Four days, four friends and one beautiful island, my recent trip to Ibiza was a dream. I’d love to say I’m one of those cool people who just jets off to Ibiza for a casual weekend, but if I’m brutally honest, this was never penned as a classic ‘Ibiza’ holiday, whether it turned into one is another story… The tale about the night we got taken home in a police car is probably for another post…
For this trip, we were looking for some cheap sun so we could indulge in each other’s company; Ibiza offered us this for £100 including flights and accommodation! We stayed in Playa d’en Bossa in the cheap and cheerful Aparthotel Jabeque Soul, the inside was basic (and very clean!) but outside was paradise with white Balinese beds overlooking the sea and Ibiza town skyline.
I’m no Ibiza expert so I’m not going to tell you my suggestions for the main island. Instead, I want to tell you about the perfect day trip we took to Formentera, the smallest of the Balearic Islands; if you’re heading to Ibiza it really is a must visit.
1) The boat
Okay, so, this trip isn’t for the faint hearted, but it’s 100% worth the choppy journey! One out of the four of us was sick and the others definitely felt it, however I’m not convinced that wasn’t due to the evening of shots we were recovering from…
There are boats to Formentera all over Ibiza with two stops in Playa D’en Bossa, you’ll need to set an alarm though as the last boat to the island is at 12pm. There are several boat operators running the trip, but they all average around 20 euros for a return trip from Playa D’en Bossa.
2) The island transport
Whilst the island is only 82 sq km, you’ll definitely need a form of transportation to explore. Bikes, scooters and cars are the top choices and boat operators will try and sell you these at a ‘discounted rate’ (don’t feel pressured into this).
We only decided to rent a car when we arrived at Formentera and it was only 30 euros for the day. As well as the obvious road trip vibes it gave us, it meant we could see both the beaches and the town, which I doubt would have been possible or as fun on bikes and I certainly wouldn’t trust myself on a scooter!
3) The beach
Once we’d tuned in the radio of our little Clio for the all-important road trip, singing session (you know what I mean girls), we headed straight to the beach to see what Formentera had to offer us. We gasped in unison as we approached Illetes beach, its beauty is breath taking, the water is crystal clear and the beach is made of that soft, white sand you only think exists in the Carribean.
I don’t think my photos do it justice but hopefully they’ll persuade you to take a trip…
4) The restaurant
All that exploring is bound to leave you feeling hungry, so how does an authentic Spanish 3 course meal and a coffee for 12 euros sound?
We jumped back in the Clio and drove into town for lunch at La Sal. It’s suitably stylish, the white-washed wood and open kitchen oozed Ibiza. The first course was bread an aioli (obviously), followed by the least salady salad I’ve ever eaten – it was definitely focaccia with veg on top! However, the main event was the Paella, we shared two massive Paellas between us and could probably have fed another four people with the leftovers. This restaurant is a must do on Formentera, plus it’s surrounded by stunning boutiques, perfect for a spot of retail therapy after lunch.
Some more of my fave pics: