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Best Beach Lunches: Picnics, easy ideas for DIY lunches

There are few things more delightful than a picnic by the sea. Ibiza’s glorious white beaches and blue water are a perfect backdrop on which to spread out a cloth, unpack the cool box, and enjoy a meal with family and friends. With a little planning and a trip to the store you can have a delicious lunch that suits everyone’s taste, all for a fraction of the price of splashing out at a beach bar. These are our top tips for the perfect picnic.

Get the gear

If you’re a big group, splash out on a cool box; if it’s just a few of you a cool bag from the supermarket will be fine. Add to that some essentials: paper plates and cups, forks, kitchen roll, and a spare carrier bag to use for rubbish.

Keeping cool

You can buy special ice packs but we find it easier to just buy a bag of ice and pop it in the cool box or bag. Use it for drinks, or to keep cool, and you’ll have less to carry on the trip home!

What to eat

Think convenience, flexibility and flavour. Part of the joy of picnics is having things just the way you like them, meaning it’s good to have options and let people make their own sandwiches. Here’s a partial list of savoury staples:

  • Fresh baguettes or bread rolls
  • Assorted sliced deli meats
  • Assorted sliced cheese
  • Mayonnaise & mustard
  • Ready-made tortilla
  • Gazpacho
  • Olives
  • Potato crisps
  • Tortilla chips & salsa
  • Nuts
  • Fruit, choose items that are easy to wash and carry like oranges, pears, figs or bananas. Y

What to drink

Staying hydrated is very important during the summer heat. The most important thing to take is plenty of water, especially if you have young children, as they lose water quickly. You’ll also want some things that taste nice!

For adults, there is nothing nicer than a cold beer or shandy on the beach. We recommend taking some ice cold cans of your favourite beer and some lemon Fanta to make shandies instead of buying the pre-mixed “shandy beers” — they never taste as good.

Wine can be nice, but sometimes too strong for the heat of the day. Take a young Rioja or Garnacha (with no more than 13% alcohol) and mix with lemonade to make tinto de verano. A light white wine like Blanc de Pescador is also refreshing.

Kids will want something special too. Skip the soda and give them pure fruit juice diluted with some sparkling water. This gives them something sweet and fizzy without any of the strange chemicals found in soda. Or bring a pre-blended smoothie with fresh fruit, ice and milk. If you part-freeze it beforehand it can double as ice for the fresh food!

Sweets

Of course, no meal is complete without dessert! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Cookies (biscuits, if you’re British)
  • Dried fruit like dates and raisins
  • Loaf cake

What are your picnic favourites? Share in the comments or Tweet us @IBIZAEYES

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