Food, glorious food! Whilst many people when they think of Ibiza instantly imagine sandy beaches endless sunshine and decadent nightlife, the White Isle is also home to a vibrant and diverse culinary scene. With a delectable selection of dining destinations across the island, foodies will be in seventh heaven when visiting Ibiza.
So, for the last three years, during the quieter months of February to April, the town of Santa Eulalia has created an ingenious way to celebrate its wealth of fine restaurants with a weekly event known as GastroJueves. ´Jueves´ is the Spanish word for Thursday, and so each Thursday from 11th February to 28 April, many divine local restaurants offers diners 50% off their food bill (drinks not included), allowing those on a tighter budget to enjoy all that the town has to offer.
This year, over 16 restaurants are taking part in the weekly food fest, and with the council joining in to offer two hours of free parking in the municipal car park between 20.00-00.00, there has never been a better time to enjoy a night out at your favourite eaterie.
The only problem you´ll have is which restaurant to choose from. There is a wide selection, incorporating cuisines from all over the globe so we are sure that there will be something to suit everyone´s palate.
Unsurprisingly, many of the participating locations can be found on the famous ´Restaurant Street´ in the very hear t of the town. Here, sushi lovers can feast on some of the best California rolls to be found, at Okinawa, and if you prefer a more traditional style, then head to Rincon de Pepe, which is renowned for serving the tastiest tapas in town. Also on restaurant street is Panda Chino, offering a taste of the Orient, and of course Royalty, the iconic bar on the corner of the main square which is an excellent place to people watch, their burgers are also pretty spectacular!
If you are a curry enthusiast then head to Royal India on Calle del Mar, and for a traditional Mediterranean menu with a modern twist, you could do much worse than El Naranjo, a pretty terraced restaurant set behind the restaurant street itself. Slightly further afield in the sleepy neighbouring village of San Carlos the restaurant Peralta serves legendary mouth watering steaks and fantastic pizzas.
Health enthusiasts will delight in the organic offerings at Happy Carrot, just behind the main square of Santa Eulalia, and if you are craving a crepe, then head to the nearby La Vie en Rose Creperie which can be found right next to the Post Office, and serves the most delectable selection of crepes as well as other light dishes and fresh juices.
If you are a film fanatic then you can tie in your dinner deal with a trip to the cinema, simply by saving your meal receipt and then presenting ait at the beautifully resorted theatre Teatro Espana which now serves as the town´s cinema. Here you will receive 50% of your entrance fee, now that’s what we call a good deal!
So, whatever floats your boat foodwise you are sure to find something to fulfil your appetite in Santa Eulalia this winter.