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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 square by the village church you will find Bar Costa, where you can sit outside in the shade, enjoying lunch and a few drinks watching the world go by.

There is only really one thing on the menu at this famous old village bar and that is jamón, jamón and jamón with maybe some cheese, choritzo and wine thrown in.

The busy bar ceiling is hung heavy with those fantastic whole Jamones (hams) and Cecina (cured beef).

If you can find a spot in the busy summer months, dine on the bocadillos (toasted flat bread rolls, with a dash of olive oil, a gentle rub of fresh tomato and filled with Jamon Serrano (€3.50) or all kinds of wonderful Jamon Iberico de balotta (€7.00) maybe topped with a slice of Manchego cheese).

A cool beer (€1.80) shandy on draft (€1.80) or a glass of house red wine (€1.70) and you are then set.

There are many paintings, sculptures and artifacts covering the inside walls, which at one time were paid in lieu of food and drink by local struggling artists and as you can see, most never reclaimed them!

Looking small from the outside it's quite cavernous inside with a rustic style and great for those colder winter evenings

If you can, grab one of the low outside wooden tables and get set for an hour or so of people watching.

There are also local Ibicencan specialities available like Sobrasada (soft spreading chorizo) and Mojama (salted tuna).

Quick and friendly service for local food at local prices , you can get away with 10€ pp.

Open all year except March and Tuesdays.

Before the village was pedestrianised in 2007

A snowy Santa Gertrudis in 1962!


Plaza de la Iglesia, Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, ibiza.

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