Do you fancy a holiday? Choose the island that will give you both relaxation and fun! It seems impossible, yet getting to Formentera will amaze you and deeply satisfy your needs – the tranquility of its natural sites is balanced out with the frenzy of its nightlife.
Formentera can be reached only by boat and by ferry (click here), since the closest is located in Ibiza airport. The island is a pleasure to look at with its beautiful rugged coastline; sandy coves are like little diamonds in the rocks.
You can go to Formentera throughout the year, given the very temperate climate, although certainly, unless you are very brave, swiḿming is more pleasant from May to October, but obviously in these months there will be more tourists, especially July and August.
The island’s natural beauty is undeniable, so much so that UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Site.
The Formentera Island does not have among its attractions many historical monuments to be seen, however, his past is important because the first traces of prehistoric life have been found right here: you can visit the megalithic graves of Ca Na Costa and Cap de Barbaria which date back to about 2000 years A.C. Another site to see is to Can Blai with its ruins of the Roman castle close to Es Calo.
Also pay a visit the Ethnological Museum where you can discover the old tools and various musical instruments folk.
Formentera has only 5 settlements: Sant Francesc Xavier is the largest; there is the island’s only town hall, a pretty little square around the church of the eighteenth century; here there are also many shops (though do not expect large luxury stores) and markets.
La Savina is the port of Formentera – here all the ferries arrive. The Strait of Es Freus separates it from Ibiza.
On the opposite side of the island we find El Pilar de La Mola; on the highest point of a cliff, there is the lighthouse of La Mola which is one of the three island headlights and also the oldest.
The other towns are Sant Ferran de Ses Roques et Es Pujols.
Just in Es Pujols is the largest concentration of clubs and bars on the beach.
The Beaches and seaside
The beaches are the main attraction of Formentera: the Llevant Beach, Ses Illetes Platja de Tramuntana, Platja de Migjorn, Cala Savina, Cala en Baster, Es Pujols, Cala Saona and Es Arenals.
From the beach of Cala Saona, on the west side, you can see Ibiza and get to the beautiful cliffs of Punta Rasa.
Ses Illetes beach (meaning small islands) is located on the western end of the peninsula Trucador.
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It is a beach that narrows to a small strip of sand with the sea from the two sides; from here you can arrive by boat to the island of Espalmador is a nature park where many animal species have found their habitat, also because there are no facilities of any kind to disturb them.
The Llevant beach is located on the side opposite to that of Ses Illetes.
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The Migjorn beach is the longest with its 6km. On all the beaches of Formentera is granted naturism.
Hippies and Formentera
Perhaps the fact that legislation is permissive in that sense (remember that the Balearic Islands are an autonomous province of Spain) has meant that the ’60s arrived here many young people of the hippie movement. Freedom, the landscape that was not marred by man, the ability to live cheaply have attracted all those who rejected the conventional way of life; artistic and craft activities became important on the island: Hippies markets still today are a feature of Formentera: you can buy clothes, jewelery and ceramics, all strictly hand-painted.
It was music to have fun but it was also a way of life that in the ’70s it was still much below. Many artists have come here on vacation, to perform, but also for longer stays. A name among all? To Bob Dylan.
Today there are many clubs and discos that make dance and entertain. The largest concentration of these rooms dedicated to entertainment is located at Es Pujols. Here the fun is not only the night but it starts already on the beach where there are beach bars that are on the beach bar where, in most of the aperitif which is almost mandatory if you want to be “in”, you listen to music dancing.
However, even if there is to have fun, you can never turn to transgression and exasperation of the fun at all costs like in Ibiza. Here everything is much more relaxing and enjoyable.
If during the day you do not want to always be at the beach, you can take one of the many trails to discover the natural beauty of the inland area. There are various routes prepared for hiking or bike rides (these can easily be rented on site). A trip to do of course is to the salt flats: in the past the extraction and storage of salt was important for the local economy. Today, close to the Llevant beach, is the reserve of Saline that is a true spectacle, especially at sunset, the pink colour due to microorganisms.
However, getting around the island there are also good connections to the bus.
As for water sports enthusiasts can make fantastic scuba diving enjoying the perfectly clear water. Much also practised windsurfing and sailing.
So in summary, the perfect day might unfold like this: in the morning you do a nice walk or bike, then you go to the beach to relax; afternoon you choose between a boat trip, diving to admire the fantastic backdrops and windsurfing; then you take a drink at one of many Beach Bars listening to good music; continue walking around in flea markets and finally, after a great dinner at the restaurant (the fish is very appreciated, the specialty of the place is the Peix Sec, fish dried in the sun; traditional desserts instead are Orelletes and Bunyols) you immersed in the lively nightlife.
What do you say, is not a nice program for a wonderful vacation?