Tourism: how to get around in Formentera

Formentera is a beautiful island and for this reason it is called the paradise of the Mediterranean. Its small size, has an extension of about 82 square kilometers and only 19 kilometers of roads, allow you to visit palm to palm, enjoying its beautiful beaches, villages, nature trails, coves, fields and coasts.

There are several ways to move around in Formentera and explore its wonders: by bike, motorbike, taxi, bus, on foot, and if you really can not do without the four wheels, even by car.

One of the most common ways to get around the island and reach the most beautiful places is by bike, which you can rent at very low prices. The whole island has a good network of cycle paths and paths that can be traveled by bike. Various maps and brochures of Formentera, which describe the routes, rural roads, vineyards, pine forests declared natural areas and dunes, are available at the tourist office.

Who rents bicycles: hikers, sport and nature lovers and, in the less hot periods, also families with teenagers.

If you are traveling with your family, with young children, and want to have the best possible autonomy, what you need is to turn to one of the many services that offer car rental Formentera. Remember! The seat belt is mandatory and depending on the age of your children, the car rental agency will advise you if a child seat is needed. The speed limit in Formentera is 70 km / h and the speed camera is ready to signal those who break the rule. However, you do not need to run, you’re on vacation!

The bike is another of the means used to move around the island, appreciated especially by young people and couples. The bike has many of the good things about the bike, like freedom of movement that offers the feeling of a direct contact with nature, the ease of reaching the most remote corner of the island and the accessibility to any parking. For this reason you will meet hundreds of motorcycles every day along the roads and paths of Formentera.

Formentera is a small island with a very wide and developed bus offer. Regular bus lines connect the main centers, both tourist and citizens, and the most characteristic beaches of the island. The stops are in places of main interest, such as El Pilar, Ca Marí, Mariland, es Caló, Sant Ferran, playa de Illetes, es Pujols, sa Roqueta, Sant Francesc Xavier and La Savina. Public transport services are available throughout the year and are strengthened during the summer.

Another vehicle with which you can move comfortably and quickly is the taxi, especially if you move in groups. The RadioTaxi service is available 24 hours a day; you can also find fixed stations at the port of La Savina, Es Pujols and Sant Francesc Xavier. The taxi service provides vehicles suitable for the transport of disabled people.

Another particularly exploited way in Formentera is the boat, which allows you to visit it directly from the sea. The costs are less contained, but it is the only way to take a bath far from the crowded beaches of tourists.

If you love walking and you feel untiring and adventurous, Formentera has enchanting views, caves, coves and beaches accessible only on foot. For tourists who like to walk, the Municipality of Formentera has prepared some routes to take advantage of the old rural roads and reach the most evocative localities of the territory.

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Dream trips: the Maldives resort with the slide to dive into the sea

Find the child in you: in the Maldives, in the Noonu Atoll, there is a resort with two-story villas equipped with a slide, to dive directly into the sea as soon as you wake up. It is one of the most beautiful, because built on the coral reef

Soneva Jani, a resort opened just over a year ago in the Maldives, around the island of Medhufaru, is located half an hour from the capital Male. It can only be reached by seaplane, which lands at the floating airport, or by motorboat. The 24 overwater villas are set on a beautiful lagoon of crystal clear water, connected to each other by a wooden walkway. Each has a private 13-meter pool where lucky guests can sunbathe and relax overlooking the lagoon or dive directly into the ocean via a slide.

Soneva Jani, from the name of the two owners of the structure, Sonu Shivdasani, a British Indian who 20 years ago with his wife Eva discovered the island on their honeymoon (over the years have opened other resorts), focuses on responsible tourism and eco sustainable. The pools use desalinated sea water while the villas are built above the lagoon so as not to damage the coral reef. Furthermore, waste is treated in order not to throw away anything.

At guests’ disposal there are also an astronomical observatory and an open-air cinema. To protect the nesting of sea turtles and wildlife, viewers can watch the movie with Bluetooth headphones.

Some of the villas on the water also have a retractable roof to admire the stars from the bedroom. A holiday in the luxury resort, however, has its price: six nights in one of the villas (550 square meters, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, for 4 people) start at 20,000 euros.

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Sailing and DJ sets, monasteries and lighthouses: a round of ideas for the sea in Croatia

 

Destination for all tastes, targets and pockets, in Croatia you can range from the exclusive and fashionable Hvar to the rugged and wild beauty of the Kamenjak peninsula, south of Pula. In addition to postcard images, such as Zlatni Rat, the beach of the island of Brac that draws the famous tongue of golden sand, the beautiful season on the way offers the opportunity to discover some places, more or less known, in pairs, with the family or with friends.

 

If the idea is to get out of the usual tourist routes, you can let yourself be lulled by the sound of the sea in the coastal towns of Dramalj and Jadranovo and then sail to the island of Mljet. The latter, characterized by expanses of olive trees, vineyards and thick woods is among the greenest and most hidden of the Adriatic. Still on the subject of alternative holidays, water sports enthusiasts lurk between the island of Cres, the largest of the Adriatic, an undisputed paradise for sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and kayaking, and the island of Rab. Among the favorite places of Croatian nautical tourism, on the so-called “island of happiness” you can even afford the thrill of the parasail, an adrenaline flight with a parachute pulled by a motor boat.

Among the most popular destinations for youngsters, the so-called “Croatian Ibiza” Pag stands out unopposed. With Zrce Beach, the popular 24-hour beach, the best international DJs and the famous clubs Papaya, Calypso, Aquarius and Noah Club, it is a timeless guarantee for the fans of discos and parties from all over the world.

