Ask anyone who lives in Ibiza however, and they’ll tell you that Formentera’s true magic is found further inland, and around the coast. As you drive out of the port and village of La Savina, you’ll quickly come into one of the island’s ‘major’ (yet tiny) villages, Sant Francesc – by day, it could be compared to a ghost town, as life in Formentera is definitely lived by the water, but once the sun sets, this is the place to be for fantastic food, a buzzing atmosphere and sensational people watching. A beautiful church takes pride of place in the cobblestone square, often the location of live concerts and fiestas in summer – the highlight being the town’s signature Flower Power party.
Two of Formentera’s most renowned fine dining restaurants sit just on the cusp of Sant Francesc – Ca Na Joana, set in a 17th century finca dripping with bougainvillea and serving up Mediterranean classics, and Can Carlos, a fairy-lit haven with an Italian-influenced menu that also showcases the best of Formentera. For a more laid-back vibe, vibrant corner restaurant Casadela serves up artisanal pasta, hip and healthy hangout Bona Espina keeps things on a fresh and light Mediterranean tip while Japoneria Bufambo is Formentera’s number one sushi spot. Right by the church, Ca Na Pepa is an island local’s favourite.