When you think of the Balearics you think of Minorca, Majorca and of course, Ibiza.

But most people forget Formentera.  It can be easy to forget it as it is one of the smallest of the Balearics, as well as being the most southerly.

Beaches

What it lacks in size it makes up for in its pristine white beaches.  At only 12 miles long this island is truly compact.  But it is well known for at least one thing.  Its nude beaches.  Most of the beaches on Formentera allow nude sunbathing.  So, if you are someone who likes to revert back to the way ‘nature intended’ then this is the island for you.

Getting around

Being so small it is very rustic.  Although it has roads most people who visit the island choose to cycle or rent mopeds.  This has allowed the island to retain as much of its natural beauty as possible.  The island has metalled roads as opposed to ones made of tarmac and a dune regeneration programme has meant that it feels extremely remote.  You can quite easily forget that you are mere miles from the party island, Ibiza.

Formentera doesn’t have an airport, so it can only be reached by boat.  On a day when the tide is low you can also reach the smaller island of Espalmador, which sits north of Formentara by foot.  Yes, you can simply wade from one island to the other.

If you like the idea of enjoying nature, then Formentera is the Balearic island for you.  It has plenty of cycles routes. hiking trails and is also a great place if you are into water sports.  In 2007 it was host to the Techno 293 OD World Championships in windsurfing for those under 17, making it the perfect place to learn to windsurf.

Getting back to nature

It is also the ideal place for bird watchers, with over 200 species of birds, from Eleanora’s Falcon and Warblers to Ospreys and Cormorants.  And if you fancy letting your hair down for the night you can always hop on a ferry and head to Ibiza for a night of partying.  In fact, it is the perfect place to unwind after partying into the wee hours of the morning.

32 square miles of white beaches, cliffs and stunning countryside awaits.  Why not head to the jewel in the Balearics on an all inclusive package and see for yourself?

Formentera The forgotten Balearic