FORMENTERA, PARADISE ISLAND
The Island of Formentera is situated only three nautical miles (6km) from Ibiza, from San Antonio or from Ibiza town.
Formentera has a surface of 85 km2 by 19km (length). It is the smallest island of the Spanish archipelago of the Balearic Islands. The island is completely flat, except for La Mola hill (192m), which is situated in the eastern part of the island. It has a population of 8,442 with 5 villages: Sant Francesc Xavier, Sant Ferrán de ses Roques, El Pilar de la Mola, Sa Savina and Es Pujols.
The ferry will drop you off at the main port, “Sa Savina” situated 3 km from the capital, Sant Francesc. From the port or the capital, we recommend you to rent a car, a motorcycle or bikes to tour of the island. It is also possible to travel by bus or by taxi.
Other than tourism, the only existing industry is its salt-works. The climate is very warm in summer with typical Mediterranean vegetation along with pine forests and woody junipers.
This small beach can be found between the beaches of Illetes and La Savina. It’s amazing that it is only a short distance away, yet is quiet and peaceful for most of the high season.
Here you’ll find pine trees that provide shade in the heat of the day and it’s a great spot to watch the yachts coming and going to Ibiza. Here you’ll find a quite expensive but excellent restaurant, El Tiburon, that’s very popular with the “wet set”.
Situated on the southern coast and at 6 km it is by far the longest beach on Formentera. This could easily become your favourite of all the beaches: fine white sand, some stretches, partly scattered with rocks, little fun beach bars and quality restaurants at regular intervals and the clear blue sea – what more do you want?
This is also another paradise for nudists, and for snorkellers as the off-shore rocks hide a wealth of marine life. A real deserted isle à la Robinson Crusoe!
This is THE beach you’ve been searching for! White sand stretching for miles with incredibly clear turquoise waters, giving that Caribbean feeling the island is famous for.
This beach attracts a real mix of people; day-trippers from Ibiza, the rich and famous stopping by in their expensive yachts and locals topping up their tan at the weekend.
In the height of summer this beach is perhaps the busiest of them all due to its close proximity to the port. Also, the excellent, if expensive fish restaurants, which draw an immense crowd. You must make a reservation in the peak season to avoid being disappointed.
The northern end is the most peaceful part of this long beach as it is a nudist domain, i.e., an official nudist reserve. Watersports also abound here where during the high season you can catch a ferry boat to and from La Savina.
A long broad sandy beach on the north eastern coast with fabulous views of Ibiza. It is one of the most peaceful beaches of the island, surprisingly it’s very close to Illetes beach, so you can really get away from it all!
Sand dunes back the beach along the old salt pans providing private and sheltered places for nudists. A word of caution; This beach tends to get the full force of any strong winds so there are strong currents and high waves at times. Also, pay special attention on the undercurrents and waves which can often be dangerous.
Small is definitely beautiful at Cala Saona! Situated on the west coast, only a short distance from San Francisco, this small, deep horseshoe shaped bay has white sand backed by red rocks, something rarely seen in coastal landscapes.
Adding to this are the turquoise waters and picturesque fishing boats – your camera won’t stay in your bag for long! The water is quite shallow and it gets warm very fast. A little further around the cove, rocky inlets allow private bathing. There is one small hostel, a lovely beach bar and some good quality restaurants above the bay.
TO SEE AS WELL
Barbaria Cape: 7 km from Sant Francesc. You will find a former defence tower and a lighthouse built in the XVIII century.
Es Far de Sa Mola: this lighthouse is situated at the highest point of the Sa Mola shelf (192m). It is the only "mountain" of the island.
El Campamento de Can Blai: there is a well-preserved Romanesque rampart at Sa Calo (Near Es Caló des Mort in Ses Clotade) along with a village and fishermen's port south-east of the island.
S’alga d'es Espalmador: the island is situated in the north, in front of the Illetes and Llevant beaches. This tiny island has magnificent beaches, a lighthouse and spectacular underwater springs.
Several ferries companies can get you to the beautiful island of Formentera. You will either find them at the Eivissa harbor in front of the Burger King or in playa de Figueretas. There are also some departures from San antonio and Santa Eulalia.
It takes about 25 to 45 min depending on how fast your boat is. A round trip to Formentera is about 45€.