Why Formentera should be on your post-pandemic travel list

Formentera. It’s one of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secrets, thanks to its divine pristine beaches, hippie charm and exotic energy

Holidaying abroad definitely seems like a distant memory.

But with the end of lockdown restrictions (hopefully) in sight, now’s the time to start putting together a post-Covid wishlist, so you’re ready to go when travel gets the green light.

Imagine burying your toes in soft sand, the sun on your face, a cocktail in hand… bliss!

Step forward the laid-back glam-chic Balearic Island that is Formentera. It’s one of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secrets, thanks to its divine pristine beaches, hippie charm and exotic energy.

And there are myriad more reasons why it should top your list of post-pandemic must-visit destinations.

It’s just a 35-minute ferry ride from hedonistic Ibiza, and is often called ‘Ibiza’s little sister’. However, the younger sibling couldn’t be much more different to the White Island famous for its clubbing scene.

Although like Ibiza, Formentera is well-loved by celebrities and directors (White Lines), and you can find plenty of luxury hotels and first-class restaurants.

But, and this is its USP, this tiny isle’s vibe is very firmly rooted in simpler times, thanks to the original hippie crowd that holidayed there back in the Sixties.

The beautiful UNESCO Ses Salines Natural Park

And you’ll find this slower paced, eco-friendly spirit everywhere you look – including the sensational Ses Salines Natural Park, and the colourful artisan markets, selling everything from arts and crafts to leather goods and cute trinkets.

At just 12 miles long and five miles wide, Formentera is the perfect size to explore on scooter or bike, meaning you can easily get to those tucked-away, gems of beaches that are one of the isle’s main draws.

A day (at least) at Playa de Ses Illetes, in the peninsula of Es Trucadors in the north, is a must.

It’s situated in the beautiful UNESCO Ses Salines Natural Park, which is famous for salt flats, and cars are banned. It has 200 species of birds (including flamingos all year round) and some of the most impressive scenery on the island.

The beach is often described as ‘a little piece of heaven’, thanks to its spectacular views, nearly 1,500ft-long stretch of fine sands, and the surrounding turquoise ocean.

With seemingly endless shallow waters, the family-friendly stretch makes a great spot for a swim. Or opt for adrenaline-inducing watersports, with kayaking, windsurfing, diving and snorkelling.

Then take in the sight of the numerous luxury yachts.

Head over to the west to take in the sunset at Cala Saona. This idyllic beach also boasts white sand and crystal-clear waters that makes it an Instagrammer’s dream.

Cala Saona at sunset

Enjoy a beer or cocktail at the beach bar and stay here until it gets dark.

En route to and from the beaches, stop and take in the quaint, sleepy villages with white-washed houses you’ll pass along the way.

Lively Es Pujols is where to find busy beach bars and cafes, as well as craftsmen selling their wares.

Dine in the fishing port of La Savina, with top-class eateries lining the marina.

Tuck into authentic Spanish cuisine, with hearty dishes and fresh seafood made using local produce.

Besides savoury dishes, such as a farmer’s salad (which features the Peix Sec), fried octopus (‘Frit de polp’) and a fish stew with potatoes (‘Bullit de Peix’), Formentera offers also a full range of local snacks and dessert. From ‘Flaó’ (cheesecake with a hint of mint) to ‘Les Orelletes’ (a sweet pastry made of aniseed) and ‘Greixonera’ (a bread pudding), there’s plenty of options to explore for visitors with a sweet tooth and savoury food lovers alike.

And wash it all down with a glass of local herb liqueur.

In good news for foodies, the island has just launched a slow food map highlighting its traditional cuisine, local products and distinct flavours.

Formentera really does offer a holiday unlike any other (pictured: Illetes Beach)
Sant Francesc is the island’s capital, where you can see the 18th-century church that was used as a fortress against pirate raids
La Mola’s lighthouse boasts incredible views

Sant Francesc is the island’s capital, where you can see the 18th-century church that was used as a fortress against pirate raids.

And, of course, you must pay a visit to Pilar de la Mola for its well-known hippie markets, selling an array of handmade goods, local keepsakes and delicious foods.

Head to the lighthouse, which is the highest geographical point of the island, with your camera to take in the unforgettable views.

Formentera is passionate about preserving its marine life

When it comes to sustainability, Formentera is striving to go the extra mile

As well as its plans to eliminate single-use plastics by 2025, campaigners have launched the Save Posidonia Project.

This pioneering project aims to promote sustainable tourism and raise funding for the conservation of the oceanic Posidonia marine plant. 

The 100,000-year-old Posidonia Meadows marine plants are also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

So whether you’re dreaming of an idyllic escape, a stunning outdoorsy getaway or a glamorous retreat coupled with rustic chic post-lockdown, Formentera really does offer a holiday unlike any other.


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