When most people think of Spain‘s Balearic Islands, Ibiza and Majorca most readily spring to mind. But there are four of them, and the smallest, a 30-to-40-minute ferry ride south of Ibiza, is Formentera, a marvelous throwback of sorts.
Its relaxed atmosphere and airs of another era make it a place unlike any other on the planet. Even though it’s best known for its beaches, the most incredible you can imagine, Formentera is much more. Whether on bicycle, motorbike or car, the smallest of the Balearic Islands exists to make you and your friends happy, in and out of the stunningly clear water.
If you come across seaweed, be glad. Learn to know it and respect it, as it oxygenates the water and thus supports life. Fortunately, between Ibiza and Formentera we have the Mediterranean’s most extensive field of Posidonia Oceanica, and that fresh and crystal-clear water is the result.
If you’ve always dreamt of diving, the island is a perfect place to try your hand. A good place to start is the Es Freus Marine Reserve, with its amazing and unique formations. If you love it, try also “Es Racó Alt,” with its sand-bottomed caves such as “Rocabella,” which is almost 40 feet deep. In any case, you should know that there are several diving outfits on the island for all budgets.
If you’d rather not go quite so deep, snorkelling is a great way to experience the sensation of swimming in the clearest, bluest pool you have ever seen. Of all the idyllic beaches on Formentera, Es Caló des Mort is one of our top choices for donning goggles and snorkel.
So now you know: Fly to Ibiza with Iberia Joven and hop on the boat to Formentera. Dive in and discover an island within another island. In short, be happy in this Balearic paradise.
Photo | Marita Acosta