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Holidaymakers jetting out of Gatwick, Heathrow and other south-eastern airports to Ibiza, might find themselves wanting a change of scenery from the party island to visit Formentera, just 10 nautical miles away.

The small Mediterranean island of Formentera is as laid-back and tranquil as its sister island Ibiza can be full-on. Ibiza's main harbour is large, mooring countless yachts. These need somewhere to sail to, so they transfer into La Savina, the port of Formentera. Formentera is 12 miles long and eight miles wide - and provides a great day out. Tourists trickle in from the port by bus to Es Pujols, Formentera's solitary tourist resort. The island's sandy beaches are maintained in immaculate condition and you can see picturesque varaderos along the beachfront. These are traditional shelters constructed from driftwood by Balearic fishermen to store their boats. And while Ibiza is hilly, Formentera is mainly flat, and so perfect for walking and cycling, particularly on its labyrinth of old footpaths, several leading to deserted coves. The island's ambience has inspired musicians, including Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Marley and Eric Clapton, who have all played here. The island also boasts friendly locals.

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