FAM­ILY HOL­I­DAYS

There’s more to the White Isle than par­ty­ing, with plenty on of­fer for younger vis­i­tors too. Aine Fox ex­plores fam­ily-friendly Santa Eu­laria.

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Lis­ten­ing to waves gen­tly lap the shore while birds chirp to­gether in cho­rus, it’s hard to be­lieve I’m on an is­land fa­mous for its all-night dance par­ties and celebrity DJS. Ibiza may be a small is­land, with our base in Santa Eu­laria just a 30-minute drive from buzzing party cen­tre San An­to­nio, but the two ar­eas are worlds apart when it comes to hol­i­day vibes. Santa Eu­laria des Riu on the east­ern coast is a calm par­adise with a quiet, slow pace of life. There are beau­ti­ful beaches - in­clud­ing the first smoke-free one in the Balearic Is­lands, great food and plenty on of­fer for those after a more serene break.

A SEAL OF FAM­ILY AP­PROVAL

The is­land does phe­nom­e­nally well from party tourism, and un­doubt­edly rev­els in at­tract­ing huge names, in­clud­ing DJS David Guetta, Martin Gar­rix and Steve Aoki, but res­i­dents are keen to show off its lesser-seen beauty and fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties. Although the mu­nic­i­pal­ity - sec­ond only to Ibiza Town in terms of pop­u­la­tion - has long catered for fam­i­lies, it is now ac­tively en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal ho­tels and restau­rants to sign up to its Fam­ily Mo­ments ini­tia­tive. The seal is an of­fi­cial marker given to es­tab­lish­ments that meet spe­cific cri­te­ria - such as kids’ clubs, babysit­ting ser­vices and fam­ily pools - mak­ing them ide­ally suited to host chil­dren on a fam­ily hol­i­day.

NAT­U­RAL AT­TRAC­TIONS

Santa Eu­lalia is home to the only river in the Balearic Is­lands, and a walk along the sign­posted 3km river route is a de­light­ful way to while away an af­ter­noon. A start­ing point at the 16th-cen­tury for­ti­fied Puig de Missa church gives spec­tac­u­lar views of the town, and a leisurely down­hill stroll from there brings you to the Can Plan­etes Mill, a cen­tre ex­plain­ing the im­por­tance of the river to lo­cals in by­gone days.

FUN ON THE FARM

Fu­elling up for walk­ing tours can be an ac­tiv­ity in it­self at Maria Colo­mar’s eco farm Can Mu­son. Break­fast here is sure to de­light young chil­dren, es­pe­cially those from towns and cities. As well as walk­ing through the rows of fresh let­tuce and straw­ber­ries grow­ing on the 65,000 square me­tre farm, young vis­i­tors can hand-feed an­i­mals from su­per­hero-themed beach buck­ets filled with an ar­ray of snacks. “They are in con­tact with na­ture and the an­i­mals here. Many of the chil­dren haven’t seen a goat or a pig be­fore,” says Maria. Lo­cal pro­duce is avail­able to buy on site, and the food on of­fer at the small, out­door restau­rant is ei­ther or­ganic or made up of in­gre­di­ents grown on the farm. It’s a far cry from the he­do­nis­tic rep­u­ta­tion Ibiza has en­joyed for so many years, but ac­cord­ing to tour guide Shana Lacroix, there’s enough room on the is­land for every­one.

“Peo­ple from all walks of life come here. I think it’s an en­rich­ing place. The is­land is small, so we don’t have to drive for hours and hours. In win­ter it’s quiet, the is­land is just for us [res­i­dents].

“But now, in high sea­son, I en­joy the con­trast, I like the buzz. It keeps you young.”

The kids club at the In­visa re­sorts, the Pi­rate Pool and top of page, the town of Santa Eu­laria

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