The slightly more pleasant Spanish island of Formentera is located about seven kilometers south of the party island of Ibiza. The biggest difference with Ibiza are the quiet pearly white beaches. This island is ideally suited for beautiful walks or bike rides, where you can enjoy all the natural beauty that this island has to offer. The island is equipped with a number of lighthouses and beautiful viewpoints. World famous sights include the hippie cafe Fonda Pepe in San Ferran and the sunset in Cala Saona. The town of Cap de Barbaria with its 18th century defense tower and the villages of Sant Francesc Xavier – Sant Ferran de Ses Roques – El Pilar de la Mola should not be missed during your stay.
Top 10 sights of Formentera
#1. Far de la Mola
According to SUNGLASSESWILL, the highest point of Formentera can be found at the eastern tip of the island. On top of these steep cliffs is a lighthouse and a memorial stone of the French writer Jules Verne. His book ‘Hector Servadac’ in which Formentera played a major role was published in 1877. The real highlight of this location, however, is the amazing view.
#2. Tomb of Ca Na Costa
On this part of Formentera lies evidence that the island has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. Ca Na Costa near the road from Estany Pudent to Es Pujols. The tombs are considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the Balearic Islands.
#3. Salt production Las Salinas
The salt pans of the island of Formentera can be found in the beautiful Ses Salines Natural Park. Because the waters at this location enjoy the most sun on the island, a lot of sea grass grows here. And this seagrass then ensures that the waters are filtered naturally in such a way that the clearest water in the world is said to be found here. The additional minerals in the organic sea salt that is extracted here makes it very high quality. Nearby is the old ‘Es Molí de Sal’ windmill.
#4. Es Calo
If you want to eat fish anywhere on this island, we advise you to do it in this place. This old fishing village was once founded by monks sometime in the ninth century. On the beautiful, but small beach you will find many eateries with all the goodies from the sea on the menu. In the distance you can probably see the island of Ibiza.
#5. Estany des Peix
In the north of Formentera, within the boundaries of the Ses Salinas Natural Park, lies the beautiful Lake des Peix. The lake is separated from the sea by a dune bar. Many birds like to stay on and along these waters. Via a path you can continue to the place Can Marroig.
#6. Church of Sant Francesc
The unusual looking white rectangular church without towers owes its appearance mainly to the fact that it previously served as a fortress. Since 1738 the church has been in the capital ‘Sant Francesc Xavier’. You will find it opposite the town hall. The place itself is very cozy with its cozy terraces and nice boutiques.
#7. Parque Natural de Ses Salines
Within the boundaries of this huge natural park de Ses Salines, unprecedented populations of birds and species of flora and fauna can be found. There are several routes to take, so be well prepared with a map. About 75% of this approximately 13,000 hectare area consists of water.
#8. La Savina
The port of Formentera can be found in La Savina. It can best be described as a mix between fishing port and marina. The adjacent beaches Llevant and Illetes are among the nicer beaches of Formentera. There are also nice eateries and shops in the vicinity of the harbor. A ferry departs regularly from the port to the island of Ibiza.
#9. Marine Reserve of Freus Ibiza and Formentera
This marine protected area is located between Ibiza and Formentera. The small islands of Castavi, Penjats, Ses Espalmador are part of this. The underwater world is so protected here that you have to apply for a permit to dive there. But because of this protection, you can find a unique piece of sea here with diverse splendor in fish species, sea grass fields, caves, wrecks and colorful coral.
The wonderful white and fairly quiet beaches attract many tourists to the island of Formentera every year. Also quite unique are the large numbers of nudist beaches here. It is therefore recommended to check carefully which beach you want to go to and what your preference is. The most beautiful beaches of Formentera are: Caló des Mort, Sa Roqueta, S’Arenal, Es Pujois, Cala Saona, Illetes, Ses Platgetes, Es Caló, Llevant and Es Cavall d’en Borras The largest beach on the island is located in the south, this is called Migjorn.