Formentera: A pocket guide

With white sand beaches and crystal blue seas that are often compared to those of the Caribbean, the Balearic Island of Formentera has it all—except the crowds. A haven from the hedonism of its larger sister, Ibiza, Formentera is the perfect place to escape the tourist frenzy and relax in style.

Home to some of the finest sand beaches in Europe, the island’s coastline has, unlike other popular European holiday destinations, been purposefully kept as natural and uncontaminated as possible. While fine-dining and trendy hangouts are easy to find in Formentera, the nightlife here is far more toned-down; so, if you’re more interested in beachside bonfires than super-club foam parties, Formentera is the place for you. This laid-back vibe and effortless charm has, over the years, made Formentera a favourite holiday haunt of the more elusive rich and famous, securing the island’s status as the small but dazzling gem in the glittering Mediterranean crown.

La Mola Cape Lighthouse Formentera at sunrise in Balearic Islands/iStock/LunaMarina

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