When we think of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Ibiza and Mallorca come immediately to mind. Yet it’s time the spotlight shone on Formentera; a little slice of off-the-beaten track heaven and only a mere 20 minutes from Ibiza. Here are our reasons why you should add Formentera to your travel wish list now.
The saying goes that Formentera is the last Mediterranean paradise; visit and you’ll know what the locals mean. The same stunning beaches and crystal clear seas that neighbouring Ibiza offers, yet the islanders have fought hard to ensure environmental conservation. The island boasts over 20 kilometres of pristine beaches; if we had to choose a favourite it would be Illetes with a selection of charming, rustic beachside restaurants.
For decades, it has been artists and artisans who have appreciated the charms of Formentera and have contributed to the relaxed, bohemian vibe which the island is renowned for. They have also created a strong art and design heritage which can be explored in the islands shops and at daily hippy markets in Sant Francesc, the unofficial capital, or the bi-weekly Artisans’ Market at El Pilar de la Mola.
Escape the Crowds
There’s no airport in Formentera; the only way to reach the island is by boat. Preferably your own yacht; if not there is a regular ferry service from Ibiza. This inaccessibility means that, even in the height of summer, the island offers sweet respite from the crowds of tourists which invade the larger islands in the Balearic chain.
As can be expected, Formentera’s location means seafood features regularly on the menu and there’s nothing quite like feasting on the freshly caught daily selection. It tastes even better when served right next to the water with your bare feet resting in the sand – such is the setting at one of the islands premier restaurants, Juan y Andrea on Illetes beach.
above: copyright Kathryn Burrington, TravelWithKat.com
The island may feel like it’s a little off the beaten track, yet that relaxed and peaceful vibe doesn’t mean that your accommodation choices are limited to beachside camping. Far from it.
Luxury villa specialists Dynamic Lives offer a lovely selection of villa rentals on Formentera, set in stunning surroundings to take advantage of the natural environment and to offer full privacy, but a stone’s throw from the coast and the island’s unforgettable beaches.
Author: Kate Snesareva, luxury lifestyle writer
Kate, is an avid traveller, regularly making good use of her passport to explore new destinations. She is a writer for various yachting and luxury lifestyle publications and also a passionate photographer.