Thinking about Ibiza and Formentera, our minds go immediately to the images of parties, clubs, DJs, aperitifs, wild nightlife. And yet, we forget about the real, wild, natural soul of these islands.
If you have the chance to visit the Balearics off season, taking a break to unwind and recharge, these are your ideal destinations. Untouched and semi-desert shores, pristine waters (even if it’s not that hot in spring, you can easily go for a swim), and the typical Spanish siesta-lifestyle make the Balearics the place to be this spring.
Once landed in Ibiza, everything will be as you have imagined: billboards advertising the concerts of the most famous DJs on the planet all over the place, scooters passing by, even if less numerous than in the summer – the air can be kind of breezy in spring.
Rent your car and reach the beaches: here you’ll discover a semi-desert island where the usual fast-paced rhythm becomes incredibly slow.
You’ll reach the peak of this off-beat atmosphere at the Hippy Market. It has been taking place every Wednesday at Punta Arabi – Es Canar since the 70s, and it will welcome you with unrepeatable music, colours and scents. On Saturdays, the Market moves to Las Dalias, in a unique and bright location.
If you get tired of basking in the sun, you could enjoy a car drive around the island, which takes only 3 hours to cross from side to side. Taking advantage of the desert streets, the experience will be even more fascinating.
Once you’ve finished exploring Ibiza with its towns and beaches, it’s time to get on a ferry boat and head to Formentera.
Definitely smaller and quieter, Formentera emanates a particular charm in every season. It’s always good to decide the beach you’re going to visit depending on the wind – which can be really strong – and of the chiringuitos that are currently on duty.
Highly frequented and easy to reach, Platja Migjorn is located near the famous Piratabus, and it offers a splendid view over the sea.
The beaches here are vast and untouched, and you won’t avoid diving in this pristine waters even if the weather is not that warm. And remember not to get embarrassed if you spot some nudists getting as much sun as they can!
When in Formentera, be sure to visit the two extremities of the island (which you can cross in just one hour): Cap de Barbaria and El Pilar de La Mola, where you will reach the astounding lighthouse, just on top of a cliff.
To get the best out of the Balearics’ sunset, head to Cala Saona, where you’ll see the sun dramatically diving into the sea just in front of you.
During summer in Formentera, the best option for your accommodation is in Es Pujols, the marine town that is packed with bars and clubs. You won’t even have to rent a scooter here: every place is located within walking distance from all the others!
In the off-season, the best option for your stay is Sant Francesc, the main city of the island, with many shops and restaurants to have dinner or enjoy an aperitif in the sun.
Due to continuous maintenance works, it’s likely that you’ll experience being cut off water and electricity from time to time. That’s why every tool in the house (especially the fridge) has its insurance: locals really don’t like to get a new one every month!