The Bohemian island of Formentera, Balearic Islands is an unspoiled, peaceful paradise with gorgeous beaches, and sparkling waters. You’ll find beaches with the whitest sand and waters more crystalline than you could ever hope for. This island is one of the most idyllic destinations in the Balearic Islands. Many believe that the beaches on Formentera are among the best in the world and when you get there, you will think so too. Playa de Ses Illetes is ranked one of the 20 best beaches in the world. Off the beaten track and away from the main beaches, you can discover many deserted coves to take you away from the crowds.
Formentera is a great destination when you just want to lie on a beach, eat fine food, drink good wine and sleep long languorous hours. You can stay on Formentera for deep relaxation or just head over for a day’s visit from Ibiza. You could see the entire island in a day, but it’s better to take in the island at a slow pace. Laze on a beach, have lunch in a beach-side chiringuito, or take a walk around one of its small villages. This is also a great place to take a walk, either by the coast or inland. Take in the breathtaking views from fields or cliff tops and stand in awe at the beauty. Many like to hike to the old lighthouses, or seek out ancient caves, and all go to watch the incredible sunset.
The sea, with its clear waters is perfect for snorkeling or diving with an amazing kaleidoscope of marine life just under the surface of the water. The openness of the island means that there few shady spots, so you’ll want to use a good sunscreen.
The transparency of Formentera’s waters is due to the presence of the biggest area of Posidonia seagrass in the Mediterranean Sea that covers the seabed. These underwater grasses are protected by the Ses Salines Nature Park that extends from Ibiza. Ses Salines was once the center of Formentera’s salt industry, which is now no more, but the pretty pink salt flats remain. The limited development on the island is what keeps the island unspoiled. You won’t find any tall buildings, not on the beaches, or in the resorts.
Getting to Formentera
With no airport, Formentera can be reached by boat from Ibiza. Ferries large and small go there daily, although with a reduced service in winter. Ferries run mainly from Ibiza Town, going to Formentera’s port of La Savina, but there are also excursions and ferry connections from other resorts on the island. A fast ferry can get you from Ibiza Town in just 30 minutes.
The most economical and speedy way of getting to Formentera from Ibiza is with an Aquabus. This ferry service takes you to La Savina from Ibiza Town all year round. Inside and sun-deck seating options are available and luggage, bikes and pets go for free. People staying on Ibiza’s east coast can take the Santa Eulalia Ferry with daily Formentera services going from the resort’s port. The ferry terminal in the center of Ibiza Town has ferry services, some of which allow you to take cars. Day-trippers can also choose from a number of boat excursions going to Formentera and some of its outlying islands.
Getting Around Formentera
By Bike Or Scooter
One of the most popular ways of getting around Formentera is by bicycle and both manual and electric bikes are available for hire. There are also numerous places to rent scooters in La Savina. Ferry companies like Aquabus allow you to take over bicycles and scooters from Ibiza for free, but there are also many places to rent when you arrive in the port of La Savina. With flat contours and 32 Green Routes running all across the island, Formentera is incredibly easy to pedal your way around. The many pathways will take you around the coast, by sand dunes or landmarks and through rural farmland with goats, fig trees and pretty dry-stone walls. If you choose to rent a scooter, do watch out for potholes and ruts on the tracks that lead to the beaches.
There are regular bus routes to take you from La Savina to the villages and beaches of the island as well as the resort Es Pujols. There is also a special circuit bus for tourists, the L3, which offers a short circuit that covers La Savina, Playa de Ses Illetes beach and Es Pujols. Bus services run throughout the year.
Beach ferries to Ses Illetes and Espalmador
There’s a very useful small beach ferry service called La Bahía. It runs during the summer months and will take you from La Savina to the beach of Ses Illetes and the island just below it, Espalmador. There are three services in the morning to get there and three in the afternoon to get back.
Weather (When to Go)
From December to February, the weather is characterized by sunny periods alternating with rainy periods. The wind blows frequently. Very cold days are rare, but sometimes night-time temperatures can approach freezing. From March to May the weather is mild, but in April or mid-May, windy and rainy days are possible, with a bit of cold at night. June to mid-September is hot and sunny. The air is a bit sultry, but sea breezes temper the heat. Very hot days are rare, however, highs can sometimes reach 95/97 °F in July and August. From mid-September to November it is pleasantly warm with some wind and rain. The amount of sunshine in Formentera is great in summer, and is also frequent in spring. In autumn and winter there is a moderate amount of sunny days with some periods of bad weather.
