GQ Magazine Formentera Island Map
GQ Magazine Formentera Island Map. GQ Magazine commissioned an illustration destination map of Formentera, the brief was to illustrate a nice and bright and summery feel. The map will have specific pinpointed areas of the island with locations to stay, villas to rent, places to party, drink and eat, as well as the keys towns of the island.
The map contains drawings of holiday features such as boats, Citroen Mehari, palm trees, beach bars, and the lighthouse that are found on the island. Details descriptions of the locations can be found below.
Gecko Beach Club
If you’re going down the hotel route then book a beach-facing suite at this secluded, luxury Bealeric-meets-Rivieria-style boutique resort on Platja Migjorn. Well-groomed but easy-going, big on yoga but with poolside cabanas made for nursing a mid-morning pick-me-up, Gecko’s got it all. This handily placed haven is a ten minute drive from San Francesc, but only a stroll along the sand away from most of the island’s most charming chiringuitos.
Hotel Cala Saona
If you plan on hitting up Formentera with your family and big, ballsy luxury hotels are usually your child-friendly thing, this is your ultimate island base. Set just off the shoreline of Cala Saona – a small-but-splendid West coast bay – you can see all the way to Ibiza from the sea-facing bedrooms. The shallow waters are ideal for the children’s ‘beach to pool and back again’ routine, while the beach bar’s killer caipirinhas are enough to satiate even the most stressed out parent.
If a private villa’s more your thing but you dig the easy-breeziness of resort life, head to celebrity bolthole Es Ram on the south side of the island. Nestled in a pine forest by the cliffs of La Mola, the resort has six secluded “viviendas” – and chic doesn’t even begin to cut it. Expect canopied beds, a wood-heavy natural color palette, swathes of white muslin and the bright pop of purple bougainvillea.
Little more than a shack, this rustic wooden chiringuito on Platja Migjorn is basic in the best possible sense – expect the proper barefooted bliss typical to Formentera. The vibe is super 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 ocean-side spot.
The Blue Bar
Also situated on the sandy stretch of Platja 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, all-blue bar. The Mediterranean menu makes for a choice laid-back lunch, but the big draw is still the music. Stop off post-dinner at Lucky Bar to hear owner Kaya play one of her ambient after-dark sets.
There’s no shortage of Italian food in Formentera, but if it’s unpretentious yet perfectly executed pasta your heart desires, then head here. Served straight from the pan, the seafood spaghetti here is worth rhapsodizing about. As is the service. Request the table under the canopy of the fig tree. If you’re in San Francisco for breakfast, then round the corner from El Gioviale is the brilliant, child-friendly Ca Na Pepe.
One of the few places in Formentera where you won’t feel out of place if you’re dressed up – and by dressing up, we mean wearing a lightweight shirt – this sophisticated seafood restaurant is one of the island’s ultimate long-haul lunch locations. Think bright white interiors, expansive ocean views, ice-cold rosé and stunning sashimi (plus traditional Mediterranean cuisine), with a sublime symbiosis between the music volume and amounts of alcohol, consumed come sunset.
Spend an idle afternoon at Beso Beach Club, where the usual drill is eating paella with your feet still in the sand. The whitewashed furniture fosters an unpretentious boho-beach-chic vibe, but don’t be fooled, as one of the best restaurants on Platja Illetes, this is still billionaire territory. These turquoise waters are where the Ibiza-set come to unwind. Arrive for your reservation by yacht, and expect to be brought in on the club’s own dingy.