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Cala es Ram
This beach its a real fascinating one ! dont try to find a normal peeble beach with a comfy place to sunbathing. No way all is rocky erosioned formations till the edge of the water.. but i dont mind i love it ..
To get there ask in advance to locals. Take the road from east to west, drive up towards La Mola and after km 23 there's a fork to the right once you are in the bending roads.. as a reference the first fork to the right is to a complex called L'Escopinya, after this keep on going up and you'll see a garbage container.. go straight to the next container at the right.. then leave the tarmac road turning right and follow the forest trail (quite wide) paying special attention to rocks on the way.. keep on going for 2 or 3 km following the posted signs "Cala es Ram".. you will see the sea at the end of a slope .
These pictures are from this place, some aproaching to the place other on the spot.
Take a walk away from the roads, and you might happen across one of the many "torre" on top of a clifftop. Or you might stumble upon a picturesque church, a private sandy cove, a hidden villa...or a traditional windmill like this one.
Over many centuries the inhabitants of Formentera used the shallow lagoons in the north-western part of the island for the production of salt. But nowadays this isn't profitable anymore and the salines now are under natur conservancy.
The salines are a paradise for many kinds of birds. I've been told that there are often big flocks of flamingos in wintertime.
Moli Vell de la Mola
Next to the village El Pilar de la Mola you find this old windmill. A lot of these mills have been used by the farmers of Formentera to grind corn in former times, but most of them don't exist anymore.
This mill however is still in a good condition and can be visited. The mill dates back to the year 1778 and belongs today to the Fundacio Illes Baleares - a foundation for the preservation of historic buildings.
The little Pitiusa
Formentera is the fourth island of the Balearic archipelago in area, 82 km2, and, together with the neighbouring island of Ibiza, makes up the Pitiusa Islands. It is located between latitude 38? 40' and 38? 49' north and between longitude l? l7' and l? 28' east . It is separated from the island of Ibiza by a narrow channel of 3.6 km. The distance between the ports of Ibiza and Formentera is 11 nautical miles. The shape of Formentera stretches out from east to west with an extension on the west side, the Cap de Barbaria, that extends southward and with the points of Sa Pedrera and Borronar that extend northward.
A great part of Formentera is covered by pine forests such as Pinus halepensis and sabinas which are Juniperus Phoenicia from the family of Cupresaceas (Gimnospermas). There also exist some examples of Pino piñonero (Pinus Pinea) which give pine nuts..
We can say the the sabina is the characteristic tree of Formentera in that in no other island in the archipelago does it have such importance in the number, size and age of these trees. In the oldest houses in Formentera there can be found door and window frames, beams, and other parts built with sabina wood that have resisted perfectly both the passing of time and bad weather. This wood is also used occasionally as a decorative element in houses and restaurants. A particularly unfortunate use has been added to the traditional ones as young trees have been cut down to be used as 'Christmas trees' due to their similarity. This has contributed to a reduction in its numbers but also to an intensification in its protection.
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