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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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