Formentera / Secret Insider Black Book
Our UJ secret insider on Formentera first started visiting the island 20 years ago. It was a slow burning love affair that turned into a full-on addiction.
Better in Tiburon or Cala Saona where you’ll find chiringuitos and a cold mojito. Also fantastic in Faro Cap de Barbaria but no drinks served.
Unique seawater colour
See the most beautiful colours in Es Calo, Cala Saona and Illetas.
Illetas beach for swimming under the stars.
Mercadillo Artesanal de la Mola (Sundays and Wednesdays afternoon) – a great market for hippie bits and pieces. Don’t go early, stay till late… Music performers at the end of the day and drinks at Can Toni. And spend a night at Blue Bar for a better full moon.
Try the ensalada payesa (a typical salad from the island) and the peix sec de Formentera – a traditional dry fish you put in ensalada payesa or eat with bread made in a traditional way, no chemicals, pure bio and healthy.
Restaurants – reasonable
Pizzeria Macondo, Sant Ferran – best pizza
Café Matinal, Sant Francesc – best breakfast
Can Forn, Sant Ferran – traditional real island food, very homey people and very affordable
Cafeteria Sant Francesc – homey and popular place to have a very cheap but good meal
Rincon Gallego, La Sabina – great fish and very cheap
Restaurants – mid-range
El Pirata, Illetas – crowded but fantastic rice
Can Toni, La Mola – new and traditional, very good ambience
La Pequeña Isla, La Mola – traditional kitchen
Café del Lago, La Sabina – very nice place with sunset, best spaghetti vongole
Can Rafalet, Es Calo – traditional kitchen, unique views
Es Cupiña, La Sabina – good tapas in a marine ambience
Resaurants – expensive
Can Carlos, Sant Francesc – a fancy, glamorous place
Francesquino, La Sabina – exclusive and does great pizza
Sa Platgeta, Playa de Migjorn – traditional and fresh fish, very homey people
Es Codol Foradat, Sant Ferran – one of the best paellas on the island
Caminito, Es Pujols – expensive but very good meat, fancy and decadent
Flipper and Chiller, Playa de Migjorn – music, food and drinks, expensive but fantastic place
Where to drink
Fonda Plate, Sant Francesc
El Tiburon, Playa Illetas
Chiringuito, Cala Saona
Can Toni, La Mola
Fonda Pepe, Sant Ferran
The beach, Es Pujols
Nero Paco, Es Pujols
Blue Bar, Playa de Migjorn
Flipper and Chiller, Playa de Migjorn
- Don’t go to the supermarket or to the gas station after 5pm – that’s when thousands of tourists start going to stock up on food and refuel their motos.
- Always look for a beach that’s opposite to the way the wind blows.