Formentera is much more than the last Mediterranean Paradise where classic summer holidays can be enjoyed, surrounded by peace and tranquillity, and a surprisingly well-conserved natural environment.
Formentera offers visitors an assortment of complementary opportunities which ensure a pleasurable stay on the island at any time of year. Its mild climate (with an average temperature of 16°C between November and April) means you can swim in the sea all year round, while our renowned autumns and springs paint the island in magnificent shades of light and incredible colours.
The hues of the landscape are rendered more harmonious and limpid when the island is relieved of the dazzling light that invades it in the summer season. Watching the sunset or simply gazing at the sky and the sea become unique experiences which, in and of themselves, justify a trip to Formentera.
The Harbour of La Savina is the first urban centre to be considered, since it is the only access that tourists have to reach the island, and therefore it is an extremely important place. If there is something characteristic about La Savina, it is the continuous naval traffic: boats bringing in tourists and islanders or taking them away again, big and small fishing boats, and in summer, an incredible number of pleasure boats skippered by people who have decided to spend their summer holidays at sea, travelling the coasts of the Mediterranean.
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Three kilometres from the harbour we find Sant Francesc Xavier, which could be considered to be the most important urban centre, the capital of the island, given that the Town Hall is located in its square. Just in front of the Town Hall, you can find the church of the town, which in the 18th century was used as a fortress against the Barbarians and afterwards has become a shelter for the town’s parishioners.
The festival and the most important events are celebrated in the Town Hall square. These events usually bring residents and tourists together in a festive, calm, and above all, friendly atmosphere.
San Francisco is the most visited town during the day due to its great quantity of shops and bars, and above all, due to its seafront, where there are numerous hippy stalls which attract tourists because of the great quantity of objects related to the island they offer. All these things make this town the capital of the island and a must-see place to visit during the day.
Following the same road that leads away from the harbour and that passes through Sant Francesc, the next town along the way is Sant Ferran, which you will have to pass through if you want to reach La Mola or Es Pujols. Sant Ferran offers a great variety of bars and restaurants where you can have lunch or just have a drink and quietly watch the people who are visiting the town.
One of the oldest and most well-known establishments in Formentera is located in Sant Ferran: La Fonda Pepe, which in the 1960s had already opened its doors to the public and since then it has been frequented by everyone who wants to enjoy the calm and authentically hippy atmosphere of the island, because, although many years have gone by, this is one of the few places that have hardly changed.
Es Pujols is the last urban centre and probably the most tourist-orientated. You can reach this town either directly from the harbour or via Sant Ferran. As soon as you reach this town you will notice that the atmosphere here is completely different from anywhere else, especially at night. The great variety of shops, restaurants, bars, pubs and discos means that this is a tourist’s paradise. At all hours of the day or night, people are constantly passing through Es Pujols. During the day, you can enjoy its beaches and go shopping. At night the party atmosphere takes over, especially in the pubs and on the seafront, where the hippy market attracts lots of people and the festive atmosphere is mixed with the smell of the sea.
Without turning off the main road, the next stop after Sant Ferran is La Mola, the remotest town, which is located at the highest point of the island, about 15 kilometres from Sant Ferran. It may be said that this town is one of the quietest, because due to its remote location, it is not very frequented by tourists and there are just a few shops and restaurants. The town’s main appeal is the hippy market that opens twice a week and attracts lots of people. Another attraction of this small town is its lighthouse, located over the cliffs, from which you will be able to watch wonderful sunsets and enjoy the marvellous seclusion of this place.
If there is something really characteristic of Formentera, it is its beaches. Formentera’s coast is full of many of the best European beaches, as is confirmed every year by thousands of tourists who enjoy their waters every summer. The development of tourism means it is now possible to spend the whole day at the beach without needing to leave: restaurants, deck chairs, sunshades, water sports..., everything you need to enjoy the sun on these beaches.
Here is a list of some of the best beaches in Formentera, which can easily be found on the following map:
The beaches of Illetes are located in the northernmost part of Formentera, which is the closest point to the island of Espalmador (just 150 metres away), and they are the most popular tourist beaches. You can reach Illetes in any kind of vehicle, although walking or cycling are best in order to enjoy the scenery and protect the environment, given the constant flow of people. Furthermore, some areas are not accessible to vehicles, due to the rough terrain, and can only be accessed on foot. The Illetes area has some of the most complete leisure facilities: water sports (sailing, ski, etc.), restaurants...
Llevant beach is also located in the north of Formentera, but as its name suggests, it faces east. It is a very large beach, and although it is close to Illetes and therefore quite busy, it is so long it is still possible to find quiet and deserted spots. Naturally, you will still find restaurants and kiosks, and its location close to Illetes means you can visit all the beaches in the north of the island on foot.
This little beach, despite its small size (scarcely 200 metres long), is one of the most beautiful beaches you can visit. Its characteristic peace and beauty make this cove a must for all tourists. It is also surrounded, inevitably, by restaurants and kiosks where you can eat, or just have a cool drink while at the same time enjoying the wonderful views of the neighbouring island of Ibiza, or the less distant coast of Punta Pedrera, or the beautiful cliffs of Punta Rasa, which can be easily reached on foot, given that they are just 10 minutes away from the beach.
The Migjorn beach is one of the biggest in Formentera. Its sands extend along most of the south coast of the island, almost from La Mola to Es Cap de Barbaria, which two points are visible from the Migjorn beach, despite the fact they are so far away from each other. Its large size and geographical position make it one of the least busy, and as such one of the quietest on the island, but this does not mean that you will not find the typical restaurants and kiosks around the edge of the beach.
Just 150 metres separate Formentera from the island of Espalmador. This islet, just 3 square kilometres in size, hosts many treasures inside. There are two ways to reach Espalmador: there is a boat that sails from Formentera Harbour to Illetas, then continuing to Espalmador, or you can swim (provided the weather and tide allow). The most famous beach of the island of Espalmador is Platja de S’Alga, a large beach considering the small size of the islet, and considered to be a natural harbour because of its enclosed shape.
The watchtower (Torre de Sa Guardiola), located at the highest point, looks down on the tourists passing along the coast. It should be remembered that this island is private and as such should be respected, especially bearing in mind that it has been declared a nature reserve due to the wide variety of flora and fauna that live there. This means that there are no restaurants or similar establishments in Espalmador, given that they are strictly forbidden, but this makes the idea of visiting this islet and its beaches much more attractive, because they have never been touched by human hand.
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