Those who prefer to take a bath in a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere can then opt for the mysticism of the tiny island of Lokrum, with its Benedictine monastery, which can be reached by a quarter of an hour’s boat from Dubrovnik, or choose the beautiful bay of pebbles of Senjavac, the cult destination of naturists overlooking the Gulf of Kvarner.

To experience a truly different experience, finally, you can experience the thrill of being, at least once in your life, the lighthouse keepers. Where is it? In Pločica, staying in the lighthouse located between the islands of Korčula, Hvar and the Pelješac peninsula, in Veli Rat, in the building built on the northwest promontory of Dugi Otok, near the Porer lighthouse, well planted on the islet of the same name a short distance from the Istrian village of Premantura or, again, to the island of Palagruža, a “galla” between the Italian and Croatian coasts.

Balearic and sport, a paradise for those who want an active holiday

Scuba diving, kayaking and sailing, but also land activities such as cycling, horse riding, golf and much more for those who prefer a sporting holiday.
Balearic and sport, a paradise for those who want an active holiday
The Balearic archipelago – Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera – is a true paradise for those who love adventure and outdoor sports. On these islands it is possible to immerse yourself in the uncontaminated nature and explore the inland territories in total freedom. Thanks to their particular topography and favorable climate, these islands offer year-round a fertile territory for sporting activities – on land, at sea and even in the air – and attract tourists because of the breathtaking views you can enjoy: panoramic points, caves overlooking the sea, rugged coastline, but also green paths and long sandy beaches. All these places are ideal for sports activities linked to nature, from mountain biking to trekking, diving, kayaking and windsurfing. On the islands the specialized structures are improved from year to year, always offering maximum security. Also on the islands, if you do not have any equipment, you can find a wide range of specialized shops that sell all the necessary equipment to practice these sports.
The island of Mallorca boasts first-class sports facilities: a football stadium, a velodrome and a large number of golf courses. Moreover, Mallorca is internationally renowned for the nautical competitions held every summer in the waters just off its coast and for the trot races that take place almost every weekend in the racetracks of Palma and Manacor. The most active visitors can choose from a wide range of sports: for team game lovers there are beach volleyball tournaments, football or tennis matches; for those who prefer water activities there are swimming, sailing, windsurfing, but also scuba diving and water skiing competitions; for those who prefer more adrenaline-like activities there are flights in hang-gliding, parachuting and rock climbing. The mountainous landscapes of the island lend themselves to explorations by bicycle, an example is the Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain chain full of gorges and canyons that stretches along the north-western coast, which during the summer hosts on its trails cycling competitions , while the steepest routes and bumps are perfect for mountain biking.
On the island of Menorca one of the favorite activities by sport lovers is Kayak, a simple sport with which you can have fun alone or in a couple, on board this small boat that allows you to travel the coastline centimeter by centimeter, succeeding to discover magnificent places such as coves or caves accessible only by sea. On land, instead, you can discover the internal rural area, bordered by stone walls that cross the whole territory, practicing activities ranging from a simple walk through the hills to the rides. Among the various excursions the most striking is the Cami de Cavalls, the path of the horses, thanks to which you can cross all the landscapes of the island, prairies, beaches, medieval villages and woods, following a pre-established itinerary along a path that is articulated for about 185km.
Its location and climate make Ibiza a perfect place for any kind of outdoor sports. This island offers a varied panorama of breathtaking trails to be enjoyed in complete tranquility on foot or by bike, and hosts periodically numerous competitions for professionals, including cycling and mountain biking, triathlon and marathons, by sea and by land. Throughout the year it is possible to practice sports such as surfing, windsurfing and scuba diving, but also to explore the island on board a kayak or, for speed enthusiasts, in motocross.
Formentera is the island of the archipelago in which to enjoy the days with more calm, but there are also opportunities for outdoor sports. You can visit the island by bike along the flat trails or get on a hill in motion to admire the view from the inlets and coves that characterize the coast. In Formentera there are 32 circuits that can be explored on foot so as to be able to reach places not visible from the road and not accessible by car or motorbike. These paths, made of paths that are intertwined for over 100 km, are the perfect place to practice Nordic walking, Nordic walking, a simple activity for which you only need to get sticks. But those who really want to enjoy the calm and peace of these places can practice birdwatching, that is to observe the birds and with them all the fauna and flora of the island.

8 happy and hippy addresses in Ibiza

 

The author of the new book “Ibiza Bohemia” reveals the most “freak” places on the Balearic island. To shop, sleep and meditate

Well before the VIPs (see under Belén, Alessia Marcuzzi and Federica Nargi), Ibiza has been for years the cult island of flower children, coming from all over the world and attracted by its uncontaminated nature. To remind us of the hippy past of the famous “Isla Blanca”, among the most loved islands in the Mediterranean, is the new book “Ibiza Bohemia” (Assouline) by Renu Kashyap, stylist who has moved here with her family since 2012 and today he wanted to honor his new “homeland”.

From the beaches where bongos play to peaceful shelters where they practice yoga, the hippie-chic atmosphere of Ibiza, belonging to the group of the Balearic Islands, is its hallmark, explains Renu in his book (full of beautiful photographs), so much so that the dress code – good from morning till evening – provides a pareo, flip-flops and at most some ethnic collanina.

Landing for artists, creatives and musicians from all over the world (including Mick Jagger and Kate Moss), since the Summer of Love its freak mood has remained intact, especially in some magical places.