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The magic of late summer charters

Make no mistake – just because the season has changed doesn’t mean we’re calling it quits on the water just yet.

October is on the horizon and the allure of late summer sun beckons those seeking downtime before winter officially kicks in. The cusp of the season is a Formentera lover’s best-kept secret; the weather is glorious, the beaches are peaceful, it’s easy to get a reservation in the best restaurants and – here’s the best bit – boat charter prices drop considerably now that peak summer is over. Many Ibiza residents would argue October is indeed the very best time to visit our sister isle – a true paradise that’s right on our doorstep.

In summer, Espalmador – the uninhabited islet leading into the main island of Formentera – is famous for becoming somewhat of a parking lot for luxury yachts, as every man and their seafaring dog anchors up to enjoy the super shallow, turquoise water, golden sands, natural mud baths and stunning views. Literally hundreds of boats bob side by side on the crystalline water, competing for space – by October however, the traffic has cleared and Espalmador becomes the desert island paradise it once was. An ideal place to pack a picnic and head ashore, you won’t find any amenities here however the authentic bohemian vibes far outweigh the need for luxury. Bring a bat and ball, bring your besties and bring your banter – there’s no music and no WiFi, so you’ll need to go back to old fashioned face-to-face conversations.

Once you reach Formentera, the island is your oyster. Those wanting a taste of the jet-set life on Illetes can easily find a sunbed or a table in those impossible-to-reserve restaurants with no problems on a late summer day. Waiters are all smiles, the fish is the freshest, the cava sangria bubbly and inviting – what’s not to love? Your skipper can also whizz you around the coastline to experience the beautiful caves at Cala Saona – minus the fleet of superyachts whizzing alongside you – before sailing back into Ibiza as the sun starts to set before your eyes. An unforgettable October experience.

There’s one other end-of-season secret Ibiza locals keep well-guarded, and that is the west coast of Ibiza. San Antonio itineraries are often overlooked in favour of our sister isle, and yet as the summer draws to a close, it’s this side of the island where you can stay on the water right up until the sun sets. Cruise around Cala Conta, Cala Bassa, Cala Gracio, Cala Salada and across to Islas Margaritas – all spectacular sights within their own right, made even more beautiful with the arrival of the famous autumn golden light. Make no mistake – just because the season has changed doesn’t mean we’re calling it quits on the water just yet.