Plazuela Jose Antonio, 0, Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, 07814
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Art, People watching
Expert review of Bar Costa
Bar Costa is my favourite place to stop for a snack and a coffee in Santa Gertrudis, as much for the eclectic ambience and people watching as for the truly superb coffee and mouth-watering jamon Serrano you’ll spy hanging by the hundred above the bar. Don’t be fooled by the small bar – walk through the back, past the huge fireplace and you’ll find an enormous restaurant that could double as an art gallery, chock-full of paintings by local artists from years gone by. Rumour has it they were exchanged for dinners!
Typically Spanish, you can choose from tapas style bites, sandwiches or large main meals, with a Mediterranean influence.
Jamon, jamon, jamon. It would be a crime to come here and not sample the famous dry, cured meat, whether on its own or in a bocadillo (sandwich made in a yummy crusty bread roll). Equally as delicious (and a great complementary dish) are the platters of local Manchego cheese. Did I mention the coffee is delicious?
Out on the pavement, it’s a chilled out but very social affair – locals stopping by to chat and gossip. Meanwhile, step inside for a totally different vibe – very rustic, it feels like what I imagine the authentic Ibiza of over 60 years ago to be like… eccentric, artsy and lots of rowdy fun.
The service here is super speedy, but you’re advised to have your Spanish up to scratch. Remember those three little words - jamon, jamon, jamon - and you’ll be just fine.
In the paved church square of the bustling village of Santa Gertrudis, Bar Costa’s outdoor area is bathed in glorious sunlight and the perfect spot for people watching. And you can bar hop by night too!
Cheap and cheerful, a plate of ham will set you back 7 euros, and a coffee just 1.50. Main meals start at around 10 euros.
Vegetarians, take heed: sitting at the bar is probably not for you! By the fireplace is best on a cold winter day, and in summer, I love the terrace though you can’t reserve it.
More information on Bar Costa:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Café, Restaurant
- Mediterranean, Spanish
- Plazuela Jose Antonio, 0, Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, 07814
- 971 197 021
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- 8am-2am. Closed Tue and Sun.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary