by Maria Nicholas
Views from a Beach Bar
Did you know that Formentera is called The Maldives of the Med? Belonging to Spain, this Mediterranean island is absolutely stunning, with its crystal clear waters illuminating the landscape with layers of different sparkling shades of blue.
I remember when I first caught glimpse of the marvelous colors peeking between the trees across the vast lands. It was gorgeous.
Formentera is a wild, sprawling island. Not Ibiza-style wild, but nature preservation-wild. For this reason, I rented a scooter because it’s really the only way to get around to see everything. And the sensation of freedom while zipping around the island is exhilarating!
The isle truly is a special place. The sweet smells of different plants and flowers dance through the salty air. On my white Vespa I drove into the Ses Salines Natural Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its salt pans, marshes and stunning beaches, it was a perfect place to spend the afternoon.
At Playa de ses Illetes there’s a stretch of white sand and rocky land with the sea on both sides. A perfect photo opportunity! One side has a bit more movement, producing small waves, and the other side is calm, luring you in for a swim.
After a wonderful afternoon exploring the natural park, I went to El Tiburon to have a drink and enjoy the spectacular sunset. El Tiburon is a chiringuito, which is Spain’s version of “beach bar.” Formentera has quite a few of these bars, and nothing beats sitting on the beach, listening to chillout music and taking in the view with the sand between your toes. A perfect way to end the sunny day.
The island is popular amongst the Italians, especially in the area of Es Pujols, so Italian is kind of the unofficial language in many areas. I had heard rumors that there is an Italian restaurant that serves the best pasta in all Spain, so of course, I had to check it out. El Giovale is a cute little restaurant located in Sant Francesc and the pasta surely did not disappoint! They are especially famous for their carbonara. For me, the best part was meeting the owner, Matteo, a true character who takes great care of his guests. After my satisfying meal, I had a small glass of their homemade meloncello….oh my goodness, I’m still thinking about it!
Formentera is the perfect getaway if you want to relax, enjoy nature, swim in radiant waters, and disconnect from life in the busy city.
It has a special kind of magic that leaves you saying, “I’ll be back.”