out of sight so easy for kids of all ages.  It is also right next door to the private medical clinic which we had to take Soren to for some high powered meds due to a bad ear infection – poor guy!
Also located at Puero de Sant Miguel is a small but very delicious place called Chiringuito Pascual. This is the place where Soren lost his second baby tooth while having an ice cream.
This place was a favorite of mine as they have yummy tapas, nice pizzas and good salads with giant shrimp, simple toasties for the kids and close to our go-to beach and they also were our toilet facilities. I wished they could make a frozen margarita too – clearly missing something here.
Tutti Frutti Man was conveniently around us every time so we often treated ourselves to a fresh fruit cup and once got the coconut.
and another nap.
One evening we went up to San Antonio to take in the sunset on the “Sunset Strip” but after walking around for a few minutes, we were quick to realize that €6. for a SODA was a bit extreme and it would be well over €50. for us to have a beer, margarita and two kids’ drinks and truthfully the San Antonio scene, no matter what the sunset was like is not us.  No offense to those who prefer this area – it’s just not us – in my opinion it’s  where the young Brits head for a rowdy boozy holiday in the sun. Personally, I find it a bit of a mess and the part of the island that I’d prefer not to stay with our kids and you don’t have to  – as there are other places much better.

Cala Salada

So we went up to Cala Salada and took int he sunset there.  The beach itself is way down a hole lot of stairs, but if you couldn’t make the steps, I assume one could drive down and pick you up.

I thought the kids might want to enjoy a sunset boat ride from Port de Sant Miguel – but after Maebh was sick on the boat already this trip, best to skip it.

I’ve read about a place called Hidden Bar in Cala San Vincent which was seemed like a cool place.  It was in fact cool, but there was so many tiny ants all over the tables, it sort of grossed me out.  Thankfully the second time we returned they were not there so it was just a once off dirty table probably.  The food was good – we had some appetizers and yummy drinks.  The kids area had trains, colouring stuff and mini golf – which was a tad bit pricey at 6.00 a go.  I’d suggest that be free to guests to entice them to stay while their kids have something to do.  All in all, it has so much potential…but between this place and it’s neighbor – Chill Out On The Beach would be my preference. Anyway, the British couple who ran the place have since moved on to Croatia and now a Dutch girl took over.  We’ll be back!
Another drinkie – this time in Santa Eualia.

 

Cala Llonga

My favorite beach on the island because the beach is very shallow so you have to walk out a good distance to be in deeper water so it is very easy to allow kids to throw a ball or play paddle ball up to their waists without fear of a drop off.  Tons of chairs very close to the beach, not too bad to find parking, endless dining options with bars, restaurants of all types and grocery stores so you can pack your own coolers.  Plus, we have good memories here as this is the beach resort which we first came to in 2006 – the same beach which we drank bloody marys all day (which I purchased tomato juice from the local shop) and hitchhiked up the hill in a Peugeot driven by a French family!  Our villa was just at the top but we were too drunk to walk 🙂

One of my favorite bars in the area is the Jam Shack – takes me straight back to Jamaica.   Next time, I’d like to eat here – as we only had drinks – oh and with daily Happy Hour from 5-8 pm, I can be in trouble! 🙂 If we ever stay on the island not in a house but a hotel or apartment, this is where I’d like to be located.

I’m a huge fan of grilled sardines and salad but clearly, our son is too! 🙂
Of course, if a super tall, hunky Dutch guy sits in front while I as trying to take a photo of Maebh :
Our sweet lady would often take a nap at the beach – so much sun and swimming – really wipes you out.   This is when the chairs and umbrella really come in handy!!

The first few days when the kid saw the pedalo boats, we made plans to go out on it.

Having never been on wasn’t sure what to expect.  I’ll safely say I’d prefer to NOT do that again!

Hippy Market Las Dalias

One evening we went over to Las Dalias – Ibiza’s original hippy market.  It was packed with super-tanned, tourists looking at all the lovely stalls.  The kids attended the kid’s camp – a “supervised” area with crafts, games and toys. They loved it but at 5.00 per half four, per child, they only stayed in one hour.  Afterwards, we had a drink – I had a frozen margarita and the kids smoothies.

The kids loved the beach but also loved the pool – especially taking photos and videos with the underwater camera.

And this was just some of our vacation photos.  But what you see is that the island of Ibiza is a family destination.  It’s not just a place for clubbing and singles.

Ibiza: 2008

In 2000 (before I had a digital camera – (insert chuckle) we had a lovely holiday on Ibiza.
God that was long ago).

Then in 2007, eight years ago , we were very lucky to have holidays on Ibiza.

Nils and I flew from Boston.  At the time I was about 3-4 months pregnant.  Aer Lingus “lost” my bag in Barelona and I was without clothes for a few days.   Fast forward the next summer, 2008, we returned and this time with Soren who was 6 months old.  It was our first time meeting, Mark my brother-in-law.

All my old photos are on my old laptop (I think) but I did have these posted on my facebook page so I was getting a bit of a chuckle with these.  Soren was so cute (well still is, but look at that baby face!!)  Nils and I look a bit younger (or at least I think so) and even a bit thinner ;)!  I’m going to see if  I can dig up any more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took a day trip to Formentera where we rented mopes, ate yummy food and swam in the sea.

 

 

It was a lot of fun then but I’m very excited to return with Soren now that he is 7 and Maebh at 5.   They’re very much looking forward to spending time there and exploring the island.  So many new things to check out (and some old favorites).

I envision we’ll avoid the entire San Antonio area but visit other family friendly (yet still a bit built up) areas like Santa Eularia.   They have a long, tree-lined promenade and some boat charters.  I think the kids would enjoy a glass bottom boat trip out of Es Canar. Yesterday Soren was telling me about a Banana Boat ride – but clearly a bit to young for that now.