White Ibiza loves Formentera
Photography by Ana Lui
There is something undeniably romantic about Ibiza’s sister isle, Formentera. The romance lies in her simplicity. Her beauty. Her sense of freedom. Indeed, the smallest of the Balearics has inspired love for decades – be it the love felt for a partner or friends and family, the love of nature or a true love for life. When you set foot onto this paradisiacal outpost, just three nautical miles from Ibiza, all you need is love…
Being only accessible by boat makes the journey to Formentera romantic in itself. As you head out of Ibiza’s port in the early morning – a little bleary-eyed, clutching a café con leche in one hand and your partner’s hand in the other – the iconic silhouette of Dalt Vila slowly fades into the background, as does the hustle and bustle of the increasingly commercialised white isle. Formentera represents a new hope on the seemingly distant horizon, and the weight of the world slips off your shoulders as you gain speed across the Med.
Magazines often speak of the magical combination of sun-kissed skin, sandy feet and salty kisses and nowhere is this more evident than on the beaches of Formentera. Couples wade into the shallow clear water and kiss passionately for hours on end, or lie intertwined, deep in conversation, on oversized sarongs in the sand. It’s not overtly sexual, yet there is an air of sensuality and liberation in Formentera, where bathing suits are optional and there isn’t a whole lot to do apart from, well…
The darkly romantic film Sex & Lucía paid testament to Formentera’s inherent sensual nature, with the sultry Paz Vega epitomising a free-spirited Mediterranean siren. There was sex in the sea; sex on the sand; sex under the stars – and while you aren’t likely to witness any of that in reality, the wildly romantic nature of the island and its inhabitants still reflect the values of the original 1967 summer of love. Fast forward 50 years and nothing has changed in Formentera – the former social phenomenon is simply a way of life.