Mirror mirror on the wall, what is the finest island of them all? While we wait for an answer, we’ll go ahead and give filling in the blanks a go: Ibiza. It’s bizarre that a tiny island with less than 132,637 inhabitants has so many different aspects to offer. Fine dining and ultimate tranquility, on one hand, parties where you can dance until dawn on the other. And of course, an abundance of sangria and an authentic Spanish culture in the middle that glues the whole island together. Whilst discovering your own route through the island is half the fun, we’ll give away 9 of our favorite restaurants, bars, and beaches for a small push in the right direction:
Note: Visiting Ibiza in July or August? During high season it’s highly advisable to place reservations in advance to avoid disappointment. Whether it is for beach clubs, sun beds, lunch or dinner seats.
The perfect place to start your day, whether it is with breakfast or brunch, is at Little Ibiza. The restaurant features a colorful terrace covered with tasseled parasols that overlooks the sea and the Figueretas boulevard. The menu is very decently priced with fruity smoothie bowls going for €10 ($11.6) and cocktails for around €7 ($8.2). In the mood for something oriental or Asian inspired later in the day? Then Little Ibiza is worth a visit as well.
2. La Oliva
Set within the romantic and characteristic old town of Ibiza lies La Oliva. The restaurant features a Mediterranean menu infused with hints of the Asian cuisine. Pulpo fan like us? This is the place you’ll want to order it. The fast majority of the tables at La Oliva are set outside, in an angled picturesque street nearby the bustling Dalt Vila square.
For more information visit www.laolivaibiza.com.
The brand new sister of Amante, (our lucky no. 7 on this list) is Aiyanna Ibiza. Located on the north side of the Cala Nova bay, the beachfront restaurant features a panoramic view of the Mediterranean sea. The interior is very Ibiza alike, boho chic, with a focus on wood, white and pops of colors throughout. Their healthy menu is large and varied, with a focus on organic ingredients that come straight from their garden to the table. What we love the most? The sharing plates like the MEZZE made up with guacamole with avocado and peas, hummus, muhammara, feta cheese with olives and vegetable crudites for € 19,50.
For more information visit www.aiyannaibiza.com.
4. La Paloma
A treasure to be found in the middle of the island, in a small village named San Lorenzo: La Paloma. The small family owned restaurant is set between the orange trees and therefore boasts a romantic atmosphere throughout. Their menu can be found on chalkboards hanging here and there from the trees, featuring tons of organic ingredients and seasonal daily specials. The restaurant specialty is homemade focaccias stuffed with all sorts of yummy goodness.
The total price of an extensive lunch: €42,70 ($49.9) For more information visit palomaibiza.com.
5. Ohana Ibiza
Poké bowls at the beach, yes, please. At the Playa d’en Bossa boulevard, you’ll find the new Poké bar Ohana. In particular an excellent spot for a beach break and some fresh lunch. Choose between the salmon, tuna or vegetarian option; all topped off with delicious ingredients such as avocado, seaweed, edamame and so on.. you know the drill. And, for a very decent price. The salmon bowl goes for €14 euro. Aside from poké bowls, there are plenty of other options on the menu to chose from.
6. Cotton beach club
Along the western coastline, overlooking one of the prettiest beaches in Ibiza is the all-white Cotton Beach Club. Due to the white, the interior gets an additional boost as it is in total contrast with the 50 shades of blue coming in from the beach set below (our fav beach in fact and no. 9 on this list). The menu on offer has influences from all over the world, think Japanese premium sushi rolls (>€23) and Thai curries (€25) but also Mexican chicken tacos (€25) or Segovia suckling pig (€36). Aside from being an excellent spot for lunch or dinner, Cotton Beach Club is also a great place to sip wine in the afternoon and watch away the sunset. Most of the time a DJ is playing live Ibiza tunes in the restaurant, boasting the already good vibes.
For more information visit www.cottonbeachclub.com
Set on a cliff overlooking the turquoise waters of Sol Den Serra bay, lies a stunning beach restaurant named Amante. The restaurant has a gorgeous wide sea view and an evenly incredible menu. Serving modern food from the Spanish and Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Make sure to give their desserts a go while you’re there! In addition to the restaurant, they offer sunbeds (€30) with the same phenomenal view. The sunbeds, however, are limited and in high demand. So if you’re keen on spending your day here make sure to reserve a sunbed weeks in advance. Last minute? Option B is to work with their waiting list, as all reserved beds (no show) are released at 13:00
For more information visit www.amanteibiza.com
8. La Scala
The restaurants in Ibiza old town are charming, to say the least. But restaurant La Scala takes it up a notch, with an incredibly romantic outdoor terrace. The street faced terrace is covered in all sorts of greens, lights, and flowers; creating a wonderful atmosphere. Needless to say, you’ll want to book a table outside. The waiters are chatty and charming, offering complimentary cava to start your evening with and fresh fruit to end it. For a 3-course dinner, with a bottle of wine and water, a total was paid of €105,90 ($122,6).
9. Cala Tarida
Last but not least. Our favorite beach in Ibiza. Cala Tarida. The water here is clearer than many other beaches we’ve ever plunged in and is mostly free of rocks and seaweed. Not even mentioning the awe-inspiring tones of blue overlaying each other. It is however due to these lovely waters that the beach does tend to get extremely crowded with locals in high season. For a bit more of a secluded area, choose to climb your way down from the parking lot. But keep in mind, the fact that it’s a climb is not exaggerated.