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A dreamy holiday home on the quiet island of Formentera
A short boat ride away from the madding crowd of Ibiza, off the eastern coast of Spain, Formentera is its wilder, quieter Balearic little sister. The wide variety of Formentera holiday lettings from TUI Villas are the perfect choice for those looking for serenity and authenticity in a divine, unspoiled setting. The island boasts long sandy white beaches and warm, crystal clear waters. It is all about private quality time with your loved ones, making a holiday home in Formentera the perfect place to stay. The rhythm on this laid-back island is slow and the mood low-key, making it the perfect destination for a romantic couples' holiday as well as a family vacation.
Making the most of Formentera in your beautiful holiday home
The island is quite different from the rest of the Balearics. It stands out as a truly special, timeless place with unrivalled natural beauty and a hippie vibe, a combination that makes for unforgettable holiday memories in a beautiful Formentera holiday home or apartment.
Formentera's natural charms
Formentera is first and foremost known and loved for its stunning, well-preserved beauty. Surrounding the island, the pristine sea is a mix of light turquoise and azure, shades made even more notable by the white sand and red rocks of the beaches. The water here is also possibly some of the clearest of the Mediterranean? For beaches, Playa Illetes is a firm favourite, with its long stretch of sand and transparent sea. And it's not all sand dunes and beaches. Lush pine forests line Formentera and in the North, the nature park of Ses Salines with its salt lakes (a UNESCO World Heritage site) is well worth a visit. There is no big infrastructure here to spoil the horizon. The whitewashed villas peppered around the island reflect respect for nature and tradition as well as a real eye for beauty and simplicity. With TUI Villas you will find a large selection of just such quality holiday homes and apartments in Formentera. And in the evenings, the skies above turn into pastel shades of pink and orange, the perfect backdrop for drinks after a long day sunbathing by the sea or the pool of your Formentera holiday home.
Formentera's environmentally-friendly vibe
Much of Formentera's charm lies in its simplicity and a calm and languid pace of life. This is probably due in part to the many environmentally-friendly measures applied on the island. There are very few cars here, which is all the better since the island is best explored by bicycle. The terrain is flat, the distances are short (Formentera is only 20km long), and the coastal paths from your Formentera holiday home to the beach are a joy to traverse as a couple or with your whole family. The island is all about quaint villages, romantic restaurants, and dreamy beaches. It teaches its visitors to slow down, take in the scenery, and witness the passing of time in a discreet manner. Privacy is indeed one of the island's biggest selling points, and renting a Formentera holiday home with its own pool is a particularly excellent way to enjoy the island's charms.
Options aplenty for an active Formentera holiday
Hiking in Formentera is a fun and active way to explore the island and take in its many different colours and scents. On the many Green Tours (20 cycling and hiking trails that are off the beaten path), the flora and fauna are rich and varied, and the trails offer many spots where you can sit and relax. You can end your hike with a visit to the island's tiny capital, the picturesque village of Sant Francesc Xavier with its imposing white church. Windsurfing is also a popular activity. The natural conditions are favourable for both beginners and more advanced windsurfers. After a long day of activities, you can come back to your holiday home in Formentera, make the most of the kitchen and cook some local dishes. Why not try to make a paella with some fresh seafood?
Popular destinations and neighbouring locations around Formentera
A short boat ride away, Ibiza is bigger and louder. The white island is known to be a hedonistic party heaven but it is so much more than that. The secret fishermen's coves are a dream for swimming. The restaurants are some of the best in Europe, and the shops are perfect for those looking to emulate Ibiza's bohemian party vibe in terms of fashion. Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic islands, is also possibly the most glamourous. Whether you're looking to party, relax, or hike up mountains, it has it all, including a notable architectural heritage. Furthermore, Mallorca's capital, Palma, is a culturally rich, vibrant city. The nearby, much smaller island of Menorca is an unspoiled gem known for its beautiful villages and wild nature. You'll find no discotecas here—it is all about rest and contemplation.
Travelling to your holiday home in Formentera
The only way to reach Formentera is by boat, as the island doesn't have an airport. This only adds to its charm, making it all the more special and suspended in time. From the UK it is therefore best to take a flight to Ibiza, and from there, one of the daily ferries to Formentera. The ride lasts about 30 minutes. On the island, there are few cars but it is possible to rent one. This remains the best option for families travelling with small children. Others, however, might prefer getting around by bicycle or moped, as the island is quite small and the land quite flat. Cycling is a fun and active way to explore the villages, beaches, and natural reserves.
The best times to go to Formentera
Formentera only knows two main seasons: summer and winter. Summer stretches from May to October. The best times to enjoy a Formentera holiday home are probably from May to June and September to October. The sea is warm for bathing, and the beaches are quieter than during the height of summer. The milder temperatures also make hiking and cycling more enjoyable. From July to August, Formentera can get pretty hot (well into the thirties), which can render outdoor activities a little more challenging for some. But the island benefits from a welcome cool breeze, even during the hotter months.
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