San Jose village in the West of Ibiza is dramatically located at the foot of Sa Talaia, the highest mountain on the island. It has a wonderful mix of local life, tourist day visitors and supplies all you need for a relaxing villa holiday. If you want access to nightlife, good restaurants and local shops, but prefer to leave the tourist hustle and bustle behind, then San Jose is for you.
It's very much a local village; from church bells peeling each morning at 8am to the old 'guys' sitting in the cafe on the square drinking their daily brandy - you'll experience a slice of the real Ibiza and it's all within strolling distance from your beautifully comfortable villa...how perfect is that?
What does the village have to offer?
San Jose has a fishmonger, butcher, a deli/takeaway, two patisseries, bars, restaurants, a SPAR shop, a supermarket (Hipercentro), greengrocer, florist, banks, post office, newsagent, TABAC (government controlled store for cigarettes, alcohol and cigars), church with daily services, speciality shops plus a chemist, doctor and dentist (all speak English)...phew! It's also a lovely child friendly village with a children's playground a short walk from the villa (great for the little ones).
It even has an Spanish health service emergency clinic (10 minutes walk away), which can be a relief when you have children with an ear infection from swimming! Just take your European health card.
It's a small local village but so well serviced you really don't need to a car. However if you do hire one then many of the best beaches are within an easy 10-15 minute drive.
When eating out DINING OPTIONS are plentiful. We've provided a useful list to help you choose where you might like to try during your holiday;
Tapas and snack bar Can Llorenc. This little place has tables outside in the sunshine. Inside it's tiny, but atmospheric. It serves typical tapas or coffees and ensaimadas (a local pastry to eat at breaksfast). Interesting fact: it opens early, 6am, for the local men (who typically don't breakfast at home), and in the winter, hunters.
Location: to the left side of the church.
Passion Cafe. The new kid on the block in San Jose village. Great choice for vegans, veggies and healthy eaters but it's really great food for all. Produce is locally sourced and organic when possible and the coffee is specially mixed for them. They also have a bio shop at the back of the restaurant. It has a lovely sunny terrace overlooking the church square. Interesting fact: The owner is Lana Love (great name!) who is Croatian and she now has 5 Passion Cafes on Ibiza. Location: to the left of the church. Click for website
Cafe bar Can Bernat has tables in a lovely square where you can sit under the dappled shade of pine trees. It's a popular place with locals as the prices are good. Perfect for morning coffee (try one with the almond cake) when it is at its busiest. They have extended their menu recently and now include breakfasts as well as baguettes. Sangria is also to be recommended too I believe. Interesting facts: This bar has NEVER closed. It is open 365 days a year. Location: opposite the church
Next to Can Bernat you will find Bar/restaurant Raco Verd. They have a menu that runs from breakfasts through to evenings. Usually there are tapas and at the moment they are trying a Mexican cuisine. They also have live music on a couple of nights a week. click for website
Interesting fact: it is now run by a couple from London who wanted a lifestyle change,
Location: on the main road opposite the church.
Tapas bar Destinos. I can confidently tell you this is one of the best on the island. It turns many people away every evening as it is always full, so it is essential to book unless eating after 10.30 (when you just might get in!). It has a wonderful seletion of tapas, and as they come in 2 portion sizes it is great for kids. The tables are outside over looking the church and the square at Can Bernat. No website but click here for trip advisor
Interesting fact: Claude, the owner, used to be a sports cameraman for German TV, and he speaks 4 languages.
Location: opposite the church on the pedestrian walkway behind Raco Verd.
Restaurant El Sol den Sienna is a high-end German run establishment. It has a lunchtime menu as well as evening and has a selection of meat and fish dishes. It is quite expensive but popular at lunchtimes for the cheaper menu. click for website
Interesting fact: it is set in an old Ibicencan house
Location: To the right of the church.
Snack bar Can Xicu (Chicu) is a typical local place where the drinks are very cheap and plain food such as baguettes and hamburgers can be had. He often has bands play there on a Friday night in summer. Try the favourite local dish; a plate of 'patatas bravas' which is basically a plate of small roasted potatoes covered in a fiery sauce. No wonder they advertise it with the option of a bucket of ice cold beer!
Location: On the main street, just a little further down from El Sol.
Hosteria Saltaleone, a small Italian restaurant. They have tables at the front over looking the main street, inside and also on the patio at the back of the restaurant. They do mid priced meals served the Italian way (meat and one veg). It is quite popular for breakfasts and the cocktails are very nice (especially the strawberry mojito!) click here for website and here for facebook page Try the cocktails...and especially the Grapa!
Interesting fact: They bake their own bread, grow most of their produce on their farm and even make their own soya candles!
Location: On the main road, across the road from El Sol restaurant.
Italian Restaurant and cafe bar Radici. This is an all day place from breakfasts, mid morning coffee and cakes (and oh my the cakes are fab!), home made ice cream in the afternoon and casual dining in the evenings. The chefs were trained as pastry chefs, and that is their passion, as you will see. Also a good place to get your prosecco fix, as they serve it by the glass. No website as yet. click here for facebook page
Interesting fact: They made the cake for the huge FENDI (the Italian designer) celebrations last summer. It was a work of art. p.s. Everyone loves the 'swing' seats!
Location: to the right of the SPAR supermarket.
Restaurant No Te Olvides de Acordarte, (our favourite) owned and run by Uruguans this has a couple of their typical dishes on the menu (try the butter fish - delicious!) but in the main it is a good 'snacky' / casual dining sort of place to try at any time of day. They do tapas/starters and the main meals (fish, meat) can be accompanied with your choice of thin chips and what we would call thinly sliced scalloped potatoes. There is also a pasta dish of the day. They are open all day from breakfast. There is no website but click for trip advisor and here for facebook page
Interesting facts: the owner is a well known (on Ibiza) DJ. It translates as 'don't forget to remember'
Location: to the left of the SPAR supermarket, on the corner.
Spanish owned and run restaurant Es Galiner was one of the original eateries in the village. It has tables on an outside terrace raised above the side street it is on, and inside. It has dishes ranging from tapas, steaks, chicken, fish and occasionally sushi (they bring in a sushi chef). Again it is good for children and is open all day. The tapas are fab...especially the meatballs (albondigas) and the chicken curry. No website or facebook but click here for an independent review.
Interesting fact: It translates as 'the chicken house'
Location: on the side street at the side of the Town Hall (building with flags outside)
Patisserie Gourmandise is perfect for coffee and cakes, buying freshly baked bread (a good choice of different types) or homemade quiche. It is French owned and is open from early morning for breakfast to about 9 or 10 at might. It's a good place to sit in hot weather as it is totally in the shade in the afternoon. No website click for facebook
Interesting fact: inside is a small children's play area.
Location: Behind the Town Hall (building with flags), to the right of SILK decor shop.
Pizzeria Pepe is a strange mix of pocket friendly pizzas and more substantial meals of fish or meat. We have never eaten here so can't recommend it, but it is run by a young couple who are very child friendly. No facebook page or website yet.
Location: Next to Gormandise.
and finally next to Pizzeria Pepe is a brand new place selling Foccaccia. It is quite new and seems to have snacky things like salads etc on the menu. Stand by for more information.
These are the main places, but you will no doubt spot others too. All of them have someone who speaks English and have menus in English...so it is easy to try new dishes you might not be familiar with. As you can see, on a one or even two week holiday you'll be spoiled for choice!
One final mention....not a restaurant but our local home-cooked takeaway deli Sa Cuineta. It is minutes away from the villa, on the pedestrian lane to the village. They will cook you a paella to order (ask the day before), or any dish you may want and there is always a good selection of fresh food cooked every day. They usually have a 'A' blackboard in the car park so you can see what the main dishes of the day are. Pop in and take a look, they are very friendly and speak a little English.