Travel tips: holidays in Formentera and this week's best short breaks
Psychedelic sunsets in the Med, and weekends at home and away
Take me there: Formentera
Why go? It's a refuge for hippies, clubbed-out Ibiza veterans, Italian tourists by the boatload and the occasional supermodel, yet Formentera manages to hang on to its bohemian, below- the-radar charm. The sugar-soft beaches and psychedelic sunsets are among the best in the Med.
What to do
Hire a bike or scooter and set about finding your perfect beach: Illetes for people-watching, Migjorn for dazzling white sands, Llevant to escape the crowds (and your clothes). Wade out to the deserted isle of Espalmador to wallow in the natural hot mud springs. Shop for jewellery and clothing at El Pilar de la Mola artisan market (Wednesdays and Sundays).
Where to eat
Formentera has no shortage of beach-front restaurants, but Es Caló, in the little fishing village of the same name, is one of the best, serving up paella, seafood platters and grilled fish a pebble's throw from the ocean (restauranteescalo.com) .
Where to stay Fall asleep to the sound of the waves at Talaya, a collection of 10 simple-but-stylish studios and bungalows behind the dunes at Migjorn beach (from €140 a night, talayaformentera.es).
"It's magical to watch the sunset from the lighthouse at Cap de Barbaria," says Jax Lysycia, who runs the wildly popular Formentera Yoga retreats (formenterayoga.com). "On a clear day you can s...