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.