19 Feb 2020


If you fancy something big and meaty in the evening, (sorry vegetarians but this is probably not for you!) drive up restaurant road, officially known as Carretera San Joan de Labritja, (it‘s the second to last restaurant on the left, on the stretch of road going to the village of San Joan de Labritja from Eivissa (Ibiza Town). If you count down the kilometre roadside posts, it is at 15.4km.

Here,  you will find Camí de Balàfia, which is set back off the main road opposite Ca Na Pepeta, which is also good.

This restaurant represents the real Ibicencan (even hippy) spirit of Ibiza. You eat...

13 Aug 2019

Casa Julian

This place is a un-remarkable, easy to miss little restaurant, in little known Tolosa, 28 km inland from San Sebastián. 

Once you find it and walk in you will think you are in the wrong place, You will see an area containing several fridges and a load of crates and are likely to turn around and walk out again until you are greeted warmly and seated in the old fashioned dining room that doesn't look like it's changed much in a century.

The steaks are cooked to order here, in front of every diner.

Topped with a extremely large dose of coarse salt, which is then scraped off before serving (the steaks are n...

26 Jun 2019

ASADOR ETXEBARRI           1 Michelin Star

Not the easiest place to find, this beautiful, rustic, restored stone house, is a couple of km out of town. It has a bar at the entrance on the ground floor and a couple of stunning dining rooms on the first floor.

All the high quality produce is cooked on various charcoal grills by the renowned chef Victor Arguinzoniz who well deserves his one Michelin star. There is no molecular stuff here, just fresh quality food with their unique flavours enhanced from the smoke and grill.  

Currently rated as number 3 in the Best fifty res...

23 Jan 2019


Top picture by London photographer Raquel Winn

You can view and buy some of Raquel's photos here at Saatchi Art    www.saatchiart.com/raquelwinn

For the cheaper pocket head to Bar Costa in Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera a village in the centre of the island.

There are around 16 restaurants set around the village church in this lovely spot with a vibrant hippy feel where it's a great place to while a few hours away in the interesting little shops and nooks and crannies.

On a Sunday there is likely to be a church procession.

And locals and tourists attending the Sunday service.

Just off the main squ...

10 Jul 2018


This place is located in the small village of El Pilar de la Mola, almost opposite the hippie market (which is open on Wednesday and Sundays) and is run by an Italian (like many other places on the island). 

 They serve food all day.

Bar Can Toni is actually the heart and soul of Formentera. This is where the locals go to eat, drink, chat, play and watch great live flamenco music and dance.

The place is really friendly and ideal for a drink and to eat a few tapas. The tapas are not spectacular but it's not really the food you come here for. An example...

2 Oct 2017


The drive to this restaurant will take you through Almeria’s desert interior, which is the only official desert in Europe.

Upon entering the pretty village of Vélez Blanco you could first head to the stunning Renaissance castle, which towers over the village. Built in the early 16th century, it is worth the visit, both for the castle itself and for the fantastic views overlooking the village and beyond.

The castle closes at 2pm, which is perfect, as this is when lunch begins here.

Head for this very good traditional restaurant in the village.

This is down below the castle, off the main road into the villa...

2 Aug 2017

This is the scene in Sant Ferrán de ses Roques (San Fernando) one of four villages on this island.

The hippie market plays out along the walkway with artists selling crafts. At one end you have the legendary Fonda Pepe, which is were we usually end up 

Fonda Pepe
Calle Mayor 55, Sant Ferrán de ses Roques, 07871 Formentera
+34 971 328 033

This is the heart and soul of the island. There is usually music just yards away most nights and a market of artisans some of whom we know well and were at the Fonda where I first discovered it back in 1973.

This is where the hippies, including me, hung out in the early seventies and no...

6 Oct 2016

EL CORRAL DEL INDIANU          1 Michelin Star

The entrance to this excellent restaurant is on the very unassuming main street of the small town of Arriondas which is 12 km inland from the coastal town of Ribadesella. You walk in to find a contemporary, rustic style dining room and a glass-fronted conservatory situated at the back.

Chef José Campoviejo serves a innovative tasting menu inspired by traditional Asturian cuisine (like Cabrales cheese, anchovies and fabada (Asturian bean stew) as well as a concise á la carte.

A friendly priced tasting menu (€77) would be something like this:

Tortu co...

17 Aug 2016


Arrive in the small inland village of Sant Rafel de sa Creu and you will come across Restaurante Asador Ca'n Pilot. A great place for traditional Spanish food since 1989 in a rustic setting.

This is the place for traditional grilled meats, but to begin with there is a fine list of starters including

alioli, aceitunas y pan (Alioli, olives and bread)

Jamón Ibérico de Bellota

Tabla de Ibéricos

Foie de Pato Natural

Pimientos de Padrón

Also look for specials like

Frita de polp (fried octopus with potatoes and peppers)

or superb Anchoas del Cantábrico (Cantabrian anchovies with tomato and toast)

But this place is...

6 Jul 2016


When you arrive in the lovely little village of Sant Agusti des Vedrá, opposite the delightfull village church you will see excellent traditional restaurante Restaurante Can Berri Vell.

This was once a 17th Century home and is now a lovely, romantic, candle lit spot with a terrace overrun with greenery.

The restaurant has been here now for 30 years and once inside you are in a true rural Ibicencan home. There are different rooms, small & large with little hidden nooks and crannies decorated with historical authentic local artifacts.

There is also a beautiful balcony for six to eight people, which gives ou...

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