I spent a few days in Formentera recently, so for those who have never been, I will share the beaches / restaurants and places I visited, and what can be expected of the little island.
Known as the last Mediterranean paradise, Formentera, being 2 miles south from Ibiza can only be reached by boat from Ibiza. As it doesn’t have an airport, it is free from overcrowding, and the pace of life is much more relaxed in Formentera. There is rarely any traffic and scooters and bicycles are extremely popular amongst the people. As soon as you step off the boat, the port holds many transport rental shops, from scooters, quads, bikes, beach buggies and more – highly recommended if you want to go exploring.
The beaches are soft sand and the water is transparent, due to the posidonea prairie surrounding the island, a natural treatment plant cleans the water. The beaches are completely idyllic.
The beaches I visited were: Illetes, S’Arenal and Cala Saona to name a few. As there aren’t many buildings along its coastline, most of the beaches are nothing but long stretches of sand and grassy areas, making it a tranquil and chilled out atmosphere. There are also rocky beaches. As with Ibiza, water sports can be enjoyed on the beaches, and there are sea view restaurants all over.
The small towns hold traditional Spanish looking buildings: white walls, quaint and located on small cobbled streets. I drove round the island seeing as much as possible, viewing the ruins of Castellum Roma de Can Blai, a fortress type building discovered in 1979. It may be dated to the Early Roman Empire; however the exact period cannot be determined. I ate out at restaurants, in the day and night times, explored the markets, shops and took in the view of Formentera from a Cliffside (Punta de La Ruda, the highest point of Formentera) complete with lighthouses, which was beautiful. The Formentera port also holds some of the most luxurious yachts, which are worth a look.
One particular place I enjoyed ice cream and yoghurt was La Mukkeria. The interior was light pink and white, with cabinets of tasty treats and sweets to create your own flavours.
There isn’t too much to do in Formentera which is the main attraction: relaxation, a perfect place for lounging around, and leaving any daily stresses behind.
Formentera can be reached by boat from the harbour in Ibiza Town, Los Molinos and Playa d’en Bossa, the trip of which usually takes an hour. Alternatively, a ferry can be taken which is a shorter journey of about thirty minutes. Return tickets can be purchased, and are reasonably priced. Prices cost as little as 22 euros for adults and 10 euros for children. There are hotels, hostels and bungalows for rent if you wish to stay in Formentera for more than a day.