SAT 1 OCTOBER 2016, FORMENTERA
gina and dave are getting married!
Welcome to Gina and Dave’s wedding weekend, from Fri 30 Sept to Mon 3 Oct 2016*.
On this page you will find useful information about the weekend. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT FORMENTERA ISLAND
Formentera is just off the south coast of Ibiza in the Mediterranean. It is the smaller and most southerly Pitiusic Island that belongs to the Spanish autonomous community of Balearic Islands. With crystal clear waters and stunning white sand, it’s a great location for swimming, and getting married! Playa de Ses Illetes, the beach where we’ll be getting married, has been voted the best beach in Europe by Trip Advisor.
Travel to Formentera
Fly to Ibiza. From the airport you need to get to Ibiza Port. The number 10 bus takes you straight to the Port in about 30mins; the bus stop is right outside the airport (if you buy a Trasmapi ferry ticket in advance you can get a ticket which includes the cost of the bus trip). Or, if there’s a group of you, a taxi from the airport to the Port would be easy (approx. total taxi cost €15-20).
Take a 30min ferry ride from the Port to Formentera island. There are two main companies you can use, we went with Trasmapi as it included the cost of the bus ride from the airport to the port in the price of the ticket. The other company is Mediterranea–Pitiusa. The ferries depart around every 30mins, but be aware you can’t use your tickets interchangeably for the different companies. A return ticket costs around €40.
If you decide to book with Transmapi, open return options are available so you don’t have to specify which ferries you want to take. The ferries to/from Ibiza and Formentera generally start around 7.30am and stop running around 8-9pm (depends on the day). Click here for the Trasmapi timetable.
ACCOMMODATION & SURROUNDING AREA
Situated just metres from the sea, the Roca Bella is a friendly, clean and well run hotel, perfect for swimming and ideal for accessing the local town, Es Pujol. The accommodation is approximately 5-10 min walk from Es Pujol, and bike hire is available. All rooms have a nice terrace with sea view and we’ll be staying at Roca Bella on a B&B basis (a buffet breakfast is included). The hotel also puts on a basic buffet dinner (for around €20pp). Other services are available and guest WiFi is available at the reception and restaurant areas.
Es Pujol is a small town. It has some nice lunch and dinner options on the seafront and the standard tourist-y shops, plus supermarkets. You can expect to pay between €20-40 euros for a 2 or 3 course lunch/dinner. There’s a sheltered beach next to the hotel, which has a great cocktail bar (we’d recommend the mojitos!), plus watersport options including windsurfing, kayaking and paddle boarding.
All activities listed below, aside from the recovery lunch on Sunday, will be free.
Early evening: briefing from SwimQuest, welcome drinks and buffet dinner at Hotel Roca Bella
Morning: guided swim – optional! Location TBC
Early evening into Sunday morning: wedding ceremony, dinner, drinks and dancing at Es Moli de Sal restaurant, Ses Illetes.
Sunday Guided swim. Time and location TBC
Early afternoon: recovery lunch
Some guests start to depart
Monday Guided swim. Time and location TBC
Departing as and when
Weather and water temperature
At this time of year the water temperature is usually between 22-24oC.
Air temperature: during the day it averages between 20-24oC. At night it can drop to 15oC. It has been known to rain, so an umbrella or waterproof would be a good idea. And in the evenings the midges can come out in force, so we’d recommend having a long sleeved top and bug repellent (lemon based non-Deet repellents are good).
Swim distances: the itinerary will be flexible depending on the needs and ability of the group, however we will be aiming for swims between 2-3km for the majority with options to go further. We’re planning on at least one guided swim per day (Sat, Sun and Mon) – do let us know if you’d like to do more swims per day or swims scheduled on the Thurs/Fri etc. What should I pack?
- At least two swimming costumes
- Wetsuit (optional – see FAQs)
- Torch (optional – some guests find this useful for walking into town)
- Two pairs of swim goggles – one clear and one tinted
- Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day
- Sandals/aqua shoes – for getting wet
- Insect repellent (lemon based non-Deet repellents are good) and bite relief
- Fleece or warm jumper, tracksuit trousers/sweat pants
- Sun hat, sun cream and glasses
- Waterproof watch (optional – some guests find this useful for timing swims)
- Insurance details (see below)
For this tour all guests will require comprehensive travel insurance. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance before your tour, including cover for all the activities you are participating in. If you are in doubt that escorted swimming is covered, you will need to contact your travel insurance provider for advice on cover.
Fogg Travel Insurance are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and are used to covering escorted open water swimming trips. If you wish to book travel insurance through Fogg, please click here.
You will be expected to show your policy details to the guides at the mandatory safety briefing.
Is it compulsory for guests to complete all swims? No, you are welcome to complete as many or as few as you wish!
What about sea life? Should I be worried? Sea urchins and jelly fish are sometimes found in the Mediterranean. Sea urchins are black and spiky, whereas jellyfish are translucent and pink. Sea urchins loiter on reefs and unused sections on beaches. Their spines can be removed with tweezers, or left in to dissolve. If stung by a jellyfish there are a number of treatment options and the Swim Guides will be on hand to help.
Who are my swim guides? All our guides are qualified as Beach Lifeguards, including a First Aid at Work qualification, and have an RYA Powerboat Level 2 license to use a RIB or dinghy. For more information about our guides please visit www.swimquest.uk.com/guides.
Can I wear a wetsuit for the swims? Anyone that requires a swim specific wetsuit, can hire or buy the 2XU T2 event wetsuit from www.mywetsuithire.co.uk. Alternatively, a good standard wetsuit that you can hire or buy is the Foor Classic with a handy size chart on the web page; all the details can be found at www.triuk.com/products/foor/foor-classic-2011. If you do hire a wetsuit, please allow sufficient time for at least 3-4 swims of 1-1.5km to acclimatise to wearing the suit.
Feel free to contact SwimQuest if you have any queries. If you have any questions about the weekend, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the SwimQuest team.
Alice: +44 7825 301443
Charlotte: +44 7743 233803
John: +44 7951 727453
*Most of our celebrations will be taking place over Fri 30 Sept to Mon 3 Oct, but some of you will be joining us on the island for a bit longer, while others will be leaving on Sunday 2 Oct.