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Getaway (South Africa) - - TRAVEL THE BALEARICS -

GET­TING THERE

Ibe­ria flies from Joburg to Ibiza (via Madrid) for around R12 000 re­turn (ibe­ria.com). It’s cheaper dur­ing the week, with low­est fares of­ten on Tues­days and Wed­nes­days. The low-cost Aquabus be­tween Ibiza Town and For­mentera is R232 one way, R450 re­turn (R300 if same day). aquabus­fer­ry­boats.com

NEED TO KNOW

South Africans need a Schen­gen visa to visit Spain. It costs R964 (sa.bls­s­painvisa.com). The is­land gets busy in the peak sum­mer sea­son, July and Au­gust, but the weather stays balmy well into Oc­to­ber. To cut costs, look for Groupon spe­cials in Ibiza and For­mentera (groupon.es).

STAY HERE

I would avoid Es Pu­jols, the is­land’s bling side, on the north coast. Cut costs by stay­ing in self-cater­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion. Vivienda Bo­hemia, over­look­ing the Es­tany des Peix near Sant Francesc Xavier, is a typ­i­cal old is­land house sleep­ing four. Around R2 400 per night. airbnb.com

Res­i­dence Can Con­fort has five bud­get stu­dios, sleep­ing two each, 250 me­tres from the sea near Playa de Migjorn. R1 083 per night. airbnb.com

EAT HERE

Fonda Pepe in Sant Fer­ran is known for its tra­di­tional paella, served in pans for two. My grilled cala­mari with gar­lic aïoli and bread cost R260. Find it on Face­book.

Café del Lago

is five min­utes’ walk from the ferry stop in La Sav­ina. It’s glam­orous and pricey, with a ter­race next to the Es­tany des Peix, and serves fresh juices, piz­zas, cock­tails and fine seafood dishes. cafedel­lago.es

DO THIS

Visit For­mentera Gui­tars. It’s open from 10am un­til 9.30pm, with a break for siesta, of course. Ekki (pic­tured right, in­set) of­fers a make-your-own-gui­tar course (next up: 27 De­cem­ber to 14 Jan­uary, R37 300 for three weeks all-in­clu­sive). The gui­tar fes­ti­val (en­try free) is in Septem­ber. for­mentera-gui­tars.com

Lis­ten to live mu­sic. Ekki rec­om­mends go­ing to SaPanxa in Sant Fer­ran, a per­for­mance venue, bar and raw-food res­tau­rant. For what’s on, see sapanxa.com (it’s in Span­ish but you’ll get the gist).

En­joy the blue, blue sea. Char­ter the yacht Gran Blau for a day to visit the best beaches, go snorkelling and en­joy sun­set. R1 550 pp (min­i­mum four peo­ple, max­i­mum eight). for­menter­ades­del­mar.com

You may get bet­ter prices by shop­ping around at the port. Ex­plore the is­land. Bi­cy­cle rental is around R105 (plus R150 de­posit) and scoot­ers about R460. Or see it on horse­back, go­ing through the less-trav­elled land­scapes on a guided out­ing. From R775 pp. ru­tases­boixet.com Visit the La Mola Hip­pie Mar­ket. It’s been go­ing since the 1960s, and runs on Sun­days and Wed­nes­days, 4pm to 10pm, May to Oc­to­ber. Stock up on the lo­cal goat’s cheese and honey.

FOR­MENTERA GUI­TARS

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