Formentera is a small and quiet island, perfect for those who want to relax. Long beaches, golden coves, clear sea and cereal fields make Formentera a real paradise, so much so that the island has been declared a Natural Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
When and how to go
The climate of Formentera, the southernmost and mildest of the Balearic Islands, is Mediterranean, with mild and fairly rainy winters, and warm and sunny summers. The maximum temperatures are on average 30 ° C in August (the hottest month), 26 ° C in June and 28 ° C in September. Spring, from March to May, is mild, but it is a bit unstable, until April or mid-May, when windy and rainy days are possible, with a bit of cold at night. Formentera is never as crowded as the other Balearic islands, so it is an ideal destination even in the height of summer, when temperatures reach around 29 ºC. July is the best month. Tourists leave Formentera promptly in mid-September, after which the island collapses in a low-season slumber, its beaches are deserted, bars and restaurants closed and silent; and the island returns in full possession of farmers and fishermen. Autumn, from mid-September to November, is pleasantly warm at first, and then gradually becomes milder. There can be long periods of good weather, but also periods of bad weather, with wind and rain. Formentera is a real island, as it does not have an airport and can only be reached by sea. This makes getting there a little more difficult and expensive. However, the virtues of Formentera - the wonderful state of conservation, tranquility, etc - are largely due to such isolation. The arrival in Formentera is through the island of Ibiza, which is easily reachable by plane or by sea from various ports of the peninsula: Valencia, Denia and Barcelona. During the high season the boats of the Baleària company connect the port of Denia and that of Formentera without passing through the island of Ibiza. Once in Ibiza, there are various companies that manage boats to reach the port of La Savina - the only way of entry and exit of the island - that cover the route every day of the week, with different frequency depending on the period of the year. It takes 25 minutes to navigate between the port of Ibiza and La Savina, through the many islands located between the two islands: Espalmador, Penjats, Malvins, Porcs, etc.
Getting around in Formentera
The public transport system in Formentera does not cover the whole island. This is due to the particularity and size of its main rural roads. Bicycles and scooters are the ideal means of transport in a place where nobody is ever in a hurry and the slopes are modest. Regular buses during the summer season go to all parts of the island from the port, where most tourists arrive by ferry, but are less frequent during the winter months. Normally they leave every half hour. When planning your bus trip, be sure to check that the bus stops at the desired destination, because strangely every bus stops at different stops. Formentera is about 20 km long, so a bike ride to explore the various towers of the pirates located in some of the most beautiful places on the coast would be only about 30 km and the island is rather flat. Formentera is crossed by Circuitos Verdes, picturesque walks and cycle paths. The best option, due to the small area of the island, is to rent a scooter and move along its more than 20 km of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Rent a scooter in Formentera and visit all the main attractions: the magical beach of Illetas, the deserted beach of Migjorn, the lighthouses with an infinite view of the Mediterranean or the belvedere where you have the whole island of Formentera at your feet.
What to taste of the Spanish cuisine
What makes Spanish cuisine special - and even that of Formentera - is its freshness, regional dishes, and the abundant availability of quality seafood. Go to any of the most important food markets in Spain and you will see a great variety of products. One of the typical Spanish dishes is paella. The paella is a dish of rice, usually cooked either with seafood, pork, rabbit or chicken and seasoned with saffron. It is traditionally a dish of eastern Spain, but with varying quality can be found in almost all tourist areas. People who like seafood can take advantage of the abundant availability of squid, fish and seafood dishes, particularly in southern Spain. In Eastern Spain, one could consider Suquet's order, a tomato stew of fish, shellfish, potatoes and wine, flavored with saffron. Around Madrid and central Spain there are plenty of variations on Spanish regional dishes, and it is also a region known for its game, pheasant, partridge and wild boar dishes. The Catalan cuisine boasts some of the best dishes in Spain, and is rich in dishes based on meat, poultry, game, fruit and vegetables. These can be combined in unusual and delicious combinations: meat and fish (a genus known as Mar i muntanya - 'the sea and the mountain'), poultry and fruit, fish and nuts. The essence of Catalan food lies in its sauces for meat and fish. The wine accompanies almost every meal. Spanish wine is robust due to the sunny climate. Among other drinks we can not forget the sangria, wine with fruit punch, sometimes elongated with brandy, and of course the cerveza (beer). The typical Spanish breakfast is a coffee accompanied by a kind of pastry. Those who prefer savory, can choose for a ham and cheese toast or butter with something else. In Spain, coffee, which is certainly preferred to tea, is strong and slightly bitter.
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