Formentera: Unpretentious beauty & bohemian art

Formentera is the southernmost Balearic Island lying nine nautical miles south of Ibiza. But while Ibiza basks in the limelight of its own celebrity, quieter, calmer Formentera has no airport and can only be reached by boat. Nicknamed ‘Little Caribbean’, and considered by many to be the most beautiful of the Balearics, Formentera is a paradise for sun worshippers.

Many of the island’s pristine beaches are deserted, even in high summer. Es Palmador is an uninhabited island, only accessible by boat to the north of Formentera: connected by ‘Es Pas’ sand bar: it’s possible to walk waist deep from one island to the other – just don’t run aground. Because of the relative inaccessibility of Formentera, the island has retained its old-world charm and is unfettered by mass tourism. A popular hangout for haute hippies in the 60s and 70s who came from Ibiza for some respite, the artists market in El Pilar has a distinctly bohemian vibe. For a brush with fame, grab a table at Juan y Andrea restaurant or, for a slower pace of life, head to Es Calo, a small fishing village with a beautiful beach and perfectly clear water teeming with tiny fish. Order paella or aroz negro (black rice) and switch off your phone.

When to go

April – end of October

High season

July – August



Anchor off Playa de Ses Illetes, one of the world’s most spectacular white sand beaches


Restaurant Es Moli de Sal is set on the rocks, overlooking yachts at anchor – there is a pontoon specifically for tenders to drop off guests. Must-have is the famous and delicious lobster stew (caldereta de llagosta)


Walk the Cami Roma, a Roman path climbing steeply from Es Calo up to the plateau of La Mola, for views of the whole island



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