High season in Formentera is July and August. During these 2 months, hotel rates spike, and the Island gets pretty crowded with tourists. During this time traffic will be pretty awful, and the beaches are so crowded that you can hardly lie on the sand or see the horizon due to the large number of boats and yachts moored in its wonderful waters. Even if you do come during this time, relax and make the most of your time in Formentera!
The best time to visit Formentera is May, June, September and even October. Prices offer a good value for hotels and restaurants. The shops are open and beaches are like heaven in paradise. No multitudes, no traffic and excellent service in every sense.
Declared an Item of World Heritage by UNESCO, the area provides a good example of the interaction between marine and coastal ecosystems. The sea reperesents 75% of the park’s total area and is special because of the dense prairies of oceanic Posidonia (seagrass), an important endemic species found only in the Mediterranean. On land, the salt flats of Las Salinas are a popular attraction on the Island of ibiza. The salt produced has been a huge export for the island for thousands of years and the revenues generated even helped to finance the completion of the walls of Dalt Vila. The protected area within the National Park includes the salt flats, beaches, wetlands, dunes and forests incorporating 1,786 hectares of land. For bird enthusiasts the Natural Park is home to hundreds of species of birds and there are plenty of walks you can take which will reveal the beauty of this area.
Because of the white sand and crystal-clear water, this beach in Formentera has been named one of the most beautiful in the world. It has spectacular views of several small islands, and you can even spot the island of Ibiza.The Illetes area is equipped for water sports such as sailing and scuba diving, and offers all kinds of services. Thanks to the surroundings, which are part of an area of natural interest, and the Posidonia meadows that can be found underwater, it has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.There is also a boat service that goes from this area to La Sabina port and Espalmador island.
The Balearics’ southernmost point is an extraordinary lunar-like landscape of parched, rocky terrain that ultimately ends in the Far de Barbària, a 1970s lighthouse. Gazing out to sea and watching the waves crash against the cliffs below is captivating, especially at sunset. You have to park a little north of the lighthouse and walk the final 30 minutes or so. From the lighthouse, it’s a 10-minute walk eastwards to the Torre des Garroveret, an 18th-century watchtower.
Delectable Cala Saona is a fabulous west-coast beach where the water glows a startling shade of luminous turquoise and the powder-soft sand is salt white. Though popular, it isn’t too developed, bar a couple of laid-back, good-vibe summer beach shacks, a kayak/SUP-rental stand and the Hotel Cala Saona.
Through the steep sand dunes on the eastern side of the Trucador Peninsula, Platja Llevant is a wonderful, undeveloped beach. The powdery sand is so white it dazzles your eyes, and the aquamarine water is fantastically clear. It’s also very shallow, so safe for children, and the sea warms to bathtub temperatures on summer days. There can be strong winds here, so do heed the warning flags.
Espalmador is an uninhabited island of dunes and sandstone off the northernmost tip of Formentera. Espalmador has a beautiful crescent-shaped beach of fine white sand, Platja de S’Alga, lapped by shallow sea. There’s a natural mud pond just north of the beach, though it can dry up in summer.
Things To Do
Live unique experiences sailing on a 11m sailboat and discover the most beautiful corners of the island of Formentera from the sea. It has a chill out zone, paddle board, awning, snorkel gear, bathing platform, snorkel gear and zodiac to bring you the best beaches and coves! For more information call +34 633-947-099, or visit them on the web at Formentera Des Del Mar.
Enjoy a boat trip around the wondeful beaches and coves of the island, to places that can only be reached by sea, in order to enjoy the crystal clear water of Formentera. For more information call +34 686 095 369, or visit them on the web at La Isla Flotante.
Rent a boat in Formentera. This will provide you with a different perspective, giving you the chance to enjoy everything Formentera has to offer in a unique way… From the sea and on-board a classic local boat, full of charm and character. They offer llaut rentals at a very affordable price, for as little as one night or as many as you want. They are sure you’ll fall in love with Formentera and their charming llauts. For more information call +34 657 914 480, or visit them on the web at Sabarca de Formentera.
