Though only a couple of miles from Ibiza’s shores, you could be forgiven for thinking you were arriving on a Caribbean island as you reach Formentera.
While Ibiza has the crowds and famous reputation, this jewel of the Mediterranean offers peace, solitude and nature at its finest.
The work of generations of Formenteran people has allowed the island to promote and combine tourism and conservation, and the result is breathtaking. 20km of white sandy beaches give way to impossibly clear waters that are every shade of blue you can imagine.
The only way to get to Formentera is by boat from Ibiza. From the port in Ibiza town, ferries leave every 30 minutes, costing around €45 return and taking 25 – 30 minutes. A slower ferry leaves Santa Eulalia port daily at 9.30 and 10.30. The crossing takes just over an hour and costs €32 return.
Have a look around!
Being such a small island (12 miles long), a good idea is to hire a bike or moped and truly discover the unique scenery. The Circuit Verds (Green Tours) are cycling and walking trails that take you through and around the most stunning spots. Efficient public transport means you can also get around without exerting yourself too much!
Formentera’s unspoilt beaches are a joy to behold. Whether you seek a dreamy long stretch of white sand or an isolated cove, you will not be disappointed. All of them are unofficially nudist, so don’t be surprised if some are letting it all hang out! Don’t worry though, it’s not compulsory!
Playa Illetes has been voted the world’s best beach in the past and it is not surprising. Its position at the north of the island gives amazing views out to the island of Es Palmador.
Playa Es Pujols is the beach of the main town, and is therefore packed with facilities, while Playa Migjorn on the south has the longest beach on Formentera. All of the beaches offer fantastic snorkelling and boating opportunities.
One such opportunity is to take a boat to enjoy the mud baths at Es Palmador. Although the mud has no proven benefit, it is a great and fun experience on a hot day to wallow in the cool mud then wash off in the sea. The kids love it too.
Formentera has evolved into a gastronomic force, with many top class restaurants to choose from.
Es Moli de Sal gives views of Illetes beach on one side and the port of La Savine on the other. Specialising in meat, fish and paella dishes, dining on the terrace looking at the sunset over Es Vedra is a unique experience.
Capri in Es Pujols is owned by fishermen and serves delicious fresh fish in a lovely garden setting, and for pizza, Macando in Sant Ferran offers different and delicious toppings. Our advice is to find somewhere that you like the look of and try it! You will rarely find a bad review of a Formentera eatery.
Photo courtesy of Natasha Marshall