I am a sun chaser. I can't stand lousy weather where I can't be outside! The weather more often than not reflects my mood, pathetic fallacy is me to a T. Throughout the colder winter months in Australia I generally tend to escape the weather and head away in search of some warmer shores. Although, admittedly, Australian winters are something to be envied, it rarely gets below 10c and usually it is sunshine, minimal rain and clear skies throughout. I seem to be the laughing stock when I tell my overseas friends ‘it got to 15c today, freezing!’
This year, in July, I found myself in Formentera. A beautiful little Spanish island in the Balearics about 30 min speedy boat ride from Ibiza. Turquoise crystal clear waters, bleach blonde sandy shores, an untapped authenticity, fresh food and friendly locals, paradise.
We booked a charming homestay through Air Bnb. The owner, Pepe was the loveliest most welcoming man. He himself, was born and raised on the island and ran a restaurant with his sons, using the fresh produce he grew from his land. Every morning Pepe would place terracotta bowls full of his mornings fresh pickings on the dining room table for us to enjoy. Everything from orange, herbs, figs to the tastiest tomatoes i’ve ever tried. It was such a charming experience to be able to stay in Pepes house as it still retains a true bona fide essence. I fell in love with his way of life, his happiness and appreciation for the little things in life and his pride as he would share stories and food with us.
The island speaks for itself; untouched beauty. There are many little coves and different types of beaches you can head to, some private and others you may have to share. Peak season is July through to August, these months also been the warmest. I recommend you hire a car to hop about, a scooter will also suffice but can be tricky if you aren't 100% competent as most of the roads and dirt and stones, especially down to the beaches.
I hope you too may find yourself in Formentera one day, feasting on Pepes peaches!