Saigu Formentera is a water sports center suitable to everyone. Come with your family or buddies if you are eager to spend a great time doing water activities around the island’s beautiful crystalline sea! All of that, together with the best crew who will be very happy to show you how to enjoy water sports snorkeling, paddle surfing & sunset cruise) and the natural treasures of the island. For more information call +34 674 409 358, or visit them on the web at Saigu Formentera.
An excursion for adults and children to show you the best beaches of the island you can get to only by sea. Everybody receives fins, mask, and snorkel to swim in the beautiful crystal clear water of Formentera. For more information call +34 639 601 839, or visit them on the web at Diving Division Orcasub.
Best Rated Restaurants
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Located right on the marina at La Savina, and with a large outdoor terrace, Aigua is a great choice for a romantic dinner date. The menu is primarily seafood, with an emphasis on Italian cuisine, but also some excellent sushi and sashimi. It’s not cheap but it’s easy to see why this place is popular – the setting is stunning, and the food is great, and presented beautifully on the plate. The restaurant is only open in the evenings, and tables on the terrace are the place to be, so it’s best to book ahead. For more information call +34 971 323 322, or visit them on the web at Aigua.
$$$$ Can Carlos
With the outdoor terrace set in a beautiful garden with fairy lights twinkling in the trees, Can Carlos certainly makes for a picture-worthy romantic setting. It’s not all about the garden though, as the food and service are both fantastic, as is the wine list. The menu is Mediterranean with a heavy leaning towards Italian, and the seafood is particularly good, with the local squid and tuna carpaccio being firm favourites. This restaurant is extremely popular, and only opens for dinner, so booking ahead is essential, particularly if you want to sit outside. For more information call +34 971 322 874, or visit them on the web at Can Carlos.
$$$$ Can Dani
Can Dani serves traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist, and uses locally sourced produce wherever possible. Once the proud owners of a Michelin star (the first restaurant in Ibiza and Formentera to be awarded one), the restaurant sadly no longer bears this award, but don’t let this put you off visiting. Set in a rustic atmosphere with contemporary styling, and a pretty courtyard, the food really is innovative, and the incredible tasting menu with wine pairing allows you to sample the chef’s full range. For more information call +34 971 328 505, or visit them on the web at Can Dani.
$$$$ Es Caló
At Es Caló, tables are set on an open-sided wooden structure on a beach of the same name, with clear views over the pretty cove and out to sea. For a delicious seafood lunch, in a relaxed and tranquil beach setting, this is the place to come. Their paellas and other rice dishes are excellent, and the spiny lobster casserole, (which doesn’t come cheap, and has to be ordered in advance) is a real treat. Local dishes like the octopus or salads with dried salty fish, are also worth trying. For more information call +34 971 327 311, or visit them on TripAdvisor at Es Caló.
$$$$ Es Moli De Sal
Chi-chi but family friendly, this beach side bar and restaurant is the place to come if you want perfect sunset views with your pre-dinner drinks. Es Moli de Sal is located in an old windmill right on the edge of the sea, and is apparently a favorite of the King of Spain, among other celebrities, which would explain the eye-watering prices. Drinks however are fairly reasonable, and if you are prepared to splash out on a nice meal, the extensive seafood menu is very good, and the homemade ice-cream is raved about. Yachty types can come to shore using the restaurant’s water-taxi service. For more information call +34 971 187 491, or visit them on the web at Es Moli De Sal.
Started by a couple of hippies from Germany who arrived over 40 years ago, Piratabus is one of the Formentera’s oldest bars and one that still manages to retain plenty of its seventies island vibe. Originally a bus (hence the name) its now a wooden beach hut located on the sand dunes of Mitjorn. As well and cold beer and outstanding mojitos, it serves up some excellent tapas that can be gobbled down while enjoying some great music and spectacular sunsets. For more information call +34 637 011 998, or visit them on the web at Piratabus.
Another off-the-beaten-track chiringuito, Kiosko 62 is located at the other end of Mitjorn beach and shares the friendly and super-chill mood of Piratabus. You can almost dangle your toes into the crystal-clear water while supping back a cold one at this popular and reasonably-priced beachfront bar. Don’t leave without trying their specialty – the pomada – a refreshingly simple mix of Balearic gin and cloudy lemonade. For more information call +34 697 840 795, or visit them on the web at Kiosko 62.
