Formentera was largely unheard of outside of the Balearics until a tourist boom of the 1960s and 70s saw hippies and the counterculture set make their way here. Luckily, not a great deal has changed since then, and the laid-back, bohemian vibe is still felt all over the island, whether you're kicking up dust in a beach buggy or people-watching from a casual chiringuito bar.
Unspoilt nature, beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters. Formentera is perfect for holidaymakers in search of an authentic, off-the-beaten-track destination!
Formentera is a popular destination for foodies, offering a variety of delicious local and international cuisine.
You absolutely must try the local paella on Formentera. This is one of the most famous dishes in Spain, and here is no exception. This beloved rice dish is cooked with, chicken, vegetables, a variety of spices and saffron with lashings of seafood including cuttlefish, mussels, monkfish, king prawns and whole crab legs. It's a staple dish in the region and is a must-try for anyone visiting.
It kind of goes without saying that this delightful Mediterranean island is home to a wide variety of fresh seafood. From grilled fish to the tastiest squid, there is no shortage of delicious seafood dishes made from the freshest of catches! Make sure to try the mouth-wateringly fragrant fish stew Bullit de peix.
Those with a sweet tooth will want to seek out ensaïmadas, a sweet swirl of pastry made with bread dough and sprinkled with sugar that goes perfectly with a strong coffee.
The island may be small, but there are a number of events that attract the masses throughout the year.
Formentera Jazz Festival takes place in July and attracts jazz musicians from around the world to the town of Sant Francesc and features both free and ticketed concerts. Also in July there is Festa de Sant Jaume, a traditional festival that includes parades, live music, and fireworks, and is a celebration of the island's patron saint..
Those in need of a break from the sunshine should make time to shop around the many artisan stores selling all manner of locally made wares. From jewellery to dishware and leather goods, who can resist picking up a few souvenirs?