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South Coast

Es Torrent, Es Torrent beach

set in a very pretty little bay in total privacy, this is a stylish, convivial and delicious seafood restaurant. A well heeled but relaxed bunch dine here. Many say this is the best seafood on the island and the price tag matches. There is sand under your feet when you eat and lovely water for a swimming and snorkelling. It is pebbly at the waters edge so walk carefully getting in, particularly after a glass or Rosada or two! Highly recommended for a special lunch.

 

Es Xarcu, Cala Jondal bay

In the main bay of Cala Jondal there is a side cove called Es Xarcu which hosts a lovely fish restaurant with the same name. A touch more laid back than it’s Es Torrent neighbour but also serving up delicious fresh seafood. As you twist down the steep dusty track to get the restaurant you feel you have discovered a hidden gem. The setting is lovely and private but the swimming and beach are not as good as the food.

 

Tropicana Beach Club, Cala Jondal

Family friendly with good sea food and particularly great salads. There is a calm atmosphere and of all the Cala Jondal restaurants this is the best spot to spend a relaxed day and be looked after. It’s also the best spot on the beach for swimming for families as there is a bit more sand at this end of the bay – that said it can still be a bit stony when getting in.

 

The Blue Marlin, Cala Jondal

One of the most famous beach clubs in the world. Infamous, posy, flirty and, dare it be said, a lot of fun. Go dressed to impress although the less the better. The food is excellent, but if you prefer not to dine, put on your sunglasses, sip a cocktail and have fun partying or people watching. You can spend the day lying out on the giant round sunbeds (reservation essential) but the fun kicks off from about 18.00. Booking a table at 4pm for a long late lunch is our recommended tactic. Not really kid friendly particularly in mid-summer and the swimming, whilst fine for adults, is not good for small kids due to the large stones, despite the wooden jetty.

 

Yemanja, Cala Jondal

The best food of the Cala Jondal restaurants and right up there with Es Xarcu and Es Torrent in the fight for the best seafood in Ibiza. A lovely spot and right next to The Blue Marlin so you can have a long lunch and wander over to the noisy neighbour when the party kicks off. Open all year so loved by the locals and a good sunset spot in mid-winter.

 

Sa Caleta, Playa Sa Caleta

(also referred to as Es Bol Nou) is a beautiful small sandy bay with some excellent swimming especially for kids as it is generally calm, shallow and sandy. There is a very good seafood restaurant as well (same name, Sa Caleta) although it is not in full view of the beach so it’s not ideal if you have young kids playing there. Open all year and a great place for a long lunch in Spring and Autumn. Very popular with locals. Try the famous Café Caleta to finish off a feast.

 

Es Savina, Cala Jondal

the one no-one knows about. A local Spanish affair with much more reasonable prices and local food. A good alternative if you want to avoid the VIPs and VIP prices. You might well get a last minute table in peak summer too.

 

Ses Boques, Es Cubells beach.

Ses Boques

Feet in the dusty sand, laidback atmosphere under the Sabina trees and lovely views across the bay. This is one of our top lunch recommendations and is a local treat. You won’t find it unless you know about it. The beach is nothing special due to very difficult pebbly access to water but the seafood is fantastic and has been top mark for the last 42 years. In peak season we also recommend that you park your car at the top and walk down as it is a steep road and sometimes hard to get back up when jammed with cars.