Just along the beach from Kiosko 62, but a world apart is the super-swish Gecko Beach Club. Dubbed “barefoot luxury” by its owners, expect the well-heeled, the jet-set, and the occasional A-list (certain Dicaprio once dropped in) to be lounging around custom-designed loungers ordering expertly-mixed cocktails. Why not join them and splurge on a canopied day-bed and enjoy the sunset in style? For more information call +34 971 328 024, or visit them on the web at the Gecko Beach Club.
With a peace sign on its roof that can be seen from the air, this quirky bar also features a resident alien mascot and galactic-themed decor. Expect a mix of reggae, ambient, and jazz music from live DJs as well as regular – and rather bizarre – extra-terrestrial performances. Set on the dunes overlooking Mitjorn beach, it can also claim some gorgeous sunsets and rumors abound that the likes of Dylan kicked back here in the sixties. For more information call +34 666 758 190, or visit them on the web at Blue Bar.
While principally a restaurant (and a fine one at that), Chezz Gerdi is also one of the finest places on the island to sink a sundowner or two. A playfully-decorated chill-out area provides a great spot for exploring their impressive cocktail menu – the Green Tea Gin is a highlight – and if the mood takes you stay for their delicious traditional Italian-inspired cooking. To find it look out for the rooftop VW camper van just on the outskirts of Es Pujols. For more information call +34 648 020 106, or visit them on the web at Chezz Gerdi.
The Entre Pinos Hotel & Spa is located in one of the prime locations of Formentera; between the beach and the coves of Es Calo and Arenals Beach, in the beautiful setting of a protected forest area away from the tourist areas, where you can stay and enjoy unique and unforgettable sensations. The hotel’s buffet restaurant serves international food and has a terrace next to the pool. There is also a café-bar serving snacks and drinks throughout the day. There is free WiFi in some areas and parasols and beach towels are provided for free. Hotel & Spa Entre Pinos is 15 minutes’ drive from La Savina. From here you can take a ferry to Ibiza or Dénia. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit the Hotel & Spa Entre Pinos.
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Offering an outdoor pool and a bar, Blanco Hotel is located in the heart of Es Pujols area, on the island of Formentera. It features elegantly decorated air-conditioned rooms and a 24-hour front desk. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. Featuring a terrace, all rooms have a hardwood floor and are smartly designed so as to benefit from the natural sun light and bright colors of the island. They come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a wardrobe. The private bathroom comes with a shower, hairdryer and a bathrobe. Extras include a mini-bar, a safe and an iPod dock station. At Blanco Hotel guests will find different gastronomic areas , like the Buffet Breakfast with Show Cooking, a Cocktail Bar and a Lounge Pool Bar. Other facilities offered include a large solarium area with hammocks. Free private parking is possible on site. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Blanco Hotel Formentera.
Located in one of the most beautiful and quietest areas of Formentera, Cala Saona Hotel & Spa offers all services to make sure that your stay is simply unforgettable. With direct access to the beach from the hotel facilities, you will feel privileged, being able to enjoy not only the natural beauty of its environment, but also the possibility of caring for your body and mind in an environment which encourages enjoyment and relaxation: gym, spa, wellness, beauty treatments, padel tennis courts, Yoga, etc. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hotel Cala Saona & Spa.
Welcome to Sa Pedrera Suites & Spa, a complex of luxury suites, making your holiday in Formentera unforgettable. Located in Es Pujols, Sa Pedrera Suites & Spa is the ideal accommodation choice if you are seeking exclusivity, comfort and relaxation; the perfect combination of quality and well-being. This hotel has 29 spacious and luxurious suites for two people. The complex has a breakfast service which is included in the room rate, reception service with highly-qualified staff, towel service for pool and beach and daily cleaning service. There is a bar/restaurant, children’s pool, outdoor pool, wellness area (spa with jacuzzi, cold plunge-pool, sauna, massage room and heated pool), gym and multipurpose room (for fitness classes, personal training, etc). For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Sa Pedrera Suites & Spa.
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. This family-run hotel has a rooftop pool and sun terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. Rooms have a private balcony and free Wi-Fi. It is located in Es Pujols, in northern Formentera. The air conditioned rooms at the Sa Volta feature tiled floors. Each one is equipped with a minibar, flat-screen TV and private bathroom with a hairdryer. Hostal Sa Volta’s restaurant serves light meals and the bar has a terrace. There is a variety of restaurants and bars on Es Pujols’ nearby seafront promenade.