Ibiza Little Sister

One of my great regrets was a few years ago my wife and I went to Barcelona and Ibiza.  Although a wonderful trip I have always regret that we didnt put Formentera also known as Ibiza little sister down for a few days.  It looks heavenly and most native folks from Spain who want a beach vacation head to in the summer.  See this article from Conde Nast Traveler to tell you more.



Es Caló d’es Mort

This Balearic island is much less lively than its hedonistic sister, Ibiza. And its peace-loving, beach-lounging devotees wouldn’t have it any other way, says Paul Richardson.

The island of Formentera, fourth largest of the Balearics, hangs off the southern edge of Ibiza like an unevenly formed dog bone dangling on a string. When I lived in Ibiza, I could never quite see the point of Formentera. Although it was right next door, it seemed a long way away. I used to send house guests there for the weekend, and they would come back wild-haired and unkempt, with aching muscles and sand in their shoes. When you asked what they’d seen and done, they shrugged. They had cycled about, lazed on the beautiful beaches… Clearly there wasn’t a whole lot to do there. Perhaps that was the point: it was a less-is-more island whose very lack of action was part of the attraction.

Often called Ibiza’s ‘sister island’, Formentera is more like its impoverished and painfully shy country cousin. For centuries it was adrift from the rest of the world, unknown and unvisited, a desert island made almost uninhabitable by pirate raids from the coast of Africa. Ever since Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan pitched up here in the 1970s, Formentera has been a last-resort island, somewhere you fled to when Ibiza, the international hippy trail, or the world in general, simply got too much. When Jules Verne was looking for an end-of-the-world destination for his wandering hero Hector Servadac, he chose the lighthouse at the far end of La Mola, where the cliffs stare out into an expanse of glittering sea.