Formentera, a Mediterranean Beauty

I had been wanting to go to Formentera, a small island next to Ibiza, for a long, long time. Everybody who’s been there love it, and I have a very good friend who I met in London who is actually from the little island. She goes twice a year to visit her family and she had invited me many times to join her but we had never managed to get our calendars to meet. Last year, finally, I managed to get a week after Easter to get there.

 (Carlos Peñalba)

The Northern tip of Formentera is probably the most famous and visited as it has the stunning beach of Ses Illetes. In summer gets very busy with the many boats arriving from neighbouring Ibiza.

 (Carlos Peñalba)

 (Carlos Peñalba)

 (Carlos Peñalba)

While the East side of Formentera (seen on the featured image) is mostly rocky, the Western coast offers many wonderful beaches and several kilometers of a beautiful wooden promenade, ideal for some long walking next to the sea.

 (Carlos Peñalba)

Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran are the two main towns, where most of the social life happens. As I was there after Easter, many restaurants were closed during weekdays.

 (Carlos Peñalba)

 (Carlos Peñalba)

 (Carlos Peñalba)

It’s worth exploring the most remote areas of the island, like the far Northwest, where you can find some old wooden fishing boats.

 (Carlos Peñalba)

Despitbe being quite small, there’s a stunning countryside in Formentera. During my time there it was full of flowers everywhere.

 (Carlos Peñalba)

La Mola, the elevated part in the Southern tip, gets little attention but has wonderful views of the Mediterranean sea, like the featured image at the top of the post or this image taken at dawn from La Mola lighthouse.

 (Carlos Peñalba)

Formentera is best enjoyed out of season, during spring or fall, when most tourists haven’t yet arrived or have already left, when absorbing all its beauty and relaxing energy can be done at ease. It’s ideal for biking around, as except for its main road in the middle, the rest of the island only has dusty roads through the countryside.

You can see the full gallery here: Formentera