The island’s diverse culture appeals to many visitors and locals alike – from party venues, nightclubs, and bars to its many beaches, nature preserves, and historical sites.
The following is a list of our favourite local things to do for the more relaxed visitor. These top authentic and trusted restaurants have been around for many years before the ‘party scene’ began, and the big hotels dominated the island.
So, let’s see, plan, and enjoy #Ibiza.
Restaurante Cala Martina
Cala Martina, Santa Eulalia
This authentic and well-known restaurant opened over 50 years ago on Cala Martina beach in Santa Eulalia and is renowned for its delicious rice dishes and traditional Ibizan fish dishes.
There are no frills or extortionate prices here. The dishes all feature quality ingredients, catch-of-the-day options, and generous portions. Daily preparations include paellas, seafood rice, black rice, bullits de peix, fish stews, and lobster.
Restaurant Martina doesn’t close (except on Christmas Day) unless the weather is exceptionally harsh – even a few hours of relatively heavy storms and rain does not faze this traditional and long-standing family business.
San Carlos, Santa Eulalia
Carmen and Lucia Pagès opened Cas Pagès in 1972, making it one of the oldest restaurants on the island. For almost 40 years, this small restaurant on San Carlos road has served spectacular homemade dishes and grilled meats from its charcoal and wood-fired oven.
We recommend the “arroz de matanza”, a delicious rice dish made from the finest cuts of pork, and the “sofrit payès”, a dish that consists of lamb and chicken with sobrasada, potatoes, toasted almonds, and various herbs and spices. It’s divine!
You should remember that portion sizes are abundant – so don’t overdo it unless you are willing to take home a few doggy bags. Card payments are not accepted here, nor are reservations taken, so please arrive with cash in your back pocket.
Cala Salada, San Antonio
Located in the immediate vicinity of the beach Cala Salada, just a few km away from Sant Antoni de Portmany. As of 1982, the Riera Sala family has run the restaurant for over thirty years. It offers authentic seafood cuisine with the distinctive taste of Ibiza, all prepared with maximum care and attention.
You can enjoy fresh fish, paella, and lobster stew, all served in a pleasant, family-friendly atmosphere while enjoying sea views in a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere at Cala Salada. There are some pretty spectacular sunsets to be seen here as well!
Sant Carlos, Santa Eulalia
Located next to the church of Sant Carlos is one of the island’s most famous bars. Anita Bar originated in the 1960s during the Bohemian era and the hippie movement.
It is a place that invites guests to spend relaxing moments in the true spirit of Ibiza. In its decor, monuments to the past are everywhere: bottles, paintings, sports trophies, old post boxes (still in use) and the famous telephone booth that once served as the only telephone in Santa Eulalia.
Bar Anita is more than a bar; it is a philosophy of life that allows you to stand still in time. Once again, the menu here is very typical of the area. There are bocadillos, tapas, Spanish omelettes, and plenty of seafood dishes to choose from.
Ses Salines, San Jose
Located at Salines Beach’s far end, Sa Trinxa has always been a hotspot for beach restaurants. Since 1978, Sa Trinxa has offered a relaxed yet highly social beach bar with a vibrant atmosphere.
The décor of the bar is authentic and colourful, retaining many of its original features. Located on the beach, this restaurant serves great food for this part of town at reasonable prices.
Music from some of Ibiza’s finest DJs is regularly provided, creating an imaginary dancefloor on the sand in front, boasting nothing less than its original Ibizan 70’s vibe.
In Sa Trinxa, you’ll find a typical sense of freedom and Ibizan spirit that will appeal to tourists and locals alike. Fortunately, Sa Trinxa has not competed with its upmarket neighbours and remains an authentic Ibiza restaurant!
Santa Agnes, Sant Antonio
In the quiet village of Santa Agnés, Sa Palmera is a pleasant family-run restaurant serving traditional rice dishes and fried seafood. This is a great way to experience the authentic foodie style of the Ibizans.
Relax in the summer flower-filled garden after exploring Santa Agnes’ beautiful countryside and enjoy some traditional cuisine with friends in the homely atmosphere. Don’t forget to finish your meal with some homemade herbias or cafe caleta!
Cala Tarida, San Jose
Ses Eufabies is situated directly on the beach at Cala Tarida, one of Ibiza’s most popular coves in the San Jose area. There is no doubt that this restaurant serves delicious, homemade, honest food at a very reasonable price.
This restaurant offers a simple menu of salads, meats, fish, pasta dishes, desserts, and the famous dish of the day. Dishes vary and change according to the season and the day’s market.
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So, that’s it for our beloved authentic food hotspots. Be sure to visit one of these little gems on your next Ibiza vacation and show your support for small local businesses on the island.
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