Laid back and boho chic
South of Ibiza, lies its more laid back and boho chic sister, Formentera. The smallest Balearic Isle, surrounded in some of the most emerald blue waters you’ll ever see in the Mediterranean, it’s a place for those who love laid back living. At only 20km long, it’s small enough to explore by bike, or dune buggy, and from Es Mirador, you can see the entire island and across to Ibiza. Cycle to one or all of the lighthouses, for their spectacular vantage points and surrounding scenery – La Mola has both sunrise and sunset views. And don’t miss the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ses Salines – stunning salt flats of multicoloured sands. You come here for the beaches. Long stretches of powdery, soft white sand encircle the island, with beach bars on some, and others more secluded, you might find one to yourself. Playa Illetes on the northern peninsula is regarded by many to be the best beach in Europe, where you could be mistaken for being in the Carribean. And on the gentle coastal curve in the south, Playa Migjorn is one of the longest, lapped by turquoise water and fringed with palms. There’s also no shortage of beach restaurants and bars, from simple shacks to clubs for watching the sunset with a DJ. There’s a strong Italian influence on Formentera, making the cuisine a mouthwatering mix of Mediterranean flavours – you can happily eat your way round the island. Then work it off with some retail therapy in one of the island’s markets, from the seafront stalls in La Savina, to the twice weekly emporium that is El Pilar de la Mola. Nothing is rushed on Formentera, so from the moment you set foot here, to the moment you leave, be prepared to take everything at a supremely relaxed pace.
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Getting away from it all – the smallest and quite possibly, the most beautiful of the Balearics, Formentera’s subtle and laid back vibe will instantly seduce you.
Climate – the weather forecast will usually read “hot and sunny”. The sun shines on Formentera for over 300 days a year.
Beaches – without doubt, Formentera is fringed by some of Europe’s finest beaches. Long, long stretches of white, soft sand, against a backdrop of dunes, pines and olive groves. The water is the clearest and bluest imaginable – you could almost be forgiven for thinking you’re in the Indian Ocean.
Explore – being only 20km long, and at its narrowest, just 2km wide, with very little gradient, it’s the perfect island to explore by bicycle or moped. Head to the lighthouse at Cap de Barbaria and enjoy the rugged beauty at Punta de sa Pedrera. Beach hop or stop off in one of the tiny villages for a cool drink and some tapas.
Food – deliciously fresh, straight from the sea. The food scene on the island, is as you’d expect – informal and relaxed. You’ll find chiringuitos and beach shacks dotted all around the island, and there’s a strong Italian influence in many of the restaurants.
Markets – each day in Sant Francesc is market day selling all manner of trinkets, whilst the artisan market just outside El Pilar de la Modar, you’ll find art and jewellery that you’ll want to find space for in your luggage.
Activities – sailing, diving, snorkelling, kayaking and paddleboarding – the waters around Formentera are made for it all. Or just go for a refreshing swim.