A couple of years ago my sister was left speechless when her boyfriend proposed to her on a beach during a trip to Jamaica. The idea of a destination wedding –a wedding held away from your city- really appealed to her, like it did to me when I got married in Rivera Maya some years ago. I’m sure most guests would not have minded at all if she had decided to hold it in Jamaica, but in the end she decided to get married on the Mediterranean island of Formentera. So off we were, to Formentera last week.
Although during the Spanish Civil War and until 1923, this Balearic island had a water airport, the only way to get there today is by ferry, from the port of neighbouring Ibiza. Luckily, there is one approximately every half an hour, and because the two islands are just 11 kilometers apart, the trip is short.
Once in Formentera, even though the island is small, I recommend skipping the bus (too few stops and unreliable schedules) and taxis (too expensive). A great alternative is renting a scooter or a Vespa, or you can also rent a car, if you prefer.
This was the first time we were in Formentera and we chose to stay in a beautiful four-room rural stone house which has been converted to a bed and breakfast. Relaxing and tastefully decorated, the place has been run for the past ten years by an Italian couple. The best part, being able to enjoy a quiet breakfast outdoors. A wonderful way to start the day.
Things you must see in Formentera
I have to confess I was not at all impressed by the small urban centers of Pujols and Francesc Xavier. If you are only going to be in the island a couple of days, trust me, you can skip them completely. You should instead:
Contemplate a sunset from Cap Barbaria.
Views are impressive and the sunset is breathtaking. You must leave your car in the parking area and walk about 1.7 km to the lighthouse, which might look familiar if you ever saw the movie “Lucía y el Sexo” with Paz Vega. You can also watch the sunset from any of the rock outcrops to the right, only 500 meters away. There is another lighthouse –la Mola- on the opposite side of the island, which stands among imposing sea cliffs. An unforgettable place.
Have a “arroz con bogavante” (rice with lobster) at the Es Caló restaurant.
This restaurant is considered by many visitors to the island absolutely indispensable. Definitely one of the best rices I’ve tasted. And enjoying this with spectacular views to the Mediterranean sea is absolutely priceless. Excellent service. You should definitely book a few days in advance.
Address: Carrer del Vicari Joan Marí, 14.
Phone number: 971 32 73 11
Lying in the sun at Cala Saona.
This is one of the cleanest beaches in the island and it has a lifeguard. Coming from Galicia I was surprised to see all that dry algae accumulated on the shore. I was also intrigued by the lack of lifeguards in general in beaches.
You can also contemplete incredible sunsets with a mojito in your hand from Cala Saona’s beach bar, by the way.
Illets beach is also famous in Formentera, but bear in mind that they will charge you 4 euros just to enter.
Is there a particular spot on the island that you liked especially and you would recommend? I’d love to hear from you!
*All photos on this post have been taken with my mobile phone
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