We had researched this beautiful island and were told it was the european version of the Seychelles, beautiful white sandy beaches on a secluded island. Now we’ve never been to the Seychelles but we can tell you this island is simply stunning.
We enjoyed an hour and a half boat trip to the island, which was lovely in itself. Sailing along the coast of Ibiza and stopping at 3 places to pick up more passengers was a fun adventure whilst enjoying the breeze from being at sea and topping up the tan.
We arrived to the port and headed straight of the boat to the bike shop to rent some bikes for the day. We were initially told it was 10 euros each, but we knew from research we could get it cheaper so we walked away. This worked and the man said we could have them for 6 euros each – which is what we had seen online! We hired 3 bikes and off we went.
Formentera is designed for bikes and all we had to do was follow a line drawn on the road and that was our route sorted. We headed north and to the famous beach of Playa de Ses Illetes along a dirt track, obviously taking lots of selfies as we went, we even tackled cycling whilst holding a selfie stick – its thats not multitasking what is?!
We chilled on the beach and had a cheeky dip in the sea (it was cold!). We were starting to feel peckish so tucked into our sandwiches that we had made (cough stole!) from breakfast!
After this it was back on the bikes with the intention of heading to Es Pujols the next village along the coast…… Now it wouldn’t be a trip with us three without a bit of drama, we were minding our own business and cycling along the road back from the beach when a taxi was letting its passengers out. Annabel was cycling in the front and thought the taxi was pulling out, she swerved to avoid and and next minute limbs are everywhere and she is crashing to the floor! She stands up quickly and dragging the bike along the gravel goes over to the taxi man to give him a piece of her mind! The poor passengers were so confused and bewildered not knowing what to do!
Anyway, its time to get back on the bikes and continue with the ride, however the back wheel doesn’t move, the hub cap thing has moved and the wheel is stuck underneath it and the breaks have also moved and are locking the wheel in a strange place. Now just imagine, three girls looking at a bike not knowing what to do. We are shoving the wheel and trying to move parts of the bike to free the wheel with no luck.
Luckily a lovely Spanish man helped us fix the bike, well I say fix he managed to unlock the break so the wheel could move again. We thought it would be best to stop off at the bike shop and swap the bike before we carried on our adventure.
Next up we decided to cycle where we intended on going, although it would be a 6km ride due to the slight incident ! The route to the beautiful little village called Es Pujols was stunning, we saw so many salt lakes which were shimmering pink in the sunshine. The sun was scorching hot and we needed some shade asap. As soon as we arrived at the village we stopped off at a little cafe and ordered three iced coffee.
The boat was leaving to get back to Ibiza at 5:15 and it was already 3 o’clock so we had a quick walk around the village snapping away on our cameras and browsing in the local shops. If we were to stay on the island we all agreed we would definitely choose Es Pujols as it was a lot quieter and the beach was absolutely stunning, not to mention the variety of shops and restaurants, there ever appeared to be a club!!
We had a down hill cycle on the way home which was lush. When we were nearly back we stopped off at one of the salt lakes because we has been fascinated by them all day. The salt marsh looked incredible and was an incredible dusty pink. Even though there were signs telling you not to trespass we quickly picked up a teeny bit of salt to smell and taste – rebels!
We gave the bikes back and still have just under an hour until the boat. We wandered the super expensive market and then this amazing ice cream shop caught our attention and we just had to try it. The concept was ice cream that had been set in a ice lolly shape. The ice lolly was then dipped in melted chocolate and then covered in a topping of your choice and frozen instantly. It was so cool and super tasty too. There were lots of flavours to choose from including, pistachio, yoghurt, banana and chocolate. The ice cream could be covered in cookies, nuts or fruit.
It was finally time to get back on our boat and enjoy the breezy journey back to Es Canar. Whilst on board we treated ourselves to a corona each. This was an experience in itself where the staff member carved a slice of lemon out and then proceeded to shake our corona bottles – it was all very odd, but of course we managed to capture the whole thing on video.
Formentera is such a stunning island and we would love to return. It would be great to spend a long weekend on the island exploring everything it has to offer. Maybe one day when we are rich we could even take our yacht to the beautiful island, although we would need to make sure our yacht had a slide!