Kids, Family Traveller would like you to write a story about a memorable family holiday. And don’t worry if you haven’t been anywhere exotic. We’d like to hear about anywhere, from Brighton to Bora Bora! Articles and stories should be no more than 500 words in length, and there are two age categories: Under-10 (3-9) and 10-and-over (10-16).
On your marks, get set… Write!
The winner in each age group will have their article published in Family Traveller. They will also win a fabulous family holiday for four to the Balearic island of Ibiza, worth £4,000 per family, along with the opportunity to write another article about Ibiza for Family Traveller on their return.
Part of a group of islands in the Mediterranean Seas called the Balearics, The White Isle, as Ibiza is known, is a gem for families. Mums and dads love its cool style, while kids love its laidback, fun attitude. Here, you’ll find 18km of beautiful beaches, from wide, sandy expanses, perfect for building sandcastles and drawing in the sand, to secret coves, where adventurous little ones can scramble over the rocks in search of crabs. For an authentic slice of Ibiza life, head to the rural north, where the relaxed pace of life calms even the most stressed of parents. At secluded boutique properties nestled among orange groves, the sounds of nature quickly lull kids and iron out the knots of even the most hunched shoulders. For older kids, the freedom of hiring bikes and setting off into the countryside with just a map to accompany them is the perfect antidote to city life, while the agroturismos – traditional farmhouses partly converted into stylish rural hotels – entertain kids with egg-collecting and the chance to meet the animal residents.
The interior of the island is perfect for exploring on foot or by car. With little villages dotted around the island, it’s a lovely way to spend a day, sampling the local cuisine, trinket shopping and meeting the locals. Teenagers and families looking for watersports and a buzz to their holidays should make a beeline for the main resorts on the island. These spots have entertaining older kids all wrapped up, often with organised activities and evening entertainment that mean teens will soon be making friends their own age. Before they know it, parents will be free to enjoy a sunlounger or the spa while the kids hang out with new best buddies.
For those seeking an insight into Ibiza’s dramatic and sometimes grisly past, the UNESCO site of Dalt Vila captivates children. The capital’s fortifications were built to repel the barbaric Berbers, and the legends of pirates and smuggling fulfil swashbuckling fantasies. The rich history of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Muslims can all be discovered in an interactive way – especially when you book a guide to bring the history to life.
Ibiza Old Town is also the place to revel in some seriously stylish shopping and indulgent eating. The cosmopolitan boutiques and restaurants are dotted along a few main drags, so it’s easy to spot the popular places and grab a prime spot for people-watching. One of the most popular hotel companies on the island, Invisa Hoteles, is a winner for families. Invisa has three- and four-star properties all over the island, many offering beachside locations to make the most of Ibiza's wonderful, safe shores, plus mini clubs for the smaller members of the family. Expansive pool and play areas, some with pirate ships and dedicated kids’ pools – as well as family dining and a relaxed and informal atmosphere – mean your hotel will make the prefect base from which to explore this very special island.
Two runners-up in each age category receive To the Ocean Deep by Sarah Yoon, a fabulous new art book from Laurence King’s ‘world’s tallest colouring books’ series. This fantastic pull-out illustration, a full 15ft long, will keep all ages of children entertained as they colour from the bottom to the surface of the ocean, encounter wonderful and weird sea creatures along the way. Worth £9.95