Located south of Ibiza, the island of Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands and the best preserved of the archipelago. It is a quiet and familiar destination with a mild and sunny climate that allows you to enjoy a wonderful natural environment and beautiful beaches practically all year round.
If you want to get rid of the stress of everyday life and enjoy the sound of the waves as well as spectacular views, you cannot miss Formentera. You will fall in love!
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How to get to Formentera?
Formentera is a small island that does not have an airport, so it is only accessible by sea. To get there, you have to do it through Ibiza, which is connected to several ports and peninsular airports such as Barcelona, Valencia or Denia.
Once in Ibiza, to get to the Formenteran port of La Savina, you have to take one of the ships of the shipping companies that make the journey every day of the week at different times. The journey between the port of Ibiza and La Savina lasts approximately 35 minutes.
When disembarking at the Port of La Savina we can find several car, motorcycle, bike and quad rental companies.
What to see in Formentera?
Many travelers visit Formentera attracted by its dreamy beaches and coves, but the island has other tourist attractions. Some of the most outstanding places in Formentera are:
Lighthouse de la Mola
It is the oldest and the most important lighthouse in Formentera. It stands at the highest point on the island, a 120-meter-high cliff, and was ordered to be built by Queen Elizabeth II to light the rugged end of the island every night since 1861.
Natural Park of Ses Salines
Located between the islands of Formentera and Ibiza, the Las Salinas Natural Park is a protected natural space formed by an ecosystem, with special mention to those of the marshes, in which numerous endemic plant and animal species such as flamingos live.
Nature lovers will find unforgettable landscapes and beautiful beaches such as Ses Illetes in the Ses Salines Natural Park.
Moli de la Mola
Apart from the lighthouses, another of the most curious architectural elements of Formentera are the mills that were the main means of subsistence of peasant life.
In Formentera, seven mills were used to grind wheat grain: the Molí Vell, the Molí d'en Botigues, the Molí d'en Teuet and the Molí de ses Roques, the Molí d'en Mateu and the Molí d'en Jeroni and the now defunct Molí d'en Simon. Of all of them, the one that is best preserved is the Vell mill, dating from 1778, whose interior can be visited to see how it works in detail.
La Mola Market
In this artisan market, products made in workshops in Formentera are sold. The de la Mola is open from May to October.
Here you can find samples of traditional crafts such as baskets, espadrilles, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, painting, etc. In its central square there is live music and in its surroundings there are terraces of the neighboring bars where you can enjoy a drink at sunset. It opens on Wednesdays and Sundays from 16 to 22 p.m. in Pilar de la Mola.
The island has a system of defensive towers distributed along the coast that formerly served to protect itself from African pirates who constantly looted Mediterranean populations.
In total there are four watchtowers scattered throughout the geography of Formentera (Punta Prima tower, Pi des Catalá tower, Garroveret tower and the tower of sa Gavina) in addition to the tower of sa Guardiola located on the north islet of s' Espalmador.
We located it between El Pilar de la Mola and Es Caló and from here you have impressive views of Formentera. Highly recommended for taking nice photos.
Beaches and coves of Formentera
The smallest island in the Balearic Islands has 69 kilometers of coastline along which we find cliffs and beaches with crystal clear waters of great beauty that are very reminiscent of those of the Caribbean.
Among the beaches of Formentera we highlight:
It is considered the most beautiful cove in Formentera. Measuring 140 meters long and 120 meters wide, it surprises visitors with its white sand beach, turquoise waters and lush vegetation.
This beach is located in the surroundings of El Caló de Sant Agustí. With almost 3.000 meters in length and 30 meters in width, it is a beach of fine sand washed by very clean waters.
Located in the north of Formentera specifically in the Ses Salines Natural Park, Ses Illetes is one of the most iconic beaches on the island due to the beauty of its landscape. It is highly visited by tourists despite the fact that to access the natural park it is necessary to pay a fee.