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This May on Formentera, get a dose of culture, fitness, gastronomy and tech

Foto mitja marato xavi garcia turFormentera's office of tourism presents the latest “Discover Formentera in May”. The campaign, in which the Formentera Council helps coordinate tourism-friendly events, offers the island's visitors deep discounts on ferry rides, car hires, accommodation and other low-season perks.

Photography and IT
Among this year's standout features is Formentera Fotogràfica, set to kick off this Friday, April 27, and continue to Tuesday, May 1. The pro event is open to photography lovers of all stripes.

Also set to hit the island this May is Formentera 2.0, where online communication and digital culture will come together under one banner for four days beginning Thursday, May 3. For more information, visit www.formentera20.com.

Culture
Culture and music hold premier spots on this year's Discover Formentera in May bill. First, there's the 2018 inaugural edition of l'Inhòspit from May 3-5 (Thursday through Saturday). The sampling of new theatre is part of the social and cultural programme offered at la Mola's Casa del Poble.

A forum for new theatre, dance and performance art, l'Inhòspit consists in three nightly performances at three points across la Mola: in the woods (bosc de ses Planes), at the foot of a windmill (molí d'en Botigues) and in the town square, plaça del Pilar. The event congregates more than twenty artists from different quarters of contemporary theatre and eight troupes—two from the island, one from Eivissa, two from Mallorca, two from Barcelona and one from Wales.

Descending upon the island from May 31 to June 3 is Formentera Jazz Festival. Formentera's artisan markets get under way the first weekend of the month—one more reason to visit the island in May.

Sport
Another sports fixture in the offing is the island's half marathon on May 12. Then, May 24–26, there's the Marnatón (a merger of mar, or sea, and the Spanish word for “marathon”) and the tenth Formentera to Run (May 27–June 3). The thirtieth Penyal d'Ifac regatta rounds out the bill from May 31 to June 2, for jam-packed month of fitness- and eco-friendly tourism.

Gastro weekends
Another main draw this May is the island's promotion of local gastronomy, an initiative known in Catalan as Caps de setmana Gastronòmics. Numerous island eateries join the fine-dining cause this year as the initiative unfolds over the first two weekends of the month (May 4–6 and May 11–13).

Participating restaurants offer gastronomic samplers at €20 (drinks not included), featuring dishes specially tuned for the occasion. Whether the food is traditional or represents a rehashing of an old favourite, dishes are always fresh, creative takes and are priced to move. Visit www.formentera.es for all the details.

Drivers can once again use two Sant Ferran roads previously closed to traffic

Foto Guillem 2The Formentera Council's infrastructure office reports that this Saturday motorists in Sant Ferran will regain partial access to two local roads that had been temporarily closed for upgrades. Vehicle circulation will be allowed at reduced speeds on the southern stretch of carrer Guillem de Montgrí and along carrer València, two points where the work of road crews is nearly complete.

This winter, workers undertook a project aimed at promoting pedestrian mobility in the town centre and envigorating local businesses. Upgrades mean the previous height difference between the pavement and street level has been reduced, plus the pavements themselves are wider. New signage is also in place and freshly painted lines on the road surface now reflect the town's new metred parking. That system, expected to alleviate the town's parking crunch, will take effect in June.

Formentera prepares for first dance meetup

Dia internacional de la dansaThe local youth drop-in centre, the department of sport and the school of dance and music of Formentera have come together under the aegis of the Formentera Council to host the island's very first gathering of dance troupes.

Set to take over Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució this Sunday, April 29 from 12 noon, the event coincides with International Dance Day. The eight participating colles (troupes) will represent a sampling of the different dance veterans here on the island and the types of dance that are practised locally. Onlookers will be treated to demonstrations of classical and contemporary dance as well as displays of capoeira, latin and African dance, “insideout” and varied homegrown specialities.

Island steps up repairs across rural roads

Foto arranjament camins 2017The Council's infrastructure department reports that persistent rain this winter and a technical failure limited work crews' regular maintenance operations.

In an attempt to re-establish the normal pace of work and restore country roads battered by recent months' precipitation, the administration has spent €27,000 (VAT not included) bringing in an outside firm to assist the CiF maintenance brigade. Council officials say they hope the extra manpower will help bring the country roads —most of which are on the island's network of nature trails and heavily travelled— up to scratch in time for summer.

This week crews are working to refurbish roads in Migjorn.

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