Formentera is a municipality on its own and the second smallest Island of the Balearic Islands where people actually live. Together with Ibiza and a few other small islands they form the islandgroup: the Pityuses. Formentera lays around 9 kilometer south from Ibiza and is not longer than 19 kilometers long. The Island has a surface of
82 km². The capital of the island is Sant Francesc Xavier. Formentera has about 8.000 inhabitants, from which 30 % is foreigner. The island is pretty flat, the highest top is at a height of 192 meter above sea level (la Talaiassa La Mola). Formentera is only reachable from Ibiza (35 minute Ferry) and because of its beautiful beaches the islands knickname is: little caribic of Europe. In general you can devide the island in four parts.
The north is the most settlet part of the island. Here you find the towns La Savina, Es Pujols, Sant Ferran de ses Roques, Es Caló and Sant Francesc Xavier.
La Savina & Es Pujols
La Savina has the main harbour of the islands. Here also anker the ferries from and to eivissa-town. Es Pujols is the only real touristtown with hotel- and apartmentbuildings, restaurants, cafes and shops. Specially the night crawlers will find here what they are looking for: bars and discos. Between the cities of La Savina and Es Pujols you will find two saltlakes (Ses Salines). The salt extrection has stopped since 1986. But still they form an unique landscape. Specially at sunset the saltlakes light up in a beautiful scenery of colors.
Sant Francesc Xavier
Sant Francesc Xavier (de Formentera) is the capital and with 1.500 inhabitants the largest village of the island. Especially in the summer you´ll find a lot of activity in the mornings on the square before the church and the streets around it. At this time there is a little second-hand and hippiemarket where you can buy clothing, belts, juwelry and a lot of other artful hand-made stuff. The church was built in the start of the 18th century. For the inhabitants the church wasn´t only a place for the Sunday mass, but also a hideout for vicious pirates. The walls of this bastioned church are 2 meters thick. Worth a visit is the small ethnological museum in the pedestrian zone.
Nordwest of Es Pujols the island closes slowly as an arrow. At the end is a unsettled land mass which is surrounded by bright sandy beaches. The most famous one is Platja de Ses Illetes. The beauty of this beach attracts in the summseason every day a lot of boattourists from Ibiza.
To the south, lesser people live there and you go slowly up to a height of 119 meters. The southliest point of the island is Cap de Barbaria. Here you find 100 meter above sealevel a watchtower out of the old days. This part of the island is in a natural reserve. You´ll find here rural lands and rocky coasts with beautiful views.
Cap de Barbaria
The lighthouse in the south of the island is still unoccupied. Only the fields around are used as farmland and the sheep eat the grass as they have always done. For adventureseekers: a few meters to the right of the lighthouse, there is a hole in the rock bottom. Here you can climb down in a cave from which you have a special view over the Mediterrenean sea.
The small picturesque bay in the west of the island lays framed in between red rocks. This bay with his fine small sand and clear water is the perfect place to swim and in the evening enjoy a fantastic sunset.
Because of the small distances, Formentera is a perfect island to explore with a bicycle. In this area you will find with over 60 hectare wineries, which is about 12,5 % of the total farmlands. The beaches of Formentera which are very accessible, belong to the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. White bright sands and turquoise colored water have given Formentera his nickname.
Platja de Migjorn
In the middle of the island there is a six kilometer long and 1,5 kilometer width landslide. Here there aren´t any historical villages, but with Platja de Migjorn on the southcoast there is the longest beach off Formentera. Here you find a few bigger holidaycomplexes and possibilities for watersport like: schools for surfing, waterskiing and diving.
In the east of the Island there is the plateau of La Mola, which is reachable through an old roman road which ends at the top of around 192 meters above sealevel.
El Pilar de la Mola
In the centre of this plateau you will find the little village El Pilar de la Mola. Entirly to the east on a height of about 150 meters is the cape ´Punta de sa Ruda´, is the lighthouse. From this point there is an amazing view over the mediterranean. Like in the south, this part of the island cointains a rocky coastline and rural lands. Romantic couples visit this place when it is dark and the lighthouse presents a special lightshow. A sign reminds us of Jules Verne, who wrote about this tower in one of his novels.
When you have the possibility, do not hesitate to visit Formentera. With the excursion Formentera Bus, which we offer with IbizaIlusion every Tuesday, we will show you all the highlights of Formentera. There will be enough time to enjoy to visit one of the beautiful beaches of Formentera for a jump in the crystal clear water.