Coming from Ibiza, expectations are high on how this neighbouring Island can keep the standards up and still have an own footprint. Formentera is different which you notice immediately as the crowd is predominantly Italian which is a nice change from the British and Dutch in Ibiza. Don’t expect the thought through concept bars and restaurants like you have in Ibiza. Formentera is more low-key, designs are sometimes a bit quirky, and it is much more chill. I joined Formentera for 5 days with a friend and have some nice tips for you on where to go for dinner and drinks.
Beso Beach restaurant – I would say my number one on the list. You’re not here to join the beach, because Llevant or Illetes further on probably have more of the aqua blue waters than what you see here, but you join for the service, the food, and the beautiful people. But make a reservation! We wanted to pop in with just two of us mid September and could not get a spot at our preferred time and day. We loved the extra’s in this restaurant, like the woman walking around for caviar tasting (9 euros a spoon), the ladies popping by asking whether you wanted a neck massage between courses (donation), the charity CD offered to protect the island (25 euros) and the small shop at the end selling merchandise. O yeah, and did I tell you the food was amazing?!
Blue bar – this is one of the quirky ones that I mentioned. The alien at the entrance and the smurf blue decorations, would make you run away as fast as possible from this place. But after we had been rejected by 3 restaurants because no reservation (Beso beach) or the kitchen was closed (it was 5pm), we decided we needed to kill some time with a drink and a snack. Meanwhile it was 6pm and on the staircase seating we had a lovely view at the sea, we could watch the sunset to our right and the DJ played some great tunes. The crowd built on closer to sunset and the place got a lovely vibe. Yeah, I would recommend this one, but I don’t think you want to join for dinner and please make sure you catch that pre sunset timing.
Flipper & Chiller beach restaurant – at Migjorn beach you will have the most amazing blue waters. With the sun beds which you will not find at each of the smaller beaches, and the nice food and service at Flipper & Chiller, this is a good spot to spend your afternoon. If you join Flipper & Chiller for lunch, you could do Piratubus for drinks and a sunset chill which is at the outskirts of this beach.
Sant Francesc – this is the main town for Fromentera, pretty much in the middle of the island. Besides from some lovely authentic shops, you also have a nice set of restaurant choices. I joined Big Store for a great breakfast in the morning. And then please be recommended to pop by Ca Na Pepe either for breakfast or for dinner. Can Joana restaurant has a nice hidden garden and while in the middle of this small town, it makes you feel away from the crowd.
Sant Ferran – we came here for our yoga and popped by Blat Picat for a nice breakfast. Made with love and dedication, the food was really nice. In this same village we bumped into an amazing performance of cumbia del monte on a random Friday night. We were just on our way to the car, but stopped with a bar La Garrafa when we heard a few nice tunes and intended to go for a night cab. We stayed another two hours as the local band played away a wonderful set and the crowd got enthusiastic supporting the band.
I bet the options for nice drinks and restaurants in Formentera will grow, but with the above options you are confirmed some great hours when enjoying your drinks and dinner.