Usually, it's the destinations which are the most complicated to get to that boast the sweetest rewards. Except when it comes to petite Formentera. A quick 30-minute ferry-ride will transport you from party-hardy Ibiza to the Balearics' most laidback sister. Here, the bluest waters, softest sand and mellowest vibe await those keen to go somewhere relatively unspoilt. And as fervent Formentera fans, we have some tips for those contemplating sojourning in this heart-skipping beauty this summer.
Gorge on farm-to-table food in an exquisite setting
There are a couple of starters on A Mi Manera's menu which are simply divine. The sliced wagyu beef fillet seasoned with wild rosemary is one such dish, as is the zucchini stuffed with creamy ricotta cheese and salty anchovies. What's more, rustic-chic A Mi Manera serves their delectable farm-to-table food under a canopy of fairy lights in a story-book garden. Another restaurant which invites diners to settle in for the long haul is Formentera institution Juan y Andrea. Here, you can wash down steaming paella with chilled glasses of the palest rose while revelling in the restaurant's beach club vibe and people-watching opportunities.
Cruise past sparkling salt pans in a Mini
Bare feet on the dash, hair whipping around your face, hands riding over the airflow - even better than discovering Formentera's impressive sights is doing so by means of a no-roof, no-door cabrio. The Mini Moke, treasured for its unique styling and the Thelma and Louise-type feeling it evokes, is perfect for exploring the island's sparkling salt pans, salt-white beaches and pine-cloaked coastal cliffs. Of course, a visit to 1861 clifftop lighthouse "Faro de la Mola", is not to be missed. Perched high over the Mediterráneo and with its surrounding gold-coloured cliffs and crashing cerulean waves, it boasts, hands down, Formentera's most unforgettable vistas.
Sip sundowners at a chilled-out beach club
Nothing matches Formentera' s blissfully languid pace than enjoying sun downers while soaking up photogenic views. Chezz Gerdi -principally a restaurant (and a fine one at that)- is one of our favourite places to take the edge off a long day on the beach. Get there by strolling down Es Pujols' wooden boardwalk and find bronze-limbed people lounging on day beds with ice-laden cocktails in hand (try the Green Tea Gin -it's divine). Caribbean-style chiringuitos Kiosko 62 and Piratabus, both located on Mitjorn beach, also stand out from the rest, not in the least because of the pinch-yourself sunsets, moreish mojitos and friendly sunny vibe.
Snooze on beaches fit for a magazine cover
With its snow-white sands and gem-like blues Formentera's beaches boast the most powerful pull of all of the Balearics. In fact, we defy anyone to resist leaping into the island's crystalline waters immediately (the posidonia meadows that cover the seabed act as natural purifiers and keep the water as clear as gin). Whether you decide to snooze on Llevant's white sand beach, pad into Illetes' tourmaline waters or lay your towel in front of Migjorn's soul-stirring views, matters little. Not only do all of Fomentera's beaches look like they've been photoshopped, they're beautifully unspoilt and so perfect for folk who like to keep things simple.