The Balearic Islands are one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. Mallorca, the largest island, has been a mythical place since the middle of the last century and Menorca has been a mythical place for years. However, the two smaller populated islands, Ibiza and Formentera, are attracting our attention today.

From the seventies of the 20th century Ibiza was considered the paradise in Europe of the hippies… and also of the most extravagant and free people. And later, this symbol of freedom extended to Formentera. Two islands with clear waters and unique coves and beaches that have now become two places where the ecological and the worldly are combined, the peace of some corners and the fun.They are two islands where people dress informally and formally in various shades of white that contrasts with the blue of their skies and the transparency of their waters.

Photo: Sant Antonio Bay

Known worldwide for its vibrant nightlife, home to some of the biggest electronic music clubs such as Amnesia, Pachá, Privilege, Hi Ibiza, Space or Ushuaia, Ibiza (or Eivissa) has long been a destination for those who dance with a different rhythm, and although clubbers still flock to their unspoiled, sandy beaches, it remains a multi-sided island. Here you will find secluded coves and beaches of crystal clear turquoise waters to see the most beautiful sunsets of the Mediterranean, peaceful villages and gastronomic grandeur. A magical place beyond every dance floor where you can also enjoy peace, tranquility and healthy life.Throughout the island, you can breathe freedom and desire to live and have paradisiacal places, such as Sant Antoni de Portmany, Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Cala Portinatx or Santa Eulália.

Photo: Saladeta beach

Declared a World Heritage Site since 1999, one of the must-see visits is to be missed by Dalt Vila, the historic heart of the island. An old neighborhood surrounded by a large wall built in the XVI is characterized by its cobbled streets and exceptional views. There you can visit one of the sites of the Archaeological Museum of Ibiza, the other one is located in the necropolis of Puig des Molins; and also of the so-called bulwarks, stone spaces overlooking the sea where you can even celebrate outdoor parties and weddings. The most outstanding is the bastion of Saint Lucia, which dominates the harbor. Around it, a network of narrow streets with all kinds of artisan stalls and shops make the visitor’s delight, both day and night.

Photo: Dalt Vila

It is undeniable that Ibiza has countless places with spectacular charm like Can Marça, a stunning cave over 100.000 years old located on the cliff of Port de San Miguel, Cala San Miguel, Ideal for diving and snorkeling given the great diversity of marine species that inhabit this place, the beach of Las Salinas (Ses Salines) , Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta, the most valued of the island, the church of Santa Agnes de Corona, a temple dating from 1812 characteristic by its two doors, the vineyards of Sant Mateu, to taste the monastrell and garnacha grapes or the village Sant Carles de Peralta, one of the cradles of the hippy movement of the years 60 and 70.

Photo: Cave of Can Marça

Also must-see are the hippie markets located in the Dalias, Es Canar, Sant Jordi and Sant Joan de Labritja, the church of Puig de Missa, one of the four fortress temples that were erected on the island as a protection against the attack of the Turkish and North African corsairs, Sa Caleta (also known as Es Bol Nou) a beautiful cove in a fishing enclave where you can also see the Phoenician sites, look for the best hot spots to watch sunsets to the rhythm of chilout or the drums hippie in Cala Benirras, Es Vedrá, Caló des Moro, Talamanca, one of the most exlusive areas of ibiza or the mythical Café del Mar; and enjoy a matinee session in Bora Bora in Bossa beach. It is also worth approaching some coves that can be reached by land, where the water allows you to see the bottom with meridian clarity. The secret coves, which the locals call, and which are: SA Pedrera, which can be lowered if we are not afraid of doing so by a narrow road from the top of a cliff, or Cala D’Albarca, which can also be reached on foot with a little less difficulty. Cala Llentica is also worth a visit, with a beautiful wooden walkway entering the sea. And you can’t taste its excellent cuisine based on fresh fish and seafood, like the famous bullit de peix.

Photo: Sa pedrera in dHort Beach

Formentera is, however, the most fashionable destination today. An island of just over 80 square kilometers, longer than wide and accessible only by sea. There are many yachts and boats that anchor in the sea at the height of Ses Illetes beach and you can almost reach the shore by walking on the sand bottom.

Photo: Ses Illetes beach

Other beaches, preserved as natural heritage are those of Cala Saona, Es Pujols and Sa Roqueta. Few but cared for on this longitudinal island, of enormous and wild beauty, that goes from the Lighthouse of La Mola to Les Platgetes. You can also visit the hippies market of Es Pujols, Sant Ferran and La Mola.

Photo: Saona beach

Considered the Spanish Caribbean, Formentera is the natural pearl of the Balearic Islands and has become one of the main ecofriendly destinations for its applauded conservation of biodiversity and the natural wealth of its heritage. White, turquoise (known as Formentera blue, thanks to the Posidonia plant that bathes the Balearic Islands), green and gold, Formentera is a paradise of tranquility and beauty.

Photo: Sunset in Sa Roqueta beach

If we want to visit her, nothing will take us away. Both Formentera and Ibiza are idylllic and well-maintained destinations now and throughout the year.