On a 3-day trip to Ibiza, we spent our last day on the neighbouring island of Formentera, a 82sqkm island, 40 minutes from Ibiza by boat.
The catamaran we took departs from a dock in Playa d’en Bossa at various intervals before noon, and returns to Ibiza from 5pm onwards. You don’t need to book tickets in advance (although you could, if you’re worried about capacity) – showing up to the departure dock 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time to buy a ticket worked out well for us. Exact departure times depend on what company you book your boat ride with.
We caught the noon ferry from the dock, and paid €22/person round-trip, with an additional €25 for a motorbike rental. It’s cheaper to pay for your rental with your ticket, rather than waiting until you get onto Formentera.
We also had the option of renting regular bicycles (€6), or a car (€45), or paying for some sort of bus tour, but a scooter seemed like the coolest way to experience the island.
On Formentera, there are several beautiful beaches (Cala Saona, Ses Illetes, Es Calo, and Platjes de Mitjorn, to name a few) but if you’re planning on laying around for a couple of hours, you probably will only have time to visit one or two on a day trip.
At the most Soutern tip of the island, we visited the Cap de Barbaria Lighthouse, which has historical significance on the island. Nothing to write home about, as we were more impressed by the beautiful and expansive view of the Mediterranean Sea.
The highlight of Formenterra for me was exploring the island on the back of a scooter, with my boyfriend driving. There’s something freeing about being on a long stretch of highway, with little traffic, enjoying the 25 degrees of sunny weather in October, especially when you know the weather is not as great back home.
I wouldn’t say Formeterra is a must-do, as you can get equally beautiful beaches and ocean views on Ibiza, but if you want a more chill day to explore a quieter island, Formentera is an easy option.