Sant Ferran is a small village in the heart of Formentera. At the Fonda Pepe you will relive the carefree hippie atmosphere.
Sant Ferran de Ses Roques (San Fernando) is located in the centre of Formentera and its fame is due to the hippie movement that, in the 60’s, made this small town its headquarters for parties and events.
Located a few kilometers from Es Pujols, Sant Ferran is an alternative to the Formentera more fashionable. Here, in fact, were found young libertines (called “peludos” by the inhabitants of the island) looking for fun and carefree. The square with the small church served as a fulcrum and the inhabitants of the island warmly welcomed this cultural revolution founded on the principle of “peace and love”.
It is recommended to visit it mainly in the evening so as to attend its handicraft market and the many events taking place in the square; you will love San Ferran for its simplicity!
You have certainly heard of it… this is the case where a place is already known because its fame precedes it. The Fonda Pepe in Formentera is not just a place but a real institution. It was a point of reference for the whole generation that that in the 1960s participated in the hippie movement and, years later, resisted any tourist approval. Located in the main square, the Fonda Pepe is bar, restaurant and also hostel.
There is an emblematic portrait of those times made by the German photographer Reinald Wünsche. It’s a black and white photo that portrays young guys in a moment of aggregation and sharing. More than social networks!
With the passage of time, Sant Ferran and Fonda Pepe have thus maintained an authentic atmosphere. Dining or just having a drink in this historic restaurant will make you relive the essence of those past times.
Located in the main square, the small church of Sant Ferran is a testimony of the typical rural churches of Ibiza. Built about two centuries ago, this stone church with a single nave and no bell tower dominates the square adorned with palm trees, flowers and a few benches. Note that on top of this church we find a lonely bell.
It is in this square that the main events are held to preserve the typical uses and costums of the island. Among them we would like to mention the feast of the Patron Saint which is celebrated on 30 May.
From the beginning of June to the end of September, every evening (except Wednesdays and Sundays) along the main street that borders the square, you will find a craft market. It takes place from 7 pm until midnight and is where you can buy authentic hand-made souvenirs. Many artists exhibit their works and it is not difficult to admire them intent in the realization of the same. Whether it is a painting or an object for the house, you will carry with you forever a piece of “isla bonita”.
In Sant Ferran, the Formentera Guitars, is a renowned workshop of guitars and double bass. He can boast of having served international musicians such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Chris Rea. Each year, for more than 20 years, allows 7 young people to take part in an original working holiday where, for about two weeks, are dedicated to the realization of their musical instrument in a completely handcrafted way with high quality woods.
Truly singular is the rite that has become in these years the seal of the production made in Formentera. The students of the course, after completing the various processes, put the wood necessary for the realization of the guitars in the clear waters of Formentera and then let it dry in the sun. In this way the wood will, in the opinion of experts, be protected from the degradation of time.
From the village of Sant Ferran you can reach the picturesque resort of Cala En Baster (also called Cala Embaster). Consisting mainly of a sea landscape with cliffs, here you can see the remains of rudimentary wooden slipways that served to slide the fishermen’s boats to the mainland. The peculiarity of this site lies in the fact that, unlike those visible in many other parts of the island, the slipways do not end in wooden houses but in caves carved into the cliff wall.
The sea that bathes this rocky beach, located within a U-shaped cove, is turquoise and crystalline and the surrounding landscape is pristine, wild. Uncrowded due to the absence of the classic sandy beach, Cala En baster is loved by those who want to spend a few hours in absolute peace. It is also a recommended area for snorkeling, so don’t forget to take your mask and snorkel!
Walking along the cliff, up to 50 meters high, you can admire the panorama of the entire northern coast with the islands of S’Espardell and Ibiza in the background.
Among the many restaurants in Sant Ferran, we recommend the Macondo pizzeria where in a cheerful atmosphere you can enjoy pizza but also other typical dishes of the island; the Maricastaña restaurant, which offers a revisited Spanish cuisine and, if you feel like tasting an authentic Neapolitan pizza, you can head to the Quartieri Spagnoli restaurant: delicious pizza in addition to meat and fish dishes that will surely make you come back year after year.
Finally, you can eat the best paella on the island at La Mariterranea restaurant: proposed in the most traditional version or masterfully revisited by the chef, this restaurant certainly deserves 5 stars.
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and when you remember it. “
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