Just a short, 40-minute ferry ride from Ibiza, you’ll find Formentera with its champagne sands and crystal-clear waters. Compared to the bright lights of Ibiza, this Caribbean-esque isle is all about lazy days on the beach, hippy markets and go-slow settings as standard.
Where to stay
Platja de Migjorn
If you’re a beach bum, you’ve come to the right place, as Platja de Migjorn is home to the biggest sandy stretch on the island at a whopping 5km long. Plus, with shores and sandy coves that are linked by wooden walkways, it’s easy to find your perfect spot on the sand. By day or by night, you can expect sensational sea views, chilled-out vibes and fresh food galore.
The buzzy beach resort of Es Pujols is the largest on Formentera. Despite this, it still manages to retain that off-the-beaten-track vibe with its snow-white sands and turquoise water. Between the backstreet bars and beachfront eateries, there’s plenty in store if you’re looking to have a chilled-out evening, along with boutique shops and markets to peruse during the day.
What to do
Cycle around the island
There’s no better way to explore the island than on two wheels. And with over 100km of cycling trails, spread across 32 green routes, it’s easy to get around. Plus, thanks to the island’s ban on beachfront construction, you can expect a truly unspoilt coastline and a flat landscape that’s suited to even the most novice cyclers. Expect a calendar of races to watch in October too.
Go scuba diving
Look past the island’s beaches and you’ll discover a magnificent underwater world like no other. Es Freus Marine Reserve is the place for beginners to learn the ropes, with extensive diving courses and expert instructors. The waters are typically calm which makes it even easier for divers to spot all manner of magnificent marine life, as well as the underwater meadows of Neptune grass – AKA Posidonia Oceanica.
Take a Catamaran boat trip
Ready to set sail? Hop on a Catamaran boat trip and spend the day sprawled across the deck as you glide past all of Formentera’s best spots. Opt for a day trip with cliffs, caves and coves – go for a dip, then tuck into a tasty lunch back onboard. Rather set sail at sunset? Discover the beauty of Formentera’s coast as the sun dips behind the horizon.
Have lunch at Casa Pacha
This is Pacha, but not as you know it. Forget the pumping club scene and neon lights, Casa Pacha oozes beachfront bliss and classic island vibes. Sink your toes into the sand as you sip on curated cocktails and munch on classic dishes like grilled fish and crispy calamari, all to the deep groove of the DJ’s beats. Think barefoot simplicity at its finest.
What to see
Calo Des Mort
Hands up who fancies spending the day at one of the island’s coolest coves? Whether you’re a snorkeller or a sunbather, with Calo Des Mort’s shallow waters and silky sand, you’re in for a real treat. Make sure you pack plenty of water and snacks – there are no facilities here!
Cap de Barbaria Lighthouse & Cave
An icon of the island, Cap de Barbaria Lighthouse and Cave is nestled upon the southernmost point of the island. It’s postcard-perfect, with a singular track running down to its entrance, greenery to the either side and the never-ending seascape stretching out behind it. Did you know there’s a cave nearby too? Cova Foradada is accessible by a wooden ladder and boasts a terrace overlooking the sea.
Formentera’s salt flats are a real scenic spot, boasting rich flora and fauna and pink waters. The salt flats are part of the nature reserve on the edge of La Savina, so don’t be surprised if you spot a few feathery fellows taking a dip in the water. It’s well worth visiting at sunset, where the colours of the sky reflect in the water below.
Torre de sa Punta Prima
Pull on your walking shoes and make your way to Torre de sa Punta Prima, the island’s coastal defence tower that dates all the way back to the 1700s. If you need a break from the beach, it’s the ideal spot to delve into the island’s history. Plus, it’s got some pretty spectacular views too.
Posted: 14th Sept 2023.