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For tranquility and Caribbean-style beaches just a few hours away from UK shores, you should consider holidays in Formentera, the quiet sibling of party paradise Ibiza.
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The tiny island of Formentera is part of Spain's sun-kissed Balearic Islands. Located to the south of Ibiza, the hushed resorts of Formentera feel like a world away from the clubbing hotspots of Ibiza, such as San Antonio Town. Here on Formentera, a tight clutch on building regulations has seen a careful and considered approach to development, especially around the pristine beaches - you won't catch sight of any ugly, high-rise blocks on this flat and beautiful island.
The Mediterranean Sea washes gently onto white sands on Formentera. A dazzling palette of jewel-like blues and greens paint the transparent waters around the shoreline and bathers can wade in for quite some distance before having to swim. These gorgeous and safe beaches are therefore perfect for families of all ages.
Travelling hippies paved the way for tourism on this sunny Spanish outpost some 50 years ago and a bohemian, relaxed vibe remains to this day. It is possible to hire a car in Formentera, though many visitors opt for two wheels and get about by bicycle under their own (environmentally friendly) steam.
All this is not to say that a Formentera holiday is without rainbow-coloured cocktails and crisp Spanish beers; the resort of Es Pujols is the liveliest on Formentera and its promenade is packed with friendly bars and family-run restaurants. The harbour town of La Savina, home to millionaire's yachts and a handful of excellent beaches, is another great base with just enough nightlife. The long sandy beach of Migjorn has also attracted hotels, restaurants and bars to the area.
Cheap holidays to Formentera are easy to come by, especially during the peak season on the island (find out more about that in our guide on when to go, below). Visitors arrive at Ibiza Airport and catch one of the fast and frequent ferries to Formentera. You will be glad you went that little bit further when your feet sink into pillow-soft sands and those warm azure waters welcome you in as the sun beats down.
In Formentera, all-inclusive hotels are not that common, so it pays to book early if you want this kind of holiday. Accommodation in Formentera is usually offered on a self-catering basis, or with breakfast included.
Booking in advance is essential if you want to secure your dream holiday on this small island. Use the TravelSupermarket search tool to compare prices on package holidays to Formentera.
*ATOL (Air Travel Organiser's Licence) is a financial protection scheme for package holidays: It provides support to consumers in the event their holiday provider collapses. Booking with an ATOL holder ensures that you won't be left out of pocket and you won't be left stranded abroad. All package holidays compared using TravelSupermarket are protected by ATOL.
ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) offers similar cover for packages booked with its members. However, while ATOL predominantly covers flight-based packages, ABTA covers non-flight based holidays (such as rail and cruise) and linked travel arrangements. If you are unsure whether or not your trip is covered by ABTA, check with your provider.
What's cheaper, an all-inclusive holiday or a self-catering break? There's more to it than you think. See which board type will save you more money on your next trip away.Read moreabout All-inclusive vs self-catering: The great holiday dilemma
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