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Peddling Circles in Paradise
The worst way to become lost - and yes, there is a worst way - is when your only mode of transportation is a leg-powered bicycle, and you're on an island so small that your complete befuddlement is too embarrassing to admit. Because most of this incredibly low-key Balearic Island is completely flat, our foursome was confident in our ability to save a little cash and use pedal power we rented just off the ferry to see most of Formentera during our three day stay. And we would have been right, had little travelers' helpers called "street signs," or maybe even addresses, proved to exist. After what should have been a leisurely thirty minute bike ride turned into a sweaty, will-we-make-it-to-our-villa-before-dark two hour escapade, we quickly learned the value of a well-informed cab driver. In the end, bicycles are still a wonderful and budget-friendly way to travel this island. From quick grocery runs to the corner market to a several hour power trip to the cliffside lighthouse at Cap de Barbaria on the southernmost point, the environment - and your bikini body - will appreciate the means. The beaches are mostly nude, after all.
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