24 Apr 2020

After meeting Jonathon Lipsin and Bernadette Mundy on Facebook through our joint love of Ibiza, Formentera and music, I invited them over to Ibiza for a days tour of the Island for food, fun and frolics each year.

This was to be our second trip and we met at our usual meeting place outside the Café Mar y Sol in Ibiza Town after their short sea trip from Formenter, we were joined this time by my friends from London, Danny and Pankaj.

Once settled in our hire car I gave them a CD I had made of their favourite music (this had become a regular tradition) and we set off for our tour. Leaving the busy Eivissa (Ibiza town) w...

23 Apr 2020

I took a pill in Ibiza and it was an antacid by Jonathon Lipsin

If you click on the people or places highlighted in BLUE it will take you to a link for further info. 

It was a perfect day really.

Bernadette and I drove to the ferry and boarded an 8am boat to Ibiza. We landed at the old familiar dock and made our way down the street to Mar y Sol Cafe. This has been the spot to grab a good coffee and breakfast and watch people and meet people since the twenties when it first opened. "Meet you at Mar y Sol" is the standard reply for a discreet or otherwise rendezvous.

It was also the favoured place for the Nazis and t...

23 Apr 2020

After meeting Jonathon Lipsin and Bernadette Mundy on Facebook through our joint love of Ibiza, Formentera and music, I invited them over to Ibiza for a days tour of the Island for, food, fun and frolics!

We arranged to meet outside the famous

Mar y Sol
Carrer Lluís Tur i Palau, 22, 07800 Eivissa

In Ibiza Town.  This was traditionaly the first port of call when disembarking your boat or ship in Ibiza town.

After their short sea trip from Formentera, we were joined by my friend Frank. Once settled in our hire car, I gave them a CD I had made of their favourite music (this was to become a regular tradition) we then s...

29 Jul 2018

KIOSKO LA FRANJA

Jonathon Lipsin writes - This is my favourite side of the Island for swimming, situated on platja de Migjorn and where I used to live behind the Piratabus. I enjoying visiting this little chiringuito, La Franja after my swim.

A chiringuito is basically a wooden shack on the beach selling basic sandwiches, tapas, cold beers and wine

The people are friendly and the service is quick, unlike the more popular chiringuitos, like Bartolo's and Piriatabus at he other end of platja de Migjorn I can usually grab a table when I want.

Here the mother makes tortilla & cheese omelette like she's been doing for s...

28 Jul 2018

RESTAURANT CAN RAFALET

I can't believe I ate the Whole Thing! by Jonathon Lipsin

Tonight, for my birthday dinner it was mixed paella finished off with a hierbas liquor from the Balearic Islands served "on la casa" by the friendly restaurant staff.

The place I chose for this orgy was Can Rafalet in Es Calo de Sant Agustí which boasts the prettiest views on the island.

Here the sea is at it's turquoise best and I like the paella here. Where as other places serve rice with "some things in it" this place serves a paella worth it's salt, studded with meat and seafood.

As soon as you sit down you get a delicious aioli loaded w...

10 Jul 2018

BAR CAN TONI  -  THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE REAL FORMENTERA

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...

S'ABEURADA DE CAN SIMONET

Revisiting one of my favourite restaurants on the Island

18th August 2017

Early coffee at the 17th Century plaza opposite the village church here in Sant Francesc Xavier (San Francisco Javier)

Then some shopping for souvenirs, a cup and a shirt

and then lunch at my favourite place on the island Can Simonet

For sangria

Gazpacho

Melt in your mouth gnocchi with salmon in a cream sauce

Duck

and then a salad with cheese, grapes, peppers and  tomatoes

Followed by chocolate cake and coffee and watermelon…………..

A previous visit in 2016

 If you want to know anything about the island you go ask Marina. She is th...

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...

21 Jun 2017

LA FRAGATA

I walked into La Fragata (which was founded by Mari y Juan in 1979), the restaurant just down the beach from me and the waiters immediately grabbed my hand and hailed me because they remembered me from last year.

The owner came out and declared "Jon Listen " the man from California ......... It was close enough and I felt like frigging Ernest Hemingway………

I have been craving fish, especially the dorada (gilthead sea bream) and fish is what they have.

 Certain fish are priced by the kg so be careful when you order.

 Here is a menu/price list

The place wasn't open for another hour and I said no problem I am going...

17 Jun 2017

This is the place to go for a Sunday lunch with friends and family. It is an rustic, unpretentious beach side bar and restaurant built in the true soul of Formentera. Good food in a pretty location right on the beach and filled with almost only local people and a chilled easy ambience. 

They serve very good fish, octopus etc but, it is the paella on Sunday everyone goes for, served with an insane quantity of seafood!

Turn off at the Tortuga restaurant (which is at Carretera La Mola, Km 6.5) and head towards the coast of Platja Migjorn, where you will find yourself on a dirt road overlooking fields of wheat once brough...

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