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For the cheaper pocket head to Bar Costa in Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, which is a pretty little village, right in the centre of the island.

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

Most Sunday's there is a church procession, with locals and tourists attending the Sunday service.

Everyone is welcome.

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 while watching the world go by.

There is only really one thing on the menu here at this famous old village bar and that is jamón Ibérico de Bellota, Jamón Serrano with maybe some cheese, chorizo and wine thrown in.

The busy bar ceiling is hung heavy with all those fantastic whole Jamones (hams) and Cecina (a speciality of air-dried cured beef).

If you can find a spot in the busy summer months, dine on the bocadillos (toasted flatbread rolls, with a dash of olive oil, a gentle rub of fresh tomato and filled with Jamón Serrano (€4.50) or all kinds of wonderful Jamón Ibérico de Bellota (€8.00) maybe topped with a slice of Manchego cheese).

A cool beer (€2) shandy on draft (€2) or a glass of house red wine (€1.80) and you are then set.

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

Although looking small from the outside, the bar-restaurant is quite cavernous inside with a rustic style and great for those colder winter evenings

Grab one of the low outside wooden tables and get set for an hour or so of people-watching.

Ibicencan specialities are available, like sobrasada (soft-spreading chorizo) or mojama (salted tuna). We had 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!

The original look....


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

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