The magic of Formentera lies in its wild landscapes and history. The combination of both have forged a unique personality full of singularities and the local gastronomy is a good proof of this. What for the visitor is an environment full of natural beauty.
For the inhabitants of the island it was once a real challenge to obtain the sufficient resources to survive. The small size of Formentera meant that to take care of the rain-fed crops, the hard work of the orchards and the scarce local livestock, basically sheep and pigs. In front of the land, the sea was the main source of wealth and work, and the island’s fishermen provided the fresh raw material on which supported an important part of the island’s economy.
The result, today, is a traditional gastronomic base as simple and honest as based on extraordinarily high quality ingredients and made from recipes full of history.
Fish obviously occupies a prominent place. Formentera’s famous salad payesa de peix sec, as its name suggests, made from dried fish. The ray, the musola or the dogfish are usually the ideal species for obtaining the raw material, the result of a a process as traditional and natural as drying in the sun and the Formentera breeze. The calamares a la bruta (in its own ink), bullit de peix (fish stew) and frita de pulpo are traditional dishes of the island that are combined with more modern preparations in which the fusion, creativity and culinary excellence are its hallmarks. from the land of course, the sofrit pagès based on meat, potatoes and vegetables from the garden stands out.
All this gastronomic wealth has served as a basis for consolidating hundreds of proposals culinary traditions in which the quality of the local product shines through. Today, in Formentera, the the visitor has an extraordinary range of possibilities before him. From restaurants and traditional chiringuitos where the most authentic recipes (rice dishes, baked and grilled fish, seafood, etc.) to avant-garde cuisine venues that are monopolised by media reviews worldwide.
Whatever the traveller’s tastes, Formentera reserves for him the proposal perfect for you to enjoy a gastronomy full of attractions.
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