The tours start at the iconic fisherman statue in the port of Ibiza. It’s an apt place to start an adventure through the culinary delights of the capital – the brave fisherman in wet weather gear courageously battling the seas – and luckily for participants in the tour, the biggest challenge they’ll have to face is choosing pastries. The four-to-five-hour tour visits around six different establishments and starts off with a dose of strong Spanish coffee at Peixet
– an old style, classic fisherman’s bar. There are some traditional tapas to be had here but it’s best to pace yourself for the delights to come. This area has undergone a recent transformation but look up at the uneven rows of white washed houses and you can still catch a glimpse of the bustling port it once was, filled with baskets of freshly caught fish, corsairs, pirates and chancers plying their trade along the narrow streets of La Marina.
Further into the new part of town, the Ibiza market is concealed beneath Parque de La Paz. Filled with stalls selling fresh produce, meats, fish, olives, teas, herbs and a cornucopia of delicious ingredients, it’s a delight to meander through the stalls to see what’s on offer and get a feel for true island living. The colours and smells will no doubt reignite the appetite, which is quickly sated at the charming La Bodeguilla. Cute is an understatement for this gorgeous restaurant. Decorated with old photographs of Ibiza and antique fishermen’s tools, La Bodeguilla
is a family run eatery serving traditional tapas, where diners can try tasty morsels made with love and get a dose of the real flavours of Ibiza.
Of course, a visit to anywhere in Spain is not complete until ham is involved. Moniberic
is groaning in cured hams and sausages of various kinds. Here the passionate staff expand on the importance of ham in Spanish cuisine and explain the various qualities of the different styles. Along with the cured hams are chorizos, salchichons, salamis, cheese and wines to taste. Grab one of Moniberic’s Ham Boxes of vacuumed sealed samples to take home with you, or if you find you’ve become an aficionado why not get a whole leg?
The next stop on the trail is a real treat. Ibiza Food Studio is a tiny place with a huge heart. Headed up by chef Boris Buono this enchanting apartment, once his home, is now one of the island’s more innovative restaurants. Buono was trained at Noma in his native Copenhagen and he brings a gentle humour to his high level cooking. Occasionally found in the forests foraging for wild ingredients, Boris has taken the concept of tapas and created a whole new world. Guests get to watch him up close and personal as he prepares a selection of taste sensations and talks about living, eating and cooking in Ibiza. His unique take on what it means to cook and share food will have even the fussiest foodie enamoured.