Formentera, Balearic Islands
Located a short ferry ride away from the world-famous party island Ibiza, Formenterais altogether more relaxed and more low-key than its neighbour. The landscape is, however, just as picture-perfect, complete with turquoise waters and white sand beaches dotted with palm trees and buzzing beach bars. Life on this Balearic islandexists at an altogether different pace and offers guests a chance to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle at its finest.
When it comes to summer destinations in Portugal, the Algarve is usually the first thing to come to mind, yet if you’re looking to escape the crowds, the Alentejo offers much quieter beaches. Running along the coast from Lisbon down to the Algarve, the Alentejo includes a vast stretch of Atlantic coastline with some fantastic surf spots and sleepy villages such as Comporta and Porto das Barcas. It’s also a major wine-producing region, offering some juicy, full-bodied reds that are the perfect accompaniment to the hearty local fare.