Ibiza — Food and Restaurants
Ibiza has a multitude of restaurants, bars and nightclubs aimed to please international guests. The local food is Mediterranean Spanish, but almost every cuisine is represented somewhere on the island, particularly in the main resort areas. Seafood is a natural specialty, although many would argue that Ibiza’s real claim to fame is its massive dance parties. The mega-clubs, which can hold thousands of revelers, boast internationally-renowned DJs and state-of-the-art sound, light, bars, and facilities.
Bars and Pubbing in Ibiza
San Antonio and Ibiza Town boast a majority of the nightclubs, frequented mainly by young European holidaymakers. Dance enthusiasts will find Ibiza Town has several world famous clubs, including Pacha (Passeig de Joan Carles I, Ibiza Town) and Privilege (Urbanización San Rafael, San Rafael, Ibiza). Alternatively, high rollers can try their luck at the Casino de Ibiza (Paseo Juan Carlos I, s/n, Ibiza), while those who prefer live music should head to the quirky old-world glamour of Teatro Pereya (Carrer del Comte de Rosselló, Ibiza Town), a bar and café set in a converted theater. A little farther out, Amnesia (San Antonio Road Km. 5, San Rafael, Ibiza) is a well-known super-club with a free late night bus shuttle back to town.
However, San Antonio is where the nightlife gets truly hectic. Most of the bars, pubs, and clubs, including Eden (Calle Salvador Espriu, 07820, San Antonio, Ibiza), are clustered along the waterfront. Farther afield, the award-winning Space nightclub (Platja d´en Bossa, Sant Josep de sa Talaia region) promises visitors a stellar night out.
Seaside resorts, such as Santa Eul√†ria and Portinaxt, have calmer entertainment scenes, usually focused around the bars and restaurants lining the waterfront. Guarana Music Bar (Puerto Deportivo Santa Eulalia) hosts live DJs and bands in a pleasant atmosphere, while Delboy’s English Bar (Playa Portinatx, San Juan) is more of a traditional pub. Those who like to stay up late will enjoy Bar La Barca (Portinaxt, Sant Joan de Labritja).
Dining and Cuisine in Ibiza
Cuisine in Ibiza is Mediterranean with a strong Catalan influence. Dishes are generally healthy and often feature local seafood, vegetables, olive oil, and almonds. A typical meal tends to comprise of an appetizer, a main course, and coffee and dessert accompanied by salad, bread and wine or sangria. The Balearics are well known for las sopes mallorquines, bread and vegetable soup, which is a starter, while el guisat de peix, seafood stew and Spanish chicken or seafood and rice paellas, are common dishes.
Right by the sea, La Fontana (Paseo Maritimo esquina calle Juan Tur, Juan Tur 13) is one of Ibiza’s most highly rated restaurants for local cuisine, as is Ibiza town’s Restaurante S’Ametller (Calle Pere Frances, 12, 07800 Ibiza Town), which offers elegantly presented seafood and island favorites in a simple red-walled, white-tablecloth dining room.
Restaurants such as El Viejo Gallo (Valencia 2, Port des Torrent, Sant Josep) specialize in one of the Balearic cuisine’s most famous dishes, Caldereta de Langosta lobster, garlic, onion and tomato stew. However, being a major holiday destination, Ibiza has a huge selection of international restaurants so those who prefer Chinese, Indian or vegetarian food will be catered to.