At the centre of the island, the village of Santa Gertrudis is often known as Ibiza in one village. It has the perfect mix of arts, culture, hippies and traditional fincas along with an array of shops and restaurants to relax the day away.

Santa Gertrudis has expanded rapidly but carefully over the last few years. Smart modern villas now line the new streets, the village square has had a makeover and is now a pedestrian friendly plaza and new, hip café bars and restaurants have joined traditional Ibicenco establishments as the village’s eatery scene achieved critical mass. Many artists, sculptors and musicians have settled here over the years and their works are everywhere – in galleries and most famously in the Bar Costa where penniless artists in the hippy era would swap paintings for food and now hanging art competes with hanging hams for space.

For our favourites, try the Musset Cafe for morning coffee and freshly baked bread; Bar Costa for delicious ‘jamón serrano’, Manchego cheese and crackling log fires in winter. If you’re here in the summer you must have some tomato bread and a plate of Jamón Serrano from Bar Costa, sitting outside or inside. If you’re outside, make sure you go in to take a look at those hanging hams… it really is a sight to see. Wash it down with a Vino… order some cold red wine. It will change your life.

Any time of day is just perfect for a visit to the village. With arts and crafts shops, galleries, and an eclectic mix of clothing and accessories there’s plenty of retail therapy to be had before and after morning coffee, lunch, afternoon ‘merienda’ or dinner.