It’s no secret that we’re passionate about good food at Maven Collection. And as anyone who’s been to Formentera knows, this Balearic gem boasts some seriously good spots to eat – most of them serving up freshly-caught seafood accompanied by dreamy coastal views. Whether you’re hankering after some plump sizzling gambas or a rich earthy paella, read on for our pick of the best restaurants in Formentera.
Formentera's Best Restaurants
Sharing the name of its tranquil cove on this lesser-trod corner of Formentera, Es Caló offers some wonderfully authentic traditional fare. Dine on locally caught prawns or flame-grilled squid under the dapple of bamboo-filtered sunlight. Expertly prepared dishes are accompanied by gorgeous panoramas over the scenic north coast, and their paella is amongst the best on the island. But save some room for afters… their dessert menu will make you glad you did.
Juan y Andrea
Founded by a Formentera fisherman in 1972, this landmark eatery on the iconic Playa de Ses Illetes is among the island’s best known. Instantly recognisable by the tall palm trees that seem to sprout through its canopy, it’s one of Formentera’s top see-and-be-seen spots. Many of the tables are set up right on the sand, so you can gaze out over the shimmering water while you sample their super-fresh seafood. Despite spendy prices, it’s nearly always packed, so best reserve your table ahead of time.
Es Moli de Sal
Perhaps our favourite of Formentera’s restaurants, Es Molí de Sal gets its name from its original incarnation as a salt mill. It’s set high up on a rocky outcrop just south of Playa de Ses Illetes with superb vistas up and down the coast. Their menu features all the traditional classics, from calamares to croquettes, but cooked to a very high standard. Don’t miss the simple-yet-outrageously-good vanilla and chocolate sauce for dessert, and afterwards flop on their chill-out deck to catch the spectacular sunset.
Es Codol Fordat
With seasoned Spanish chef Nandu Jubany at the helm, it’s no wonder Es Codol Forgat is the foodies’ choice. His son also did a great job on the interior design, hitting that chiringuito-deluxe vibe bang on. A mouthwateringly assured menu draws from a mix of island traditions and Spanish favourites, with the obligatory leaning towards the fruits of the sea. After lunch, the tiny cove here makes the perfect spot for a post-meal siesta besides some of the clearest waters on the island.
Going back to its roots, Casa Pacha captures the essence of that simple blissed-out Balearic vibe. The buzz around this place is completely justified, with its combination of remote beachfront setting, laid-back sceney vibe, and top-notch Mediterranean menu. The ethos behind the food is understated, home-style cooking where fresh-from-the-sea fish is grilled whole with seasonal sides. Sunset DJs help summon up that quintessential summer mood.
Often booked up months in advance, this beachside chiringuito is renowned as one of the most fun-filled places to refuel. It’s particularly popular with people arriving by boat who join an up-for-it crowd for long lunches, potent cocktails and chilled fizz. The menu is Mediterranean cuisine with touches of Basque, so expect the freshest seafood alongside perfectly cooked meats – all a short stroll from the gorgeous Cala d’en Borras beach.