Address: Formentera, Formentera, 07860, Spain

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Island hop to Ibiza’s bohemian sister for a day trip of unspoilt beaches and laidback attitude.

Hitting the high sea and heading across to Ibiza’s neighbouring island Formentera has become such an ingrained part of many Ibiza itineraries over the past few years, perhaps because it’s an escape from the escape, if you know what I mean! Formentera still retains that free, bohemian spirit from the days when hippies, political activists, celebrities and musicians alike (Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley all spent time here) would flock there for anonymity or inspiration. Today, the island’s inhabitants are still very open-minded and laidback - nudity on the beaches is the norm!.

The stunning beaches are (dare I say it!) perhaps even more beautiful than many on Ibiza – in fact I’d go so far as to say they are among the most beautiful in the world. The sand is ultra fine and white, the water crystal clear and soft, and the shoreline unspoilt for kilometres on end. It’s no surprise high fashion campaigns are shot here, as are movies and television commercials, and Ibiza’s glitterati flock here in their mega yachts to recover from the night before before heading back at sunset to do it all again.

Value for money

Price advice

There’s a boat for every price range to Formentera. Return tickets for the slow, glass-bottomed ferries can be pre-purchased from sellers in the port of Ibiza or on Playa D’en Bossa and Figueretes for 15 euros, while the fast ferries are around 35 euros return. Then there’s the option of chartering your own boat which can range anywhere from 500 euros upwards for the day, depending on your style!

Expert tips

Don’t miss your boat back! It’s been done many a time because it’s so easy to get caught up in the free spirited vibe, but can end up being a costly exercise.

Book restaurant tables in advance in summer - they are quite often booked out - or pack a picnic and take it with you so you never need miss a minute of beach time.

Hire a scooter once you hop off the ferry and zip around the pretty pink salt flats to check out what’s inland.

Grab a group of friends and charter your own boat for the day for the freedom to explore the entire coast.

Recommended for

  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Honeymooners
  • Relaxation
  • Chilling out
  • Nature / wildlife