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The traditional Ibicencan cuisine is entirely based on what the island has to offer, and although nowadays most of the food has to be shipped to the island, some restaurants still stick to their local suppliers, – especially the fishermen are highly appreciated here.


There is no better way to explore the Ibicencan dishes in one of the many restaurants you can find along the southwestern coastline of San José town (which actually stretches from Playa d’en Bossa to Cala Conta) Please have a look at our editor´s pick of eight typical dishes served at eight different, paradisiac beaches around San José.

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Platges de Comte (Cala Conta) is the perfect place for those who have fallen in love with the turquoise waters and the carved coastline of this part of the island. The area of Cala Conta has been declared a natural reserve and provides an idyllic atmosphere to have a traditional Arroz Marinera (seafood rice) at Ses Roques  restaurant, a truly unique place with amazing views and specialized in seafood from all around the island.

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The neighbouring beach to Cala Conta, is the big sandy stretch of Cala Tarida. There are quite a few restaurants here to enjoy Mediterranean food. However, above the beach you have the spectacular terrace of Ca’s Milà,  an exquisite place with spectacular views, where you find typical fresh fish dishes elaborated with great love of detail. The place is particularly famous for a dish called ‘Guisat de Peix’, which is a fishermen´s dish, comparable to the French boullabaisse, however, more elaborate.

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Right next to Cala Vadella we have the smaller beach of Cala Carbó, a hidden gem for those who seek peace and tranquility. The water is crystal clear and the wild coastline is simply a feast for the eye. Get seduced in the beach restaurant El Balneario by a fresh fish dish, made in the oven. They always have fresh fish of the day such as Rotja, which is a very tasteful, typical Ibicencan reddish fish or Sirvia, which is similar to Tuna, however lighter. The daily fish is provided by some local fishermen, so this is a perfect option to try local quality food at a reasonable price.

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Let´s move on along the coast and head to the next beach, which is the mythical Cala d’Hort, better known as the beach from where you get the best views to the magical Es Vedrá island. However, it is also a fantastic family beach, where you can find all kinds of watersports options, or venture to the antique Roman-Punic settlement of Ses Paisses de Cala d’Hort conocida or the hidden beach, which among locals is known as Atlantis. But don´t leave without trying the fabulous paella varieties has to offer the El Carmen restaurant has to offer.

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We head further south along the little romantic streets of the Es Cubells Natural Reserve, and the next beach we reach is situated in the Porroig bahia, which is the emblematic red rock sticking out of the southern coastline, one of the oldest natural ports of Ibiza. Here you have the heavenly Cala de Es Torrent. This place transpires tranquility and exclusiveness in every grain. There are only a few sunbeds and just one restaurant on the beach, however it is known to be one of the best restaurants on the island. Why not try their fantastic noodle paella Fideuà taking in the essence of Ibicencan cuisine.

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Next stop: Es Cubells, pass the romantic little church and follow the tiny road along the coast, the legendary “balconies of Es Cubells”, maybe the most breathtaking panoramic road on the island. Enjoy the stunning views over the sea and the many luxury villas, that are lined up along the coastline, but don´t miss out to walk down to the beach, which is called  Ses Boques, and is a tiny little, pebbly stretch, yet utterly romantic with little fishermen´s huts on either side and a “chiringuito”, a beach restaurant in the middle. Our recommendation: try the authentic lobster stew,  stick your bare feet into the sand and feel a light sea breeze on your skin. This is a priceless experience.

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San José has many sides to it, from laid-back and quiet up to fancy and funky. The town´s probably most emblematic little beach is the famous Cala Jondal, the place where the mega-yachts and the celebrities can be spotted during the summer and with beach clubs, where everything goes. Stop by at the Tropicana Beach Club to celebrate life with a glass of champagne and a  Guisat de Peix, a delicious stew of different types of fresh fish along with vegetables.

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Let´s finalize our tour along the San José coast with a stop at one of the longest sandy beaches of Ibiza island, the Ses Salines.  Walk along the beach up to the pirate tower and focus on the cristalline, shallow waters and rest in one of the little coves in between the main beach and the tower. Later, stop by at the renowned Jockey Club Ibiza, where they have created a fantastic lip-smacking tuna stew with tomato chutney, also known as  Atún Jockey.

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