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Tapas route around Ibiza – Authentic and unique flavours

There is no perfect trip if you haven’t tried the traditional dishes of the destination. Ibiza is known for its beaches and coves, but also for its gastronomy. For many, it is the best in the Mediterranean, as it has all the necessary ingredients to conquer any palate that dares to try it.

From fresh fish, to vegetables fresh from the Ibizan garden, to the most original and avant-garde dishes that combine perfectly with tradition.

In this guide you will find the best places for tapas in Ibiza. Those bars that will make you come back to repeat the experience, leaving the baths and sunsets in the background. Because Ibiza is gastronomy. It is quality.

Tips for enjoying tapas in Ibiza

  • Opening hours: In Ibiza, tapas are served later than in other parts of Spain. Most bars start serving tapas at around 8 or 9pm, so plan your route so you don’t miss out on any delicacies.
  • Share: The beauty of tapas lies in their variety, so don’t be afraid to share dishes with your friends and family who accompany you on this journey. This way, you will be able to try a wider range of flavours.
  • Try experimenting: Don’t limit yourself to the dishes you already know. Dare to try new combinations and flavours, who knows what delights you might discover!

The best places for tapas in Ibiza

Tapas in Ibiza's old town

The old quarter of Ibiza, known as Dalt Vila, is one of those areas of the island where you can lose yourself between one bar and the next, sampling the best tapas in Ibiza.  

In each of its narrow streets, you can find a wide selection of restaurants and tapas bars that fuse tradition with the avant-garde. Where you will be able to taste and try every typical dish of the area. 

In between tapas, tourists will be able to explore the area, where the ancient walls and fortifications surrounding the old town are located. 

The tapas route in Sant Antoni de Portmany

Sant Antoni de Portmany, or simply San Antonio, is famous for its stunning sunsets and lively nightlife. But it is also an excellent destination for tapas, with a wealth of bars and restaurants offering a variety of options to suit all tastes.

From classic beach bars to cosy corners in the city centre, Sant Antoni is the perfect place to enjoy a night of tapas by the sea.

Discovering the tapas of Santa Eulalia del Río

Are you looking for an area for tapas, but quieter than the centre of Ibiza? We have the perfect solution! Notes:

Santa Eulalia del Río is an ideal destination for those looking for a more relaxed experience.

With its charming seafront promenade and tranquil atmosphere, this picturesque town offers a selection of bars and restaurants where visitors can enjoy tapas by the sea.

From classic fish and seafood dishes to innovative creations of Mediterranean cuisine, Santa Eulalia del Río offers tapas for all tastes.

5 bars for tapas in Ibiza

Now that you know which are the best areas for tapas in Ibiza, it’s time to find out which are the 5 favourite establishments for locals and tourists. Which one will you go to on your next holiday?

La Bodega

La Bodega is much more than just a tapas bar. It is a place where tradition meets culinary excellence, where every dish is a masterpiece and every sip of wine is a sensory journey.

One of the stars of La Bodega’s menu are its delicious fish croquettes, a true delicacy for lovers of the flavours of the sea. These croquettes, made with fresh local fish and a secret blend of spices and herbs, are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.

Bar Costa

Located in the charming village of Santa Gertrudis, in the heart of Ibiza, is the picturesque Bar Costa, a real hidden treasure that captivates visitors with its cosy atmosphere and delicious gastronomic offer.

But what really makes Bar Costa special is its exquisite gastronomic offer. Their Iberian ham sandwiches are legendary all over the island, made with the best hand-cut ham and served on freshly baked bread. In addition to its famous sandwiches, Bar Costa also offers a variety of homemade tapas that reflect Ibiza’s rich culinary tradition. From the classic patatas bravas to the chef’s innovative creations, each dish is carefully prepared with fresh ingredients of the highest quality.

Of course, no visit to Bar Costa would be complete without enjoying a refreshing drink to accompany your tapas. From a cold beer to a local unvermut, the bar’s extensive drinks menu offers a wide selection of options to pair with your meal.

Ca n’Alfredo

Ca n’Alfredo is a true gastronomic oasis where Ibizan tradition is fused with a friendly family atmosphere. This charming bar is known for offering an authentic and relaxed dining experience.

One of the stars of the menu are the famous ‘ensaladas payesas’, a traditional Ibiza dish combining fresh, local ingredients such as tomato, onion, pepper, cucumber and olives, all dressed with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. This salad is a real feast for the senses and a perfect sample of the island’s simple but delicious cuisine.

Another delicacy not to be missed is Ca n’Alfredo’s delicious calamari a la romana. These tender, crispy squid rings are battered and fried to perfection, and served with a homemade aioli sauce that enhances their flavour and makes them a real treat for the palate. It is the perfect accompaniment to enjoy with a glass of local wine or a cold beer.

But the gastronomic experience at Ca n’Alfredo goes beyond the main courses. The bar also offers a variety of tapas and pintxos that are ideal for sharing with friends or to enjoy as a starter.

El Rincón de Pepe

Close to the lively West End area of San Antonio, you will find a renowned gastronomic corner: Rincón de Pepe. This charming tapas restaurant has conquered the palate of locals and visitors alike, thanks to its welcoming atmosphere, affordable prices and, above all, the excellence of its traditional dishes.

Among the star dishes at Rincon de Pepe is gazpacho, a cold, spiced tomato soup that has captivated the most demanding palates. This refreshing delicacy is so popular that people from all over the world travel long distances just to taste it.

El Zaguán

In Ibiza, we can also enjoy the culinary diversity of Spain, thanks to places like El Zaguán. This charming tapas restaurant, located in the heart of the island, invites you to delight yourself with an exceptional selection of typical dishes from the País Vasco, all in a traditional and cosy atmosphere. An authentic gastronomic experience that is sure to leave you pleasantly surprised.

Typical tapas dishes you must try

However, there are dishes that should not be missed when you travel to Ibiza and want to try all the typical gastronomy of the area. If you’ve already fallen in love with the beaches, these dishes will conquer your stomach. Take my advice.

Sobrassada Ibicenca

This delicious Ibicencan pork paste, seasoned with local spices, is a real delicacy not to be missed. Prepared with the following ingredients:

  • Minced pork
  • Sweet red pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Local aromatic herbs (e.g. thyme and rosemary)
  • Garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Fish croquettes

Juicy and full of flavour, fish croquettes are a classic Ibicencan dish that does not disappoint. Made with:

  • Fresh fish (such as hake or cod)
  • Milk
  • Wheat flour
  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Fresh parsley
  • Nutmeg
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Egg
  • Frying oil

Payesa salad

Fresh and healthy, the farmer’s salad is a perfect combination of local vegetables, olive oil and aromatic herbs. With ingredients such as:

  • Tomatoes
  • Green and red peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Spring onion
  • Black olives
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh oregano

Flao - Traditional Ibicencan dessert

To end your tapas experience in Ibiza, don’t forget to try the flao, a delicious traditional dessert made with fresh cheese and aromatic herbs. Ingredients for its preparation:

  • Fresh cheese (can be cottage cheese or fresh goat’s cheese)
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Wheat flour
  • Local aromatic herbs (such as peppermint or lemon verbena)
  • Lemon
  • Aniseed
  • Dough for the base (flour, butter and sugar)

Did this article make you hungry? Now you know what you can’t miss on your ‘menu’ on your next trip to Ibiza! We hope you like the island and all it has to offer!