White Ibiza loves Formentera
Photography by Ana Lui
Ibiza’s little sister island is just a 30-minute picturesque boat ride away, but the reality is, once you’ve stepped onto the shores of Formentera, it’s another world entirely. It’s almost like stepping back in time, into a postcard from Spain in the 1970s, such is its unspoilt beauty, laidback ambience and refreshingly low-key lifestyle.
Life is simple in Formentera. As crystal clear water laps the shoreline, glamorous European couples play bat-and-ball alongside families in the water, a nod back to the days before iPads were a regular sight on the beach. As for mobile phones? Who needs them? Half the beaches on this tiny island don’t even have reception, creating a magical, off-the-grid tranquillity reminiscent of days gone by.
Formentera history tells of Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan writing music in lighthouses and windmills. The hostel and bar of Fonda Pepe in San Ferran proudly displays photos of the time Bob Marley performed an impromptu set here. The furnishings, the chequered tiled floors, and indeed, the bar staff remain the same, just shy of 40 years on.
Music in Formentera clings on firmly to the past – to those times when songs had real meaning and the artists behind them were true poets, pioneers of their time. You won’t hear house music blaring from bars or restaurants here – the island’s soundtrack is pure rock and folk. Think The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, Janis Joplin and the aforementioned Floyd, Dylan and Marley.
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We will always love Ibiza, but the authentic Balearic spirit lives on in Formentera.