If you are already a fan of Ibiza but you’re in the mood for something smaller, more authentic and with a touch of some ‘hippy’ style you should definitely pay a visit to Formentera, its little sister. A top destination for celebrities (Philip Stark has a house there) since Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan pitched up here in the 1970s.
It doesn’t have an airport (luckily!) and perhaps because of that, it has maintained its essence through the years, specially when the summer season is over and the island is totally occupied by fishermen and the locals. It is not that difficult, though, to get there: Ibiza’s main port offers constant ferries to the island.
Its best sales pitches? It has some of the most amazing beaches in the world, such as Migjorn, Llevant and Illetes (which has been considered one of the 10 most beautiful in the world), solitary spots with white sand and the most clear waters, where you can enjoy a refreshing bath (kind of a Caribbean but with lower temperature on the water) or the most amazing sunsets you will ever see.
Here you can move around by quad or motorbike (although quads are not permitted in some parts of the island) and one of the most amazing things about Formentera is that, even having a small size as an island, you can constantly find remote spots that you can make yours, discovering amazing and deserted beaches, full of nature, incredible restaurants and unique spots of all kinds.
Another information you should have about Formentera is that hippies are a real thing here. Sant Francesc, its ‘capital’ village, is kind of a constant hippy-market: handmade jewellery, a flea market, souvenirs, yoga and Ayurvedic centers…. In addition, you can also find an artisans’ market outside El Pilar de la Mola, every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, that is an obligated stop on your visit to the island.
Of course, if you’re in the mood for enjoying a drink or a dinner with great views Formentera is also covered: Chezz Gerdi, one of the most traditional spots in the island along with Can Carlos, Juan y Andrea or Es Moli de Sal; 10.7 with a more modern look, Can Carlitos, the modern cuisine proposal by Chef Nandu Jubany or A mi manera, with an amazing ecological vegetable garden.
For finishing, a visit to Pirata Bus is also obligated, kind of an island institution that once was an old hippy bus parked on the sand and that has now become a cocktail bar that brings together lots of people every summer night.