"a wide selection of traditional Ibicenco products"
Amongst the market stalls, locals in traditional Ibicenco dress ply their trade in the ancient crafts of the island. Weavers make espadrilles, sombreros and Ibiza’s famous reed baskets with leather handles; women spin yarn and make intricate lace trims while drum makers stretch goatskins over delicately carved wooden cylinders. There’s an abundance of medieval victuals to nourish the hungry. Be sure to stop in front of the Convent of Ses Monges to try a selection of traditional Ibicenco produce such as chorizo, butifarra, morcilla and sobrasada cured sausages. There’s platters of coques de pebrera – a rectangle of pastry topped with red peppers and tomatoes – along with traditional cakes like flao and orelletes biscuits. There’s dish upon dish of candied fruits, toffee apples, olives, cheeses and breads.
Slightly further up at the cannon-flanked Santa Lucia bulwark is a collection of stalls serving up the taste of the middle ages. Enormous grills support lamb legs and whole chickens sizzling over hot coals. Roast pork with crackling, ribs doused in sticky marinade, dozens of different sausages and gigantic pans of paella send a fragrant perfume across the whole area. Naturally, one must channel their inner Tyrion Lannister and gulp it all down with goblets of wine and tankards of beer. There’s fresh juices and lemonade for the non-drinkers and plenty of non-meaty tastiness for the vegetarians and vegans.