Juan Boned, a fisherman from Formentera, fell in love with Andrea, a woman from Soria, while he was sailing.
They were blissfully happy and they accepted a job which threw them together all day long without any other human company: for 14 years they were the custodians of the uninhabited island of s’Espalmador. In 1972 they decided that they could combine this job with running a small “chiringuito” or beach bar on Illetes beach. At that time it could only be reached by sea and was frequented by those who had sailed by boat from Ibiza.
Juan would go off fishing and Andrea would serve up the delicious things he brought home, in idyllic surroundings. Over time a small road was built so that the bar could be reached by land and the place became fashionable. The business continued to grow, and now the restaurant is run by the couple’s three sons -Juanjo, Andres and Jorge.
Cliches are often cliches for a reason…….and that’s because they are beautiful, amazing, wonderful things to do….. a visit to this restaurant is one of them…….. I was invited to join these clients on their annual pilgrimage to Juan y Andrea……the best way to travel is to charter a boat from Ibiza for the trip across to Formentera and moor up at Playa des Illetes for lunch at the famous Juan y Andrea restaurant. Sit with your feet in the sand and enjoy a long lazy lunch of delicious fresh seafood with a chilled glass of wine.