Ibiza’s Best Kept Secret – Formentera
Ibiza’s Best Kept Secret – Formentera
Ibiza’s lesser known but more beautiful sister island, is a chance to really escape the rat race. Just 30 minutes from Ibiza, it is the perfect location to really unwind and embrace the laid back balearic lifestyle away from the crowds and hustle and bustle of Ibiza.
Sapphire blue water and diamond white sand
When you step off the boat, you will think that you have somehow magically been transported to the Caribbean. And who could blame you. With a mixture of long white beaches and secluded private bays lined with palm trees you will feel a world away from day to day life.
A particularly beautiful spot is Es Calo. Just head down the main road towards La Mola from San Ferran and take a stop at the beautiful little harbour surrounded by little fishermen’s huts. Then along the coastline there are many rocky inlets where you can find your own private spot to relax the day away here. The sea here is breathtakingly clear with deep blue areas caused by the way the sunlight reflects off the minerals in the rocks.
Ibiza’s best kept secret – Formentera
We all know Ibiza, the chilled vibes, the glorious sunsets, the beautiful beaches and the party that never stops. But being world renowned has its downsides. When a place becomes so popular it loses a little of its charm and mystery in the throngs of tourists. Formentera is like a breath of fresh air by comparison.
For something a little more en vogue, Playa Illetes is the place to be with a long thin stretch of white sandy beach, collections of sun loungers and a number of moored up luxury yachts moored up just offshore, this bars and restaurants here definitely carry a luxury vibe.
Getting there and getting around
Getting there couldn’t be easier, for somewhere that will feel like you have left for the Caribbean. Simply book a ticket at Aquabusferryboats.com from Ibiza port, or Ses Figueretes or Platja d’en Bossa in the summer, and you can be taken directly to the Formentera port of Savina.
La Savina itself has a lovely nautical feel, and a stroll along the harbour front, where you can find a selection of bars, cafes and restaurants and in the summer quaint little market stalls. The views here are quite lovely. This is a perfect base from which to access the rest of the island, such as the world famous Playa Illetes, ranked best beach in Europe and in the top 10 worldwide.
It is easy to hire a bike, if you don’t want to hike the 100 km of walking routes around the island, all of which as sign posted and maps of the 32 recommended routes are available from the tourist information point. Alternatively, you can hire a scooter or a car to get about, or even take the L3 tourist bus around the island.
Experience a more relaxed way of life
The vibe is is most certainly laid back. And with less visitors it has a air of exclusivity. In the morning you can take in the breathtaking views from the cliff tops, or visit the old lighthouses around the island. The coast here is perfect also for snorkeling or paddle boarding, due to the calm and clear waters.
You will almost certainly follow up any morning activity with a well deserved rest on the clean white sands of the many superb beaches, and grabbing excellent rustic but refined food at the little chiringuitos that serve many of the beach fronts. It’s truly a time to slow down the pace.
When the day starts to wind down, you can watch the red, yellow and orange spectacular sunsets with a cool drink from many locations across the island, before taking a lazy late meal at one of the many excellent restaurants that specialise in fresh seafood and mediterranean dishes.
As the sleepy villages start to wake up, and sparkle with lights head over to Sant Ferran night market, or enjoy live music and local festivals in the town squares. For those with energy to burn, you can dance the night away in the nightclubs or Es Pujols.
But when it is time to head to bed, drift away listening to the calming sounds of the ocean waves outside your window, and wonder how you will ever be able to leave.