What to do on Ibiza when they are expecting rain? What about a road trip? The island is not big, so we drove from the South West, to the upper North East to the South East in one day.
We started driving from our beautiful holiday house at Las Salinas and near Restaurant La Escollera in the South East. Our first stop was Santa Gertrudis, a little village in the centre of the islands, with nice restaurants and galleries.
On my way to Santa Gertrudis, we noticed a restaurant on the left-hand side of the motorway (PM 804) and diagonally across from Sluiz: Can Caus. A big white–and-blue building, with a lush garden and a huge car park, often full of cars around siesta time. We fancied a small snack, but when we saw the menu, we probably should have had a lighter breakfast. The menu consists mainly of lots of meat dishes, starting at €9.00 and going up to €24.50 – with the exception of the Ox Rib Steak. This costs €48.00, but for that price you do get a one-and-a-half kilo piece of meat grilled right at your table.
From Santa Gertrudis we drove to San Miguel centre. At a road side bar we had a café con leche and we tried out Flaó, the most traditional cake from Eivissa Island. This is a cheesecake flavored with anise and mint.
After that we drove to San Miguel beach. The coasts of Ibiza are capricious with many bays, coves and steep rocks rising from sea and we had a nice walk to the secluded beach Cala des Moltons.
From Cala D’en Serra we drove to Cala San Vicente. The weather started to turn and rain clouds were coming in.
Dutch owned beach club On The Beach serves great burgers! From the long list of “Super OTB Burgers”, it is worth trying the “Hulk”: 2 x 200 g 100% beef patties topped with bacon, cheese and a fried egg (€17.50). Or would you rather try the organic chicken saté with peanut sauce (€13.00) or the one and only original Kwekkeboom kroketten (meat croquettes) with chips (€10.00)? On The Beach also offers a great kids’ menu including fruit loaf with cheese (€5.00) or sausage and chips (€7.50).
Jay, the son of the owner of On The Beach, started two months ago The Boat house. Handsome ex-model Jay tells us:
When I was considering a new restaurant, I particularly wanted to take into account the diversity of people and their tastes.
The menu has meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan dishes. The fish you see on the menu is caught fresh every day from small boats that land at the beach of Cala San Vicente.
There are two routes you can take to San Carlos from Cala San Vicente: either via the beautiful village of San Juan, or by taking the steep and twisting road along the coast. We took the coast road with all the twists and turns and the fantastic vistas across the bays of north-western Ibiza.
In San Carlos we visited Bar Anita. After some tapa’s they wanted to try the Flaó again. Although the ingredients are the same, the cake tastes different at every other place.
From Sant Carles we drove to the shop “100% Ibiza” just before you arrive at Santa Eulalia. This is a weird place, almost like a junk yard, but sometimes you can find neat stuff there. The owner lives on the property with his numerous cats and chickens, and there is also a stranded boat with an outside bath tub.
You can’t miss Raco Verd when you drive through the high street of Sant Josep. A corner building, diagonally opposite the church, with a nice terrace under a large olive tree and an even nicer inside terrace with a beautiful trompe l’oeil mural, and live music in the evenings. Dishes are inspired by Mexican cuisine, but they also offer classic Spanish tapas. The local produce is organic, including the wine and the beer.
Destino is within walking distance of the white church, dating from 1785, in the centre of Sant Josep. It’s a Spanish tapas bar with Moroccan influences. Here, you can savour all sorts of beautiful little dishes on the outside terrace or in one of the cosy spaces inside. There’s also couscous on Friday evenings in the summer.
Near Sant Josep you can drive up the mountain Sa Talaia, the highest point of Ibiza. Although it is a rough road we managed it with our 4×4 rental car.
After that we went to Cala D’Hort, a great place to see Es Vedra, a famous landmark, almost 400 meters in height, made of limestone and surrounded by many myths and legends.
Es Vedra, even without the legends it is a special place to visit!
From Cala D’Hort we drove to Sa Caleta. With red cliffs and clear water Sa Caleta is tranquil and secluded.
And from Sa Caleta we drove back to our rental house near Es Cavallet beach.
We passed Cap de Falco and saw a beautiful sunset. Ibiza a small island? We drove that day a total of 150 KM…