Bohemian Formentera

We recently spent a week in Formentera, Spain.  Not as popular as its flashy island sister, Ibiza, the island of Formentera has been some sort of creative haven since the sixties and seventies.  The island had been refuge for Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell at different points in their artistic lives and architect Philippe Starck has a house near Cap de Barbaria.

The thing that I love most about Formentera is its rugged beauty that refuses over commercialization.  You won’t see hotel or retail chains on the island.  Most of the shops and restaurants that we went to have that artisanal feel that’s rare in most summer beach destinations.

Here are some highlights of our vacation….

Platja Migjorn

Hippie Market at El Pilar de Mola

View from the Blue Bar

Lighthouse from Cap de Barbaria, southernmost part of island where Africa isn’t too far away

Church in Sant Francesc, one of the main towns

Illa Espalmador

Some of the things we did that I recommend doing while in Formentera…

  • Seeing sunset at Sa Sequi restaurant, one of the best views on the island
  • Eating at the hippie chic Blue Bar where the food is yummy and the view is amazing
  • Renting a boat and going to Illa Espalmador, only accessible by boat and has the clearest water I’ve ever seen
  • Going to Platja Migjorn for the beach and Illetes for the scene
  • Seeing the lighthouse in Cap de Barbaria and hippie market in El Pilar de la Mola
  • Shopping in Sant Francesc’s town center

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