Ibiza Balearic Islands Eating, drinking and dancing
(+34 971 198 335)
The atmosphere in this restaurant’s dining room, lounge and terrace garden is a cool Moroccan Arabian Nights-style.
Calle Isidor Macabich, San Rafael
El Bigote ("the moustache") refers to the proprietor of this beach-shack restaurant overlooking a bay with crystal-clear water and first-class snorkelling. You have to make a reservation in person (there is no phone) a day in advance before being allowed to eat the fish you catch.
Cala Mastella, north-east coast, near San Carlos
(+34 971 395 355)
A beach cafe that caters to a clientele requiring being waited on hand and foot; snacks from the varied, Mediterranean menu are brought to the sunloungers. Playa des Cavallet is a nudist beach.
Playa des Cavallet, Ibiza
(+34 971 802 160)
Located in a beautiful bay near Porroig, this restaurant does excellent seafood. Book a week in advance in summer and order your fish the day before.
C/ Porroig, Sant Josep
+34 971 187 130
Juan y Andrea
This restaurant really is one of a kind. If you can’t afford a private boat to take you to its wave-side perch, hop onto a fast ferry from Ibiza and hire a scooter at the other end. Kick off your shoes and run your toes through sand before dining on your lobster and chips. Pack your swimwear – the soft-sand beach is Caribbean standard.
Playa Illetas, Formentera
(+34 971 396 349)
So-called because it’s around 5km out of Ibiza Town on the road to San José, this popular venue is decked out with Bedouin tents and loungers. It bills itself, accurately, as ‘the perfect escape from the craziness of Ibiza’s pounding club culture’ and its restaurant is renowned for Argentine steaks and beautifully crafted Mediterranean dishes.
Carretera Sant Josep
(+34 971 301 202)
For dinner, this place serves local dishes in a gorgeous courtyard garden backing on to the city ramparts; ask for a table amid the fronds of banana plants
Carre Pere Sala 3, Ibiza Town
+34 971 305 752
There are two 'oliva' restaurants in the Old Town – this is our favourite. Come here for delicious Mediterranean food and prime people-watching.
Calle Santa Cruz, 2 (Dalt Vila), Ibiza
(+34 971 198 102)
Las Dos Lunas
An exclusive restaurant, much favoured by the Spanish jet set. Upscale Italian cooking, done with some panache.
Carretera Eivissa-Sant Antoni, 07816 San Rafael
(+34 971 314 707)
At the far end of the marina in Ibiza Town, this stylish waterfront bar is popular at sunset and has a good reputation for serving delicious seafood and Italian dishes. Booking is essential.
Plaza Sa Riba 11, Ibiza Town
+34 971 191 789
This brand-new Ibiza hotspot in Santa Gertrudis delivers an evening/suppertime dose of music and entertainment, making it ideal for parents partying with kids in tow.
Poligono Cana Palava, Carretera Santa Gertrudis
(+34 971 395 788)
The Jockey Club
An informal brasserie on a beautiful beach, popular all year round thanks to its fresh fish, good music and international menu. Bring a yacht – everyone else seems to.
Playa Salinas, Sant Josep
+34 971 800 006
Trattoria del Sole
This wonderful Italian restaurant is cosy, glamorous and just as good out of season. Don’t let the suspect Astroturf walkway leading to the restaurant from the car park discourage you; the food is fabulous.
Ctra. ibiza - Sant Jose KM, 7.5 07830 Ibiza Town
(+34 971 198 041)
Another Ibiza super-club, gay night on Wednesdays is one of the best parties on the island, possibly the world.
Carretera Ibiza a San Antonio, San Rafael
Get the lowdown on the best parties over cocktails in this cool, waterside hangout, before boarding the Disco Bus.
Carre Cipriano Garijo 16, Ibiza Town
In a former airport hangar, a stone’s throw from the runway of Ibiza Airport, this covered terrace with a sideroom squeezes in 1,500 clubbers for its wild all-day Monday Circo Loco parties. Bring sun cream.
Carretera de las Salinas
(+34 971 313 612)
This enormous, 3,000-capacity club/worldwide brand that is celebrating its 40th anniversary somehow manages to retain an intimate vibe.
Avda 8 d'Agost, Ibiza Town
(+34 971 198 160)
The biggest nightclub in the world with a 25 metre-high ceiling, huge indoor pool and windows offering a view over the island. Most people don’t come here for the views though.
Calle de Ibiza, 07816 San Rafael
(+34 971 396 793)
One of the original Ibiza super-clubs, established in 1989 and the first to open on Sunday nights and in the morning when other clubs had shut. It is located right under the flight path of planes landing at Ibiza Airport.
Playa d'En Bossa, Sant Josep
(+34 971 311 813)
A traditional roadside tapas bar that serves authentic Ibizan dishes and is particularly popular at breakfast and lunchtime.
Nuestra Señora de Jesus
This popular Italian café on the hippie-fied Benirràs beach is one of the island's most spectacular spots for watching the sunset.
Benirràs beach, near Port de San Miquel
(+34 971 310 161)
Located in a grand, colonial-style hotel, this is the perfect spot to sit and watch the world go by.
Paseo Vara de Rey, Ibiza Town