Monday, 25 August 2014

A Relaxers Guide To Ibiza

Admittedly when I was searching for a family holiday this year in no shape or form did a Ibiza cross my mind. It is not the first place I would have though of for a family holiday but the lure of the free child place was all too good. I had to be told of unbelievable sunsets that simply just melted into the sea and I didn't believe them until......








You can relax in Ibiza but just make sure you research where you're staying we were stopping at the Fiesta  Tannit which is 3 star whilst I'll be honest I'm a 4 star person think Holly Go Lightly on holiday from "Breakfast at Tiffany's " and you're not far off the mark!

Clean and adequate , the room was typically tiled and airy , the beds a little hard but clean and the balcony gave breath taking views over San Antonio bay. Having got up at 3am that morning to get a 6 am flight to Ibiza , we were all tidied , the teen was cranky by the time we got to bed. Now I'm no holiday grinch I understand children are going to bounce their little bouncy ball ( they win oh so joyfully from the bouncy ball machine ) but when it got to 11.40 at night my eye was beginning to twitch.


So I finally cracked I stomped down to reception complete with me in stripy pyjamas looking like an escaped Where's Wally with a hint of Jack Nicholson from the shining. Now I know no Spanish except hello , thank you and 2 beers please, so trying to explain " the bouncy ball bouncing on the floor above me is starting to annoy me " was hard . They did speak English but it got animated and I looked like I was on ' Give us a clue' they came up but guess what it went completely quiet but then the dum dum went off again, off to the offending room and sorted it out. And so peace was restored and we could begin our relax in earnest.

We never ever go to to welcome meetings preferring to do our research before we go and then if necessary asking the happy smiley reps in the hotel.

One of the first places we went being 20 minutes outside the bay of Antonio was the little aquarium which was along a beautiful breathtaking coastal path.



The aquarium is situated in a very picturesque area 5 minutes away from our hotel Fiesta Tanit the aquarium is tucked tucked into the cave on the edge of a cliff, and the walk there along the sea front path was breathtaking. The admission price is just over 4 Euros for adults and less for children ( you can pick a leaflet that gives you a discount at the Fiesta Tanit hotel.

Aquarium Cap Blanc

It is a very small aquarium , I'll be honest you're not going to see the marine life you'd see in a Sea Life centre there, but the ambiance and atmosphere of the place, the setting and the sense of fishing history make it well worth a visit. There is great snorkeling in the bay, and most of the fish you see in the aquarium are the fish you would see in the water around this area. The sea directly enters the cave where the fish are kept; the small bar, more resembling an Australian surf shack immediately outside the cave entrance is very atmospheric, and you can sit outside here with a drink, overlooking the sea is a great place to spend a short visit, also quite spectacularly amazing when the sun goes down and the breeze rustles your hair.


From aquarium Cap Blanc you can a water taxi to San Antonio it's not much 4 Euros one way and cheaper if you have a return. The water taxi is a proper little boat , one that looks like it could have been used in the Dunkirk landings but completely serviceable and safe.

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Ibiza old Town

We got a taxi from our hotel and it was about 26 Euros and that took us to the top of the old town where the fort is and a cathedral  and I am glad it did as I am asthmatic ! then we could wistfully wind our way down and oh what a serene and inspiring journey it was.

And being finally tuned to no wifi I was able to look up and see the shimmering beauty of the whitewashed houses than wound their way down to the bottom.The old town is split into distinct areas from restaurants ,bar and hippy clothing. Do wear good shoes as they streets are cobbled , luckily I did ! 



A holiday is what you make it and on the days when we weren't wandering about I were lazing by the pool reading or taking a dip, but a week was just enough for us perhaps long enough there had been more at the hotel but it was enough and sometimes that is all you need.




Me time
You time
We time

Family Time


15 comments:

  1. I am glad the bouncy ball stopped - how annoying. Looks lovely, definitely need my boys to see more of the world.

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  2. It looks beautiful. I would never have thought about Ibiza as a family destination x

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  3. How lovely - I'd love to visit one day x

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  4. would never have though of Ibiza for a family holiday, looks great though!

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  5. I never would have guessed you were in Ibiza from the photos.

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  6. We went to Ibiza old town pre boys and it was lovely. We hired a car and did lots of relaxing stuff

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  7. Lovely pictures, always nice to see what different parts of the world look like!

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  8. I would never have considered Ibiza before. I imagined it would be full of 18-30 type revellers, but it looks beautiful and serene from your photos.

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  9. Admittedly, I've only been to Ibiza as a raver in my youth but I do remember the Old Town as your lovely photos depict - really pretty. And the sunsets and sunrises were awesome. I agree with you a holiday is what you make it! Want to share this in more detail on Holiday Snapshots? Be a great trip to feature?

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  10. I would love to go to Ibiza - I have heard it is great for families

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  11. I am desperate to go to Ibiza, I've hear it's beautiful and it certainly looks it from your photos. I need to add it to my (long) list!!

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  12. Wish I could pack my bags and go right now. Looks beautiful.

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  13. There's so much more to the Balearics than just club culture - it's great to hear more widespread recognition of what they have to offer.

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  14. I think that this sounds like an ideal short break - the scenery is stunning!

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  15. Aww I've been to Ibiza a few times but not as a family. I did go as a party animal but it IS such a lovely Island and would definitely love to go back as a family x

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