If you are a fan of remote lighthouses, and crave that "end of the world" feeling, then the closest you'll come on Formentera is at Cabo Berbera in the south west. A lonely lighthouse, even lonelier than the one in La Mola, stands guard atop the cliffs...most tourists head to La Mola, as Cabo Berbera is a bit out of the way, but if you want to escape the crowds, then don't miss it.
Most of the people seem to enjoy going like herds of sheep to the same touristy beaches, but Formentera offers much more, only if you are prepared to discover it. These are some of the places you should see:
- Cala Em Baster, near Sant Ferran, a well hidden beach with small caves, very calm and great to dive.
-Hiking along the " antigua Calzada romana" starting in Es Caló following the coast up the hill. You will discover some caves along the way and you will enjoy breathtaking views of the blue sea.
-If you want to see a fantastic romantic and relaxing sunset, you must definitively go to the "Estany del Peix" instead of the "Big sur life" where all the young people are concentrated.
Formentera is still really off the beaten track as an island, but tourism is slowly building pressure on the little isle. On a day trip from Ibiza a few years ago, I enjoyed a visit to Far de la Mola at the southeastern point. Many visitors tend to stay around the beaches that girdle the centre of the island, the capital San Francisco or the salt lakes in the north and west. However, the point at Far de la Mola is undobutedly one of the most beautiful spots on the whole of Formentera, with views over the cool, blue Mediterranean. The place itself comprises of a whitewashed lighthouse (mola) and a couple of small shops on a stony plateau that looks almost like it's been covered with gravel. Here and there a few Alpine-like flowers jut through the stones, pink and white. The sheer cliffs all around drop suddenly right down to the sea, the waves crashing below. I have to say that the plateau reminded more of the summit of Helvellyn than the Mediterranean, and the cliffs were like those in Cornwall or North Wales, not Spain! The whole experience is unforgettable, a real contrast to the sandy beaches and flat palm groves of the rest of the Balearics; not to be missed!
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.
For me, Llevant is the best beach on the island. White sand, rough seas, nobody around...we'd been told about this beach by a Scottish couple in our hotel. So you can imagine our surprise when we met them there one day...they came strolling past and paused to chat...nothing wrong with that, you might think...but we didn't really know where to look, as they were not wearing any clothes and it was not a pretty sight!!
In the north of the island are some salt flats...in the midday sun, it is too white and bright to look at, but the scene becomes quite beautiful in the late afternoon. We stopped to take photos, and came across these strange beasts...I have no idea what they are for, so if anyone else does...let me know!
Cala En Baster is located on the northern side of the island, where beaches are less comfortable. Rather than being sand beaches, they are quite rocky and windy. Of course, this part of the island is far less touristic, which makes it the perfect place for nudism.
Starting from Cala En Baster and up to Es Calò you'll find several little bays that will become your private beach for a day ;-)
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.
This is not a real path, we follow the seashore line going up, going down playing with the orography.. We found such a real good places and nook,, look at the pictures.. im pretty sure you'd love to go there !!
Around cala es Ram there's lots an amazinof small places to rest in the rocks or swim .. the coastshore is plenty of nooks to jump to the water.. jumping from the sea level to the sea its not a problem because its around 10 meters deep in this place.. and its like jump to a swiming pool with turquoise and crystal clear waters
Who dare to say that these fishermen boat shelter ara in function.. so that's it.. next to the rocky beach there are several places to keep the boat from the rain and storms. its so bucolic and feels really good amidst the nature the sea and almost nobody there.. just