(Hjordis Fogelberg by Ibiza MyGuide in no particular order)
There are many places on the island offering the original Paella but be careful as many are just coloured rice and a handful of frozen seafood bits, claws and peas.
There is however a really great selection of paella places around that serve the real deal and all the different types of paella as well.
You can chose from the seafood paella, the meat Paella, the mixed paella, my favourite which is the blind paella (just tasty rice), the black paella which is made with squid ink and then the fideua which is a variation of the paella but using small noodles instead of rice.
Here is a selection of 10 great paella restaurants on Ibiza.
Manel “Can Salinas”. As you drive to Salinas or Es Cavallet Beach you will spot this little farmhouse near the road. Manel is the king of the Fideua (noodle paella), as the sign for this place suggests! A great pitstop before a lazy afternoon at the beach.
Reference: Ctra. de Las Salinas, Km3.7. Tel: 971.396.563
Restaurante Sa Caleta. Go right around the little roundabout as you leave the airport and follow the stunning coastal road. This restaurant is facing a little pebble beach with red cliffs, and their seafood starters, Paellas and Fideua’s are to die for. Nearby you’ll find the remains of the first Phoenician settlement on the island. Open until 1am!
Reference: Playa d’es Bol Nou, Sa Caleta. Tel: 971.187.095
Tropicana. At the far right of Cala Jondal beach you can sit under the shade of the pines and order endless jugs of Sangria along with your delicious Paella. Try the fried baby squid as a starter and maybe after lunch have a massage. There’s also a fab little boutique where it’s hard not to spend.
Reference: Cala Jondal. Tel: 971.187.520. www.tropicanaibiza.com
Es Boldadó. They specialize in seafood here and you must try the red prawns as a starter. But they are famous for their Paellas. I like the “ciega” best as it’s just rice and free of all the bits. Book in advance as it is always busy and try to get a table by the windows so you can gaze at Es Vedra. Turn right before you get down to the beach and drive a bit until you see a stone marking a dirt track on the left.
Reference: Camí de Cala d’Hort, s/n. Cala d’Hort. Tel: 626.494.537 www.restauranteboldado.net
Ca Na Vergera. This traditional Ibicencan restaurant is a bit of a classic with the islanders, it has the stunning backdrop of the sea and the islands of Es Vedrà and Es Vedranell. Owned and run by the Vergera family, it serves really good Paellas.
Reference: Cala d’Hort. Tel: 971.935.036
C’an Pujol. Sitting at the far southern end of San Antonio Bay with a lovely sea view, it is arguably the best seafood restaurant on Ibiza and mainly because if owner Lluc Torres does not find good fresh fish at the market that day he won’t open! Their Paellas are outstanding and so is their Alioli, which is a garlic sauce served with bread.
Reference: C/ des Caló, Port d’es Torrent. Tel: 971.341.407
El Chiringuito de Cala Gracioneta. Set in a magical little bay, this restaurant at the beach serves up traditional Mediterranean food including its fantastic paellas. It is a popular location for weddings as you get the whole bay to yourself, and i’ve heard that they do great watermelon cocktails!
Reference: Cala Gracioneta, San Antonio. Tel: 971.348.338 www.chiringuitoibiza.com
Benirràs 2000. This is a relaxed, unassuming restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean food, including a really good paella, which is what I always order. It’s always full of Spanish families and very reasonably priced.
Cala Benirràs Tel: 971.333.313
Restaurante Pou des Lleó. This is one of my summer Sunday favourites in the northeast of the island. They serve incredible paellas and “bullit” fish stews. Great value for money too.
Reference: Pou des Lleó. Tel: 971.335.274
Restaurante Cala Martina. A favourite of mine and of many residents because they serve good food at affordable prices. They do a great paella here. It’s best at the beginning or end of the summer though, when the beach is less packed.
Reference: Playa Cala Martina, Es Canar. Tel: 971.338.745