What to do in Ibiza and Formentera
If you are looking for a destination that contains in a few miles everything you can ask for an island paradise, that has the best beaches, the most turquoise waters and the most beautiful sunsets, but also the best and most varied gastronomic offer, the most top disks of the world and all the glamor … then you have to go to Ibiza and Formentera.
As part of the archipelago of the Balearic Islands, the largest of which are Mallorca and Menorca, the small Ibiza and Formentera are about a hundred kilometers from the Valencian coast and some 150 from the Catalan coast, which gives them easy and economical access .
Throughout history various theories have been woven about the origin of the name of the Balearic Islands, but most historians agree that “Balearic” meant “throwing stones”. The final meaning would be something like “the launch masters”, and these were the “slingers of the islands”. Licofonte de Calcis, in his hermetic poem Alexandra (verses 633-641), when he speaks of the fugitives of the Trojan war who arrive in the Balearic Islands, says the following:
“And others, after navigating like crabs on the rocks of Gimnesis surrounded by the sea, dragged their existence covered with furry skins, without clothes, barefoot, armed with three slings of double rope, and the mothers pointed out their youngest children, in fasting, the art of throwing, since none of them will taste the bread with the mouth if before, with precise stone, it does not hit a piece placed on a stick like target. ”
The official language of the islands is Catalan and there are Mallorcan, Minorcan and Ibizan dialects, but it is very easy to communicate in Spanish, English, Italian or German.
The climate in summer is dry, warm and windy, ideal to travel on a sailboat, which also offers us a special perspective to access its different coves and beaches. A privileged point of view, to enjoy its waters, its flora and its fauna.
What to do in Ibiza and Formentera?
Some of its most outstanding natural attractions are the “coves”, protected bays that frame with rocks the small beaches of white sands and celestial and turquoise waters.
In Ibiza there are some that you can not miss.
- D’en Bossa is a beautiful cove with a beach of two kilometers long, famous for its restaurants Bora Bora, Sirocco and Nassau, it is very visited by the young public.
- Sa Caleta, also called Bol Nou is a small beach of one hundred meters in length, with a family atmosphere.
- Cala Molí, very close to the bay of San Antonio, has the flavor of the wild, it is totally natural.
- Cala Jondal is one of the most visited by sailboats and boats, and is highlighted by the famous Blue Marlin restaurant.
- Cala Bassa is an authentic natural pool, surrounded by pine trees and tamarinds, where you will find a world of underwater beauty waiting for you.
- Es Cavallet is a perfectly maintained Natural Reserve.
- Ses Salines is a long beach divided into three sectors, the first is restaurants, the second is one of the most famous nudist beaches in Spain, and the third is a gay beach.
- Cala Conta is ideal to witness the sunsets, drinking a drink and listening to the Ravel Bolero, a tradition that is repeated every afternoon.
- In Formentera, there are also places you can not miss
- Ses Illetes is a small beach with incredible turquoise waters, which have nothing to envy to the best beaches in the Caribbean.
- Cala Saona, a true jewel of the islands, where sailboats and yachts often arrive from all over the Mediterranean, and is ideal for snorkeling and discovering its submerged secrets.
- Es Pujols requires the use of sunglasses, since the white of its sands is dazzling.
- La Savina, great place to enjoy a magnificent sunset in an unbeatable natural environment.
But as not only of beaches and sea lives the man, what there is to see in Ibiza and Formentera does not end there.
What to see in Ibiza and Formentera?
They are very interesting the walks by the mountains near the sea, from where there are surprising aerial views, since the colors of the waters are appreciated in all their magnitude.
There is also a long tradition of Ibizan art and culture. As an example of prehistoric art, the islands conserve many remains of the so-called Balearic megalithic culture, among which the talaiots, the navetes and the taules stand out, all of them from the period between 1800 and 1500 BC. C. There are not many remnants left from the Muslim era. There is also a group of Gothic churches, such as Santa Creu, Santa Eulalia, San Jaume, San Nicolás and some examples of the architecture of the eighteenth century, period in which he stood out as painter P. Calvo.
What to eat in Ibiza and Formentera?
The cuisine of the Balearic Islands has many points of contact with Catalan and Valencian cuisine. It has purely Mediterranean characteristics. The islands have been conquered several times during their history between French and English, which can to say that it has left certain culinary influences. The presence of fish and seafood is the highlight among its native proposals, as well as pork. But there are also a large number of restaurants with first class international cuisine.
The night of Ibiza and Formentera
If after a day of sailing, beach and snorkeling, and enjoy a delicious dinner, we still have energy, Ibiza offers one of the most famous nights in the world, on albums like Pacha, Eden or Amnesia, the party begins when one arrives .
As you can see, in Ibiza and Formentera there is everything you need for an unforgettable sailing holiday.
Dawn in a cove of turquoise waters with a sunny day, take a dip and a bit of snorkeling, a good breakfast and sail a few hours carried by the wind. Visit your best beaches and choose a cove to spend the next night. Go down to eat at a nice restaurant and have a walk around the Ibicencan party. And so for the days of the days … amen.
If you are looking for a different experience in Ibiza and Formentera do not hesitate, rent a boat and discover these wonderful islands from the sea.