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Travel to Formentera, sandy beaches and turquoise seas

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands, or 'Pitiusa menor' in Spanish. The island is about half an hour away from Ibiza by hydroplane and is astonishing for its tranquillity. As you arrive at the small jetty, you'll quickly get a feel of the island's character. To get to the various villages, we recommend you follow the panoramic route that will take you through the salt marshes. The colours you'll see here are magnificent, giving you a really wonderful and welcoming first impression.

The inhabitants of Formentera love their island and are always keen to provide information or advice about the best walking trails.

To see

There are 5 windmills dotted around the island: the one close to Far de la Mola is very well preserved.

There is also a lighthouse at either end of the island: Far de Barbaria and Far de La Mola. Needless to say that the views from these are splendid. Far de Barbaria, which looks out onto the cape of the same name, offers a particularly impressive view of steep cliffs that plunge straight into the sea, which is a sight rather reminiscent of England...

To do

There are also many excursions to be enjoyed, including trips to the sand dunes, along the beach, or to the island's extremities. You will have understood by now: Formentera is a place to be discovered on foot!

The path (Camí) of S'Estany unfolds along the salt marshes, which display an enchanting array of colours when the sun is setting. Between the Camí Vell de La Mola and the Camí de Porto-salè de Dalt there are 3 windmills waiting to be discovered. Finally, you shouldn't miss the incredible walk to Llevant beach, on the northern tip of the island. Cars and mopeds must be parked just past the salt marshes, and then you have to walk along a strip of land surrounded by the sea. When the tide is low, you can walk all the way out to S'esplamador Island, but a quick swim is enough to get you there as well.

pros

  • +  The small size of the island, facilitating travels
  • +  The crystal clear water, it looks like the Caribbean!

cons

  • -  The crowds during the month of August
  • -  Nearly all of the hotels are open from March until the end of October

To think about

Formentera is a 'historic' site on the nudism map, and some of its beaches are particularly popular among German tourists. As this practice is widely tolerated, more modest visitors to the island should be warned!

To avoid

Roaming around on your moped without ever enjoying a walk along the beach would be a shame. Bicycles can also be hired in all of the touristy areas. According to the locals, among the many nationalities that come to stay on the island, it is the Italians who are most partial to the noisy mopeds as a means of transport. Let's hope that a more environmentally-friendly solution will be developed soon!

Don't wander around the dunes where it's prohibited: they belong to a fragile ecosystem that is regularly threatened by the throngs of tourists who come here in July and August.

To try

Try the paella, worthy of the best establishments, at any of the beachside restaurants, or one of the fresh fish specialities. This is, after all, an island.

Eating out
Sa Palmera restaurant, by the beach of Es Pujols. With its fresh fish and other Spanish dishes, it is reminiscent of a family guesthouse. The helpings are copious and the service is excellent. There's also usually a cat (Volice) that roams around the restaurant when it's not too full, adding that extra touch of friendliness. You can either sit inside or opt for the terrace to enjoy the impeccable view of the sea. And in the evening, you can watch football here if there's a match on. Tel.: 0034 971 32 83 56

To bring back

A perfect tan is the best souvenir to bring back! There aren't really any local specialities, but the town of Es Pujols does have a few trendy clothing boutiques. Alternatively, there is a small market in the centre of Sant Francesc Xavier, the main village on Formentera and its only 'urban' centre.

Weather Formentera

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Formentera . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Formentera so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Formentera , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather March
Overall rating 46/100
  • Temperature indicators 28% Cold

    Maximum temperature between 16°C and 18°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 84% Dry / Optimal

    Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

  • Sunbathing indicators 62% Good weather

    Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 26% Chilly

    Sea temperature between 18°C and 20°C. Wind speed between 7 mph and 18 mph.

  • Wind indicators 52% Breeze

    Moderate to strong winds (between 12mph and 18mph).

  • Humidity indicators 70% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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