Before the clubs and all-night celebrations gathered global attention, Ibiza had a credibility for something else completely: salt. The island was among the largest salt manufacturers in the Mediterranean and would export the stuff by the boatload. The important flavoring is even the origin of Ibiza’s most well-known label: the White Island. It would be a pity to leave without getting a package of Sal de Ibiza for home.
The island’s pleasant environment and abundant soils combine to yield figs, olives, peppers, tomatoes and more, while the Mediterranean sea provides an incredible selection of fish that generally lasts just hours out of the ocean prior to it’s served on the plate. What’s more, table turnover isn’t generally top priority for many of the island’s restaurateurs, so forget junk food and delight in remaining a while.
A bonus offer: Ibiza produces its own red wine, growing ganache and monastrell grapes for reds and malvasia for whites. The small scale of production doesn’t permit mass export, so seize the chance to taste local wines while you’re here.
Trying to find family-friendly dining, knock-out group dinners or healthy vegetarian fare for your next Ibiza restaurant reservations? Let us make some suggestions.
- Sa Punta, Talamanca
It’s difficult to beat this restaurant for location: the views across the Talamanca coastline are simply stunning. The menu provides worldwide twists on island produce– think red tuna tartare with ginger, edamame and enoki mushrooms or grilled scallops with green mango dressing and shiso mayo. Sunday is household day here and the restaurant hosts kids entertainment such as face-painting, interactive games, a bouncy castle and a trampoline.
- La Mukkeria, Formentera
Ice cream is the perfect remedy for a mid-afternoon slump and a foolproof solution for irritated kids. Which may be simply what you need after a long hot day on Formentera Island. Flavours on deal include the classics (chocolate, lemon, vanilla) as well as the more novel (hazelnut, rum and goats cheese; apple, carrot and lime).
- Casita Ibiza, San Antonio
A substantial and diverse menu stuffs in salads, steaks, pizza and even a hearty Sunday roast for those who desire a taste of house. If a taste of house is what you came to Ibiza to get away, never fear: there’s also a globally affected ‘Around the World’ section, which features the likes of Valencian chargrilled spicy sausage and Vietnamese-style black tiger prawns.
- Babylon Beach, Santa Eulalia
This effortlessly stylish beach bar is evidence that family-friendly dining doesn’t have to be naff. Send out the kids off to the gone to playground around the back and stretch out on a sun lounger in front of the Mediterranean waves. When it concerns eating at Babylon, two options are offered: a chiringuito (casual café) or an upscale restaurant. At both, the focus is on fresh, locally-sourced active ingredients, many of which originate from their chief provider: a certified organic animals farm. Citizen DJs man the decks and spin mellow soundtracks late into the evening.
- Vino & Co, Sant Jordi de ses Salines
Modern Spanish manufacturers top the bill at this white wine shop and white wine bar, which values great taste over credibility. Call into the red wine shop in Sant Jordi, where they’ll be delighted to help you navigate their stock. Get acquainted with the choice at the bar, where at least 20 continuously changing wines are available by the glass.