By Regina Winkle-Bryan
As travel writers, Nancy and I get to travel. It’s a perk and a necessity of the biz. Sometimes I get assignments that take me to places I never would have chosen, and other times I choose what I want to scribble about. All this traveling here and there has shown me some spectacular nooks and crannies of the globe, and of these many beautiful places I have my favorites. Formentera Island is one of these.
The smallest of the Balearic Islands, Formentera is part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s vastly different from its sister islands of Mollorca and Ibiza, popular with the cheap all inclusive holiday crowd. It takes effort to get to this island, which sets it apart somehow. To get there, you have to fly to Ibiza and then catch a choppy ferry to Formentera. If leaving from Barcelona or Valencia, it’s also possible to go all the way by ferry, though this is a long ride from Barcelona.
Formentera is where the famous Spanish film, Lucia y El Sexo was made. If you haven’t seen the film you must rent it immediately, though I warn you that it is rated R for racy! Tiny, Formentera can be explored in a couple of days by bicycle. The entire island is criss-crossed with bike lanes, and cycling is the preferred local way to travel. It is hard to explain just how gorgeous this island is, or how charming its laid-back villages are. The people who live full-time on Formentera are artists and hippies plus a core group of fishermen who come from families who have lived on the island for generations.
The best time to go to Formentera is in late spring or early autumn when tourists and yacht people are not about. Rent a rural house or a room at a Farm-hotel (like a B&B but on a farm) and spend a week exploring this slice of heaven by cycle or moped.
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