I recently wrote about how I could adapt to a life away from the ocean, but couldn’t get rid of the beach person inside me. I will always search for sun, ocean and sand to load up my batteries.
As much as I love traveling across a country (or region), and stopping to explore the wonders of its cities and landscapes, my job has taken away big part of my energy during the last few months. In June, for instance, I took 14 flights and 18 trains, which may sound very exciting but really wears one out. Specially if, in the mean time, you have a project involving a whole range of incompatible time zones, and also doing some serious online flat hunting for my move to London. So, as much as I would like to go choose to backpack Azerbaijan (no, really, I would love to do that), I’ve decided to give myself a little break.
I need vacations, people – and I mean real vacations this time. Vacations without worrying about finding an affordable hostel, missing a train or bus to the next destination, or waking up early to do some serious sightseeing.
And what better place to take a break and recharge my energy than at the beach in the Mediterranean?
That’s right – I’m off to Ibiza and Formentera! I’ll be exploring the streets of Eivissa and probably spend most of the saturday shopping for some serious hippy clothes and accessories in Las Delias market. On Sunday, 3 girlfriends will be joining and we’ll all cruise our way to Formentera – the best kept secret of the Balearic Islands, with a population of only 10.000 people!
What can one do on an isolated beach paradise?
Glad you asked! I’ve been working on a very intensive to-do list for my 7 days on the island.
- Take a morning swim – at sunrise.
- Take a nap at the beach.
- Eat sea food paella until my body is about to explode, and then have a 2 hour siesta.
- Prepare the best home-made mojitos (with authentic cuban rum!)
- Watch the sunset from the beach while drinking some beers.
- Ride a bicycle to another beach and/or to the other side of the island.
- Read – Read at the beach, on the couch, on the terrace. Book in one hand, tinto de verano in the other.
- Maybe even go to a nudist beach (I’m pretty sure there are lots of them)
- Visit one of its many traditional markets.
- Check out the underwater world – snorkeling and/or scuba diving (I read one can even find sea turtles!)
- And… take a kazillion pictures.
Someone tell me there’s nothing to do on a paradisiac island!
I’ll be off for the next 10 days, without a computer nor internet connection (I’m taking the hippy lifestyle seriously, you see). But I’ll be back with many stories and pictures (and probably a broader waistline). In the meantime, I hope you have a great time! Any particular plans for the next days?
Disclaimer: The pictures used in this post are not from Formentera (sorry) but from my summer holidays in Mexico a couple of years back. However, I do believe that they reflect quite well the type of vacation I’m having in the island!