IBIZA - A DIFFERENT SIDE
Holidays are one of the sweet things about having to work, just the thought of taking two weeks off gets me into the holiday vibe and actually switching off from work. This year we decided to book a holiday for relaxing time in the sun after stomping around Glastonbury for a week. Best idea ever! One of our favourite places that we know quite well and love very much is Ibiza. However this time around we wouldn't be partying as much, instead we wanted to explore the island and eat lots of tasty tapas. It's now over two weeks since we flew out to Ibiza and I'm still thinking about all the amazing food we ate. I thought I would share where we visited and give you some tips on where to go if you are heading to the white isle this summer.
Situated between our villa in Jesus near Ibiza Town and Cala Sant Vincent we discovered this lovely little restaurant in San Carlos. When we found this place I thought we were actually north of the island, turns out it's east of the island! Anyway we discovered this place driving past it and round a very sharp corner on a little exploration of the island with our friends, so on the way back down we decided to stop off as it looked busy for such a small place at 3pm in the afternoon. We only had a bowl of olives, aioli and bread but it went down a treat with the big jug of sangria.
Tip: sit outside by the side of the road for the sunshine.
After talking about how much we were all craving tapas, we decided Friday night was tapas time at La Bodega. If you google this place it comes up in the top five restaurants to visit in Ibiza Town and it doesn't disappoint. We came here two years ago for my 30th birthday with 10 of my friends and had the best 'last meal of the holiday', if that's a thing?! This time around there was just four of us but I'm sure we ordered the same amount and as we were so hungry we did the amateurish thing of ordering it all at once.. Plates were coming out faster than we could eat the food! If you ever eat here, order a couple of dishes at one time and savour the food, unlike us very hungry people wolfing it down to fit more plates on our little table! FYI every person that we have recommend this place has had the best food here
Tip: Book to avoid disappointment and order the salmon or beef carpaccio - delicious!
Ok so we couldn't go to Ibiza and not party just a little bit. This time it wasn't about the super clubs, we were looking for more of a relaxed and intimate setting. Pikes Hotel was just that! We got there a little early before the restaurant entertainment had ended so sat outside on the beds in the garden sipping on some lovely gin and tonic while enjoying the quirky exterior. The main room holds about 150 people so it's definitely a world away from the super clubs but the music and vibe was perfect! Expect plenty of funky disco & house music from the likes of Artwork, Leon Vynehall & DJ Harvey.
Tip: check out the website to see which residencies they have on - the parties are FREE! You can also eat here but it can get a little pricey.
After the partying, it was straight back to filling our faces with amazing food and wine. This last afternoon in Ibiza was spent up in the hills in a recently renovated farmhouse called La Granja. They grow their own fruit and vegetables and even have their very own donkey and pig! The whole place has a very bohemian vibe with a slick modern twist, with soft cream wooden furniture and old brickwork showing throughout. The interior and poolside was amazing and something else but the food was the highlight of visiting this place. We only had the choice of fish, meat or vegetarian when booking our table but they certainly didn't disappoint. Fresh gazpacho, carrot & beetroot hummus and salads to start. Steak cooked on a mini BBQ on the table and a huge local fish perfectly cooked!
Tip: This was on the pricey side but it is worth every penny for the three-course meal. If you are looking for an experience and a perfect ending to your holiday then La Granja is a perfect way to leave.
This place has been highly recommended by the couple we travelled with this holiday. The bar is the perfect place to sit out on massive bean bags and watch the world go by. We ended up sitting on the hill until 1.30 in the morning drinking sangria, bloody lovely!
Tip: If you are staying near Ibiza town, this is a great bar for pre meal or pre-drinks before your night out.
For anyone who has been to Ibiza before you know the sunset is a lovely thing to watch over dinner or pre-drinks at Cafe Mambo, but if you want to take it up a notch La Torre has a gorgeous setting up on the top of rocks. You get a perfect view of the horizon whilst listening to some chilled music watching the sun is setting. This place had the best sangria we tried in Ibiza!!
Hope you guys liked this different post, I really enjoyed exploring a different side to Ibiza and sharing my findings with you guys. Please let me know if you like this kind of post and if you have been to any of these places or planning on going.