Space We Love blogger Ian C, uncovers a few more Ibiza gems.
I was lucky enough to have been invited to the opening event. There was a great traditional Spanish band playing and the place is really well set out for possible future events with a bar, funky seating areas and even a dj box ready and waiting quirkily set up in a beached speedboat. If you are going to give it a go, I would recommend sunset time as the view from up there is quite breathtaking!
Selling (amongst other things), Vinyl, CD’s and club tickets, Solo Records in the heart of San Antonio’s West End is certainly a little gem to stumble across. The shops owner Danny Graham first arrived inIbizain 1992 and ended up performing as resident for institutions like Godskitchen and Clockwork Orange. Solo Records and indeed Danny is certainly a great point of reference for music and info if you are in that part of town.
Bar Costa is nestled just off the square in Santa Gertrudis which is in the center of Ibiza itself. This area of the island has built a reputation over the years for being the Mecca for Ibiza’s artist community. There is no where that shows this more than Bar Costa. From the front, its a little café bar, but venture inside and it opens up into a series of rooms that hold wall to wall paintings.
The story is that over its very long history, the bar has taken many many paintings in return for unpaid artists bar tabs accrued over various long winters. I actually will drive there for a coffee, a bocadillo (Spanish bread cut length wise) and rubbed with tomatoes accompanied by Serrano ham and Manchego (sheep) cheese. Really cheap, really Spanish and really addictive.
Down the coast from San Antonio is a beautiful bay called Cala Vedella. A fairly busy beach in high summer but still remarkably calm, it’s the backdrop to one of my favourite places to eat in Ibiza – particularly for paella.
Restaurant Can Jaume serves a remarkable variety of sea food dishes, but the paella is definitely the one. The main dish for two plus a bottle of chilled house rosé came to about €50 which is really reasonable for the quality of the food and service that you get. When you’ve finished you can burn off a few calories by wiggling your toes in the turquoise med!