White Ibiza loves Formentera
While Formentera has all the natural landmarks of a Balearic island – pine forests, rustic countryside, sparkling sea and rocky coastline dotted with picturesque sandy beaches – the landscape is more untouched than that of its sister isle. When day-trippers from Ibiza disembark from their boats, they are instantly struck by the difference in the colour of the sea, the clarity of the water and the clearness of the skies. It is inland however, where the true natural beauty of Formentera lies.
Break day-tripping tradition and take a drive to the heart of the island to really embrace the island’s authenticity. Better yet, stay overnight, and spend more time exploring country laneways and forest walkways, whether in the glorious golden sunlight or under the magical moonlit skies, on foot, by bicycle or on a scooter. Fill your lungs with the unpolluted Formentera air, taking in the scent of pines and the sea as you start to truly connect with nature.
One of the most famous sights on the Formentera landscape, spotted as you drive along the main road that takes you up to the hilltop of La Mola, are enormous fig trees. They thrive on the dry land, growing further outwards than they do upwards, and local farmers work tirelessly to keep the branches supported from the ground level. Of course, this means fresh figs are in abundance come high summer – the lush, sweet fruit represents the taste of Formentera to those in the know.
It’s not just the flora of Formentera that is impressive; the fauna deserves a mention too. Under the fig trees when the sun reaches its peak, you’ll see sheep grazing and catching some shade, while later at sunset, you’ll hear the sound of birds tweeting in the tree tops. The Ibiza Wall Lizard is recognised as the symbol of Formentera, quite tame by nature, and found happily sunbathing on dry rocks or sand while surrounded by humans. Interestingly, these lizards boast the highest colour diversity of any reptile species on the planet, so don’t be surprised if no two creatures look alike.
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We will always love Ibiza, but the authentic Balearic spirit lives on in Formentera.