Leisure and activities

Formentera is more than just the last Mediterranean paradise in which to enjoy a classic summer holiday, surrounded by peace and quiet and an amazingly well conserved environment. 

Formentera also offers visitors a number of additional features to ensure a pleasant stay on the island at any time of year. Its mild climate (16º average from November to April) means you can bathe in the sea all year round, and autumn and spring are the best times to enjoy the magnificent light and colour of the island. 

The colours of the landscape are much cleaner and more harmonious, free from the blinding light that invades Formentera in the summer. A simple sunset or a glance at the sky and the sea become a unique spectacle which, in itself, justifies a visit to the island.

Want to enjoy its villages?

La Savina: The port of La Savina is the first town to consider as it is the only access for tourists to the island and, therefore, vitally important. If anything characterizes La Savina it is the continuous coming and going of boats: boats taking tourists and locals to and from the island, large and small fishing boats, and in summer an incredible number of pleasure boats captained by people who decide to spend their summer holidays at sea, travelling the Mediterranean coasts.  

San Francisco Javier: Three kilometres from the port is San Francesc Xavier, which is the most important town, considered the capital of the island, because the Town Hall is located in the main square. Right opposite the Town Hall is the parish church, which was used as a fortress against the Barbarians in the 18th century and which, over time, has become a haven for the parishioners. The Town Hall Square is where the most important festivals and events are held, attended by locals and tourists alike, in a festive, peaceful and, above all, welcoming atmosphere. San Francisco is the busiest town during the day due to its large number of shops and bars and, particularly, the promenade, where there are numerous hippy stalls, which attract tourists with their many items related to the island. All this makes the town the capital of the island and a place you have to visit during the day. 

San Fernando: Following the same road out of the port and after passing through Sant Francesc, the next town to visit is Sant Ferran, a place you have to pass through to get to La Mola or Es Pujols, and which offers a variety of bars and restaurants where you can go to eat or just have a quiet drink and watch the comings and goings of the people visiting the town. Sant Ferran is home to one of the most legendary and historical establishments of the island: La Fonda Pepe, which opened to the public in the 60s and since then has been visited by anyone who wishes to enjoy the peaceful and genuine hippy atmosphere of the island, because, despite the years, this is one of the few places that has hardly changed over time. 

Es Pujols: The last town and probably the most tourist-orientated: Es Pujols. You reach this town from the port exit or through Sant Ferran. As soon as you enter this town you notice that the atmosphere is very different from the rest, especially at night. The wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars, pubs and discos make this place a tourist paradise. Whether it is during the day or at night, the flow of people through Es Pujols is continuous; during the day you can enjoy its beaches and shops, and at night there is a festive atmosphere, especially in the pubs and on the seafront, where people are attracted by the hippy market and the festive atmosphere is mixed with the scent of the sea.   

La Mola: Without leaving the main road, the next stop after San Ferran is La Mola, the most remote town, since it is located at the highest point of the island, about 15 kilometres from Sant Ferran. You could say that this is one of the quietest towns, since because of the distance, it is not so frequented by tourists and there are few shops and restaurants. Its main attraction is the hippy market, which opens twice a week and attracts many people. Another attraction of this small town is the lighthouse, located on the cliffs, from which you can watch wonderful sunsets and enjoy the solitude of the place.

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Discover the beaches of Formentera

If there is anything truly typical of Formentera it is its beaches. The coast of this island is dotted with some of the best beaches in Europe, as corroborated by the thousands of tourists that enjoy their waters every summer. The development of tourism has made it possible to spend all day on the beach without having to leave: restaurants, sunbeds, beach umbrellas, water sports... , everything you need and more to enjoy the sun on these beaches.   

Below is a list of some of the best beaches on the island: 

Illetes: The beaches of Illetes, located at the northernmost tip of the island, the closest to the island of Espalmador (just 150m.), are the busiest and most frequented by tourists. You can reach this area with any vehicle, although, because of the constant movement of tourists, it is recommended to go on foot or by bicycle to enjoy the scenery more and contribute to its environmental protection. Moreover, part of this area is not accessible by car, only on foot, due to the roughness of the terrain. The area of Illetas is one of the richest in terms of leisure: water sports (sailing, water-skiing, etc.), restaurants... 

Llevant: Also located at the northern tip of the island, but on the eastern side, as its name suggests. It is also a large beach and, although it is the area closest to Illetas and therefore quite busy, because of its length it is possible to find quieter and less crowded parts, although naturally there is no shortage of restaurants and bars and thanks to its proximity to Illetas it is possible to visit all the beaches in the north of the island on foot. 

Cala Sahona: This small beach, despite its short length (barely 200m), is one of the most beautiful you can visit. Its characteristic peace and beauty make this cove an essential site for tourists. Surrounded, of course, by restaurants and bars where you can eat or cool off with a drink while enjoying the wonderful views of the neighbouring island of Ibiza or, closer by, the coast of Punta Pedrera, or the beautiful cliffs of Punta Rasa, which can be easily reached on foot, as they are just 10 minutes from the beach. 

Migjorn: Migjorn beach is one of the largest on the island, its expanse of sand covering much of the south coast of the island, from near La Mola to Es Cap de Barbaria, both these points, which are so far apart, being visible from this beach. Its large size and geographical location make this beach one of the least busy and, therefore, one of the quietest on the island, although this does not mean that there are not the typical restaurants and bars right next to the beach.    

Espalmador: Just 150 metres separate the island of Formentera from the island of Espalmador. This island, despite its small size of just 3 square kilometres, hides many wonders. There are two ways of reaching Espalmador: you can take the boat from the port of Formentera to Illetas and from there to Espalmador, or you can swim the distance between the two islands (weather and tide permitting). The most famous beach on the island is the "Platja de S"Alga", which is very large considering the size of the island and is considered a natural harbour because of its sheltered nature. 

The watchtower (Torre de Sa Guardiola), located at the highest point, looks over the coast of the island to observe the tourists, who must not forget that the island is private and as such must be respected, particularly bearing in mind that it is declared a nature reserve due to the large variety of wildlife that inhabits it. For this reason, no restaurants or similar establishments can be found on the island, as they are totally forbidden, but this makes it even more tempting to visit this small island and its beaches, unaltered by mankind.

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