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Sublime Ibiza beach restaurants to head to in winter

Winter is joyful, especially when you are eating next to the beach, watching the waves lap the shore.

It may be winter but that doesn't mean you have to give up your need for food next to the beach. After the clocks go back, the emphasis turns to lunchtimes and, with abundant sunshine, it's almost a crime not to make the most it - especially with it still setting relatively early. Here is our selection of some great lunch options to enjoy right now. See our restaurant guide for more places open during the winter.


Cala Bonita

Playa S'Estanyol

Appropriately named after one of the prettiest bays in Ibiza, Cala Bonita restaurant is equally pleasing on the eye as the stomach. Open at weekends throughout the winter, offering both traditional and contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, including charcoal grilled meat and seafood, Cala Bonita is a perfect location to enjoy the sunshine glittering on the water.

Tip. S'Estanyol is a good drive so call ahead to avoid disappointment.


The Boat House

Cala San Vincente

A little gem on the beautiful golden sand of Cala San Vincente, The Boat House has a quirky marine themed interior décor and a large outside terrace opening onto the beach. Open until 6th January, with a hearty winter menu offering such warming treats as lamb stew and wild boar lasagna, this cute restaurant with great views is worth making the journey out to this quiet corner of the island for.

Tip. The sun goes down early at Cala San Vincente, so get there early to make the most of the sunshine as long as possible.


La Escollera

Es Cavellet beach

La Escollera sits at the top of Es Cavallet and oozes class plus getting there via the salt plains is a delight. Take a seat on the one of the palm-shaded terraces and take a moment to enjoy the view, stretching out to Formentera. The menu is a blackboard, presented to you with gorgeous items like shoulder of lamb or fresh fish baked in salt. Be sure to leave room for one of the “to die for” desserts, the tarte tatin is sensational. Spread out on the soft seat cushions and soak in the DJs Balearic beats for a total chill-out vibe.

Tip: If the weather is not kind, the restaurant is equally inviting inside and with the full length glass windows you won't miss out on the views. There is even an open fire to warm you up.


Hostal La Torre

Cap Negret, an Antonio

Not strictly a beach restaurant, though Hostal La Torre does have one of the most spectacular views of San Antonio Bay around. Perched on the rocks, there's space for dining inside and out. Inventive food is the order of the day and the menu del dia for €25 per person includes three generous sized portions. There's a tapas menu for a lighter bite menu and it's served all day from 13:00. Sitting here in peace and tranquillity, staring out to sea is probably one of the best ways to while away time that we know of.

Tip: Get up early and go and breakfast there for a fabulous way to start your winter Ibiza day.


Bali Beach

Playa d'en Bossa

Beachside idyll Bali Beach has some of the most wonderful views of Playa d'en Bossa beach with an atmosphere to match. The place is open from midday till early evening from Tuesday to Sunday and offers an excellent value two-course, fixed-price menu, including coffee, for just €16. All the food is homemade, with a range of new generation tapas, presenting flavours from around the world. Open late on Fridays and Saturdays with live music. Oh yes!

Tip. Every Saturday you can taste a range of tapas from all over the world to the sounds of live music and a flamenco show. There's even a kids' area and a small market.


JoCkey Club

Salinas

Jockey Club has been serving up winter fun and food for the whole family (including the dog!) for decades. Open at weekends and public holidays, there are few better places to enjoy fresh seafood and innovative dishes, while overlooking the soft sand of Salinas beach. There is always a great atmosphere at this popular beach club, so head down there with a few friends and enjoy!

Tip. Work up an appetite with a stroll along the beach to the Ses Portes watchtower before trying out the chef's seasonal selections.


Restaurante Sa Caleta

Sa Caleta beach

Sa Caleta restaurant is a former fishermen's shelter that today is a cosy family-run restaurant, with views overlooking the beach and the red stone cliffs. You can choose from typical Ibizan and Spanish cuisine on offer, like monkfish with seafood sauce, different types of paella or the delicious bullit de peix fish stew. A must try is the their café "Sa Caleta", coffee flavoured with a heady mix of alcohol, fruit and spices set alight at your table in a distinctive clay bowl.

Tip: Take a stroll to the seventh century BCE settlement, established by the Phoenicians, the people that gave the island its name and try to imagine how life was in this proto Ibiza.


Yemanja

Cala Jondal

Just around the coast at Cala Jondal you will find Yemanja serving up tasty dishes every day of the year. This beach takes on a different vibe in winter: forget the rich and famous of summer and tune into a more relaxed and rustic atmosphere. Park easily and make your way through the bar to be met by the inviting tables set right on the sand surrounded by the pine-clad hills. Winter is a great time to appreciate the crystal-clear waters and the slower pace of this beautiful beach.

Tip: Start with a selection of breads and homemade alioli (a garlic mayonnaise-like sauce) before sampling one of their incredible and raved about paellas with seafood and shellfish.


Additional words | Anne McPherson, Tim Dackombe

Article completely revised in November 2019

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