Ibiza is famous. For young and old alike, the magic of Ibiza is something you will never forget. Yet many have not heard of the more beautiful and tranquil neighbour Formentera.
Of all the Balearic Islands, it is the smallest and most peaceful of all. So when the Ibiza hustle and bustle becomes too much it is the perfect place to escape to and here is why.
Imagine the Caribbean but without the price tag
Crystal clear blue waters. Glorious sunshine. Sparkling white sand. A beach lined with palm trees. Pure paradise.
And yet all this is to be found simply by hopping on one of the Aquabus Ferry Boats from Ibiza. Whether you go for a day or a little longer, you will feel transported to another world.
There are plenty of small secluded beaches to choose from with warm shallow waters for bathing. Take for example Playa Tramuntana, hidden away on the south-east side of the island and divided into secluded bays by large rocks. There are very few amenities here, it really is secluded so be sure to take food and drink with you.
If you want something with a little more amenities close by, then there among the many larger beaches is Playa Illetes. You will immediately see why this beach was votes the best in Europe and ranked number 6 in the world. You will be able to swim or walk through to some of the little illetes – or ‘islets’ and there are some fabulous beach restaurants all close by.
It is also a gastronomic lovers paradise
It should be no surprise that an island like this serves the most amazing fresh mediterranean food. Think the freshest seafood, cheeses, figs, honey and much more. The vibe is very much understated luxury with a modern traditional twist. Even the little chiringuitos – beach bars – with their rustic charm also have a touch of elegance to them, not to mention fantastic views.
Just remember to book your table well in advance for the more popular locations, especially during high season.
You can also visit smaller quieter locations. The small fishing village of Es Caló is well worth a visit, not only for its beautiful small beaches, and lovely little pier surrounded by fishermen’s huts, but also for it’s lovely restaurants serving wonderful food, such as Can Rafalet.
Alternatively, take a visit to La Tanga beach restaurant, not so coincidentally located at Playa Tanga for over 40 years, for tasty paellas and fresh fish dishes.
A chance to slow down the pace
In this busy world, there is nothing better than taking a little time out, and Formentera is the ideal place to do it. The atmosphere is calming and relaxing, and visitors always describe feeling completely restored. Not only are there the magical beaches, there are some awe inspiring walks and cycling routes, with maps easily available from the tourist offices, so you can leisurely explore at your own pace. Whether is a short stroll along the coastline or a long hike from Sant Francesc to Cap de Barbária, there are around 100 km of sign posted routes.
When the day is finally done, you can wind down with a cool drink and watch the glorious sunsets that rival any that Ibiza has to offer. It can be viewed from several locations around the main port of La Savina, often accompanied by gentle chill out music.
Drift away into the night
Once the heat of the day is done, and the cool night arrives, the villages of Formentera take on a magical quality with sparkling lights and a gentle but lively buzz. Villages like Sant Ferran open their night market filled with art and jewellery and other curiosities. Open air bars and restaurants are scattered around for a chance to sit and chat with your friends and loved ones.
The open squares often have live music or local festival celebrations ranging from jazz, blues and swing through to traditional activities and music. For those with energy to burn, you can dance the night away in the nightclubs or Es Pujols.
Or simply retire to the place you are staying for the night and drift off to sleep with the quiet lapping of waves.