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Insider A - Z of Ibiza - J is for Jesus

Village perfection

Although Ibiza's big towns are the ones most visitors are familiar with, the island also has a wonderful smattering of adorably charming villages which are home to micro-communities and bijou social scenes. Jesus is located in the suburbs of Ibiza Town, a mere 5 minutes away from the mighty Pacha, and you may be surprised to hear that it has some fab qualities that will make you want to hang out there.

I've put together a few highlights of this vibrant township, but if you wander down the main street yourself, you'll see that there are many delightful cafes, shops and bars which create a buzzing atmosphere and a welcoming hub.

Bon Lloc

An Ibiza institution and certainly one of the oldest restaurants on the island, Bon Lloc sits proudly on the main junction of Jesus opposite the church. With a comfortable wrap-around terrace, and a relaxed and informal feel, this infamous eatery is a place where locals flock all year round. The food is unpretentious and very Spanish indeed - tasty plates of tapas to nibble on whilst enjoying an ice cold beer or two. A refreshing change from the glitz and the glamour of some of Ibiza's more expensive dining experiences. During the summer, clubbers returning to the north of the island congregate here for the simple breakfasts before calling it a night.

Insider Info - Bon Lloc are well-known island wide for their spit roasted chicken. Lip-smackingly tasty and ridiculously good value for money, use your fingers and expect to get messy!


Within 2 minutes of Jesus, lies a beautiful, secluded pebble beach, S'Estanyol. A narrow arc of a cove with shady pine trees and crystal clear water. By being off the tourist trail, this beach never feels overcrowded, even at the height of the summer season. With a wooden walkway that takes you right into the sea, surrounded by rocky outcrops, this hidden gem is well worth a visit and you will immediately realise you've struck Ibiza gold.

Insider Info - The beach bar here at S'Estanyol has played host to some legendary secret parties for the likes of Cocoon and Nightmares on Wax. The locals soon get wind of these events and you will find all the island's movers and shakers at these very special one-off parties.

El Deseo

Pretty new on the map is the Mexican restaurant El Deseo. With a mouth watering menu and a mescal list to match, this little jewel has fast become a favourite of the people of Jesus and beyond. Although the nachos, ceviche, tacos and fajitas are super delicious and excellent value for money, the burger here is definitely worth a try. And all at respectably affordable prices.

Insider Info - The Mexican breakfasts are to die for! Molletes (an open breakfast baguette with refried beans, cheese and pico de gallo), Chilaquiles (tortilla chips smothered in salsa, cream and melted cheese) and Huevos Rancheros (eggs scrambled with chorizo) are accompanied by an extensive juice and smoothie menu and a fantastic way to kick start your day. Add to that the fact that the patio gets the sun in the morning, and you've got yourself a winner. ARIBA!

Fiesta De Jesus

On the 8th of September, the church in Jesus holds the annual Patron Saint of Jesus Fiesta. The beautiful Church of Nostra Mare De Jesus comes alive with a full day of festivities starting with mass, and following with a parade with cornets and drums in the church square, offerings of fruits to the Virgin of Jesus, live music and a street party. This special day is steeped in tradition and also gives you the chance to see the famous altarpiece which has 25 painted panels that date back to the 1500s.

Insider Info -The firework display is pretty impressive and can be seen for miles around. All day family fun in this stunning little village.

Carneceria JR

The local butchers is definitely worth a mention. Having been servicing the meaty needs of Jesus for over 50 years, these fellas know their sausages. Serving as a delicatessen also, the cuts of meat are the finest around and the butchers are trained to the highest standard.

Insider Info - There is no other place to go for your fleshy grub should you be hosting a BBQ, cooking Sunday dinner or just after some lovely jamon to take as a picnic to the beach. Their organic eggs, foie and champagne selections are so good too, that it is the go to spot for celebrity chefs, hoteliers and your average kitchen connoisseur alike.

So hopefully, there are a few reasons here to spur you out of town and into the suburbs. The cute architecture and the strong sense of community make Jesus a firm local favourite.

Next week, K is for Kids. What to do around the island if you are entertaining munchkins...

Insider's A - Z of Ibiza

WORDS | Leena Sharma

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