Blue Bar, Formentera

On Formentera, you’re always close to the coast and never far from a world-class food menu.

From seafood shacks and hippy hangouts to Italian eateries and contemporary caverns, this island is as foodie oasis. One will even send out a speedboat to bring you in.

Sure enough, going from beach to bar rarely requires more than a very short walk in Formentera.

Here’s five places you should checkout…

1Kiosks 62

Little more than a shack, this rustic wooden chiringuito on Platja de Migjorn is basic in the best way possible – expect Formentera’s typical barefooted bliss.The vibe is relaxed and friendly, despite the first-class cocktails and excellent potential for people watching. Head down late in the afternoon for a sundowner (or several) and watch the skies turn pink from this prime coastal spot.

2The Blue Bar

Also situated on the sandy stretch of Platja de Migjorn, this has been a hippy hangout since the Sixties. A mecca for musicians, legend has it that Bob Marley, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix frequented this trippy bar. The Mediterranean menu makes menu makes for a laid-back lunch, but the big draw is still the music. Stop off after drinks at Lucky Beach Bar to hear owner Kaya play one of her ambient after-dark sets.

310.7

One of the few places in Formentera where you won’t feel out of place if you’re dressed up – by which we mean wearing a shirt or a skirt – this sophisticated seafood restaurant is one of the island’s best lunch locations. Think expansive sea views and stunning sashimi (plus traditional Med cuisine) with a sublime symbiosis between the music volume and the amount of alcohol consumed come sunset.

4El Gioviale

There’s no shortage of Italian food in Formentera, but if it’s unpretentious yet perfectly executed pasta your heart desires, head here. Served straight from the pan, the seafood spaghetti is worth rhapsodising over, as is the service. Request the table under the canopy of the fig tree.

5Beso Beach

Spend an idle afternoon at Beso Beach eating out-of-this-world paella with you feet still in the sand. The palm-lined roof fosters an unpretentious beach-chic vibe, but don’t be fooled, as one of the best restaurants on Platja de Ses Illetes, with a menu
by famous Catalan chef Carles Abelian, this is still billionaire territory. Arrive for your reservation by yacht and the club will send out a speedboat to bring you in.

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