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We spent the last day of our trip in Formentera, aka Spain’s own Caribbean with paradisiac beaches. The turquoise crystal clear waters and sandy beach at Playa de Illetes was exactly how I envisioned the perfect relaxing vacation. Illetes must really be one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever visited and it was absolute bliss to swim there and enjoy the amazing landscape.
Below you find the outfits I wore, more of my impressions on both islands, and I give you tips on how to get to Formentera and get to Playa Illetes from the Port, besides a list of the best places to visit in Ibiza.
Wearing: Marysia Scalloped Bikini c/o Avenue32
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What To See When You’re in Ibiza
- A Day Trip To Formentera. Formentera is Ibiza’s sister island located in the South. Due to its well preserved and untouched nature, it counts with some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Playa de Illetes is one of these paradisiac beaches and it is a fantastic diplay of the most pristine crystal clear turquoise waters, light sand, and spectacular landscapes. We wanted to originally stay in Formentera, but it’s quite expensive to stay there, as the water is limited and since the island has no connections to Peninsular Spain, the only way everything is accessed is through Ibiza.
- Stroll Around Ibiza Town, Puerto de Ibiza, and Dalt Vila. In my previous post you can see more of Ibiza Town and its romantic little alleyways, its gorgeous Port, and the amazing Dalt Vila. Mistakenly, I thought the walls at the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, Dalt Vila, were medieval, but they happen to be from the Renaissance. This fortification was built as part of a plan by Charles V of Spain to modernise the defense of the Meditarranean coast line and aimed at maintaining and defending the Spanish Crown’s territories against France and the Ottoman Empire in times of war. In Sant Bernat at the top of the whole complex, you get an amazing view to Formentera and Ses Salines.
- Visit Las Dalias Hippy Market. Every Saturday from 10am the stalls are set up at Las Dalias Hippy Market selling clothes, jewellery, and leather accessories. While I am not exactly into hippy style, I think it’s a fun thing to do since the market counts with real vintage treasures.
- Witness a spectacular sunset at Cala Comte. Cala Comte is an area with the most beautiful beach in whole Ibiza. It also offers the best sunset spectacle in the whole island, which is why it is one of the most visited areas. Sunset Ashram is a bar where you can witness a great view of the sunset, whilst listening to DJs and eating great food.
- Go to party to Pacha. Founded in 1973, it’s the only partying spot that remains open all year, and you will find lots of locals there. World-renowned DJs have spun the decks here including Paul Oakenfold, Sasha and Roger Sanchez.I had the pleasure of seeing a whole squad of hippies who were playing Bob Marley songs by the beach and advertising the club. While I wanted to join them (haha), because they were so happy and enthusiastic, besides appearing like modern-day hippies with rastas, hippie floral dresses, afro hair, and displaying peace and love messages (‘Bombing for Peace is like f*cking for Virginity), I decided at the end not to, since a. I didn’t look half as good as those girls b. I can’t dance as well :P.
How to Get to Formentera & Playa Illetes
The best (and cheapest) way to get to Formentera is by Ferry. Our hotel sold the tickets, so make sure to check if your hotel sells them as well. There are two different Ferry services, but we decided at the end to get the one that took the shortest time in arriving to Formentera, i.e. Balearia, which takes 30 mins and which leaves every 30 minutes from the Eivissa Port. The other Ferry service takes around 50 mins, though it’s cheaper. However, I think it’s better to take the fastest one, since it’s totally worth the money and you lose less time, which you can be instead enjoying at the beach.
The Ferry will leave you at the main Formentera Port, and from there you can take a bus which leaves you at a bus stop near Illetes (probably a 3 minute walk). You can’t miss the bus station located at the back of the port, on the seaside. You can buy the bus tickets inside the bus. They cost around 8 Euros per person and it includes both ways (to Illetes and back). However, you can also rent a bike, though we decided at the end not to, because we didn’t really know the way (though we will do this next time we go).
I hope I could guide you a bit through Ibiza and Formentera and that you enjoyed the pictures. Let me know if you have any questions in the comment box below.
Wishing you all a lovely Thursday. x