Formentera Photo Diary
To be honest, when I found out my host family was taking me with them to Formentera, I had no idea where it was, but they had already mentioned it so many times that I was afraid of looking dumb when I asked, thinking it was probably obvious. I figured I would either have to sneakily Google it in solitary shame, or would end up getting off the plane having no idea what country I was in… which who knows, could be fun.
Turns out Formentera is an island off the coast of Spain and is kind of like Ibiza’s little sister. It’s a little more relaxed, a little less of a party island, but it is GORGEOUS. Oh, and cappuccinos are less than 2€ (huzzah!). By the end of the trip, I was ready to abandon all worldly possessions, braid my hair, open up a fruit stand, and spend the rest of my life on this perfect island.
I figure as the leaves are changing and I’ve broken out the special fleece leggings I wear under my jeans during winter in Vienna, we could all use a little #throwback to a warmer, sunnier, island-ier time and place. Check out my photos and see what the hype is all about or scroll to the end for some Formentera advice and age-old wisdom.
The sunsets here are swoon-worthy.
The water is wonderfully clear-blue… so you never have to worry about something mysteriously brushing up against your leg and not being able to see it or know what it is!
How to get to Formentera:
- There’s no airport in Formentera, so you have to fly into Ibiza and then take a ferry. There are car ferries and passenger ferries that run between the two islands every half hour or so for passengers. You can check out the various ferry companies here: https://www.directferries.com/ibiza_formentera_ferry.htm
- It may be hard to find a flight off-season or towards the end of the season. Our only option was to take a flight from Vienna at 4:45 IN THE MORNING. Naturally, we pulled over in Ibiza after the flight and took a nap in the rental car in an empty parking lot in torrential downpour. Is there anything better than a good snooze with the sound of rain hitting the window?
What to Keep in Mind About Formentera:
- While it is a tourist destination, a lot of locals there don’t speak English. The owner of our villa didn’t, nor did the parking lot attendants, some restaurant staff, etc. They will speak to you in Spanish even if they know you’re a tourist, so be prepared para practicar tu español.
- You need to rent a car/vespa to get around as it’s not really a walkable island. We saw a couple vespa accidents while we were there, so drive wisely.
- They’re very relaxed with nudity here, so just don’t be surprised when you see everyone from small children to old men hanging out on the beaches in their birthday suits.
- Watch out for lizards, they’re everywhere! But they won’t harm ya 😉
Formentera wasn’t on my original travel bucket list, but I definitely recommend you put it on yours. Any other unknown gems you think I should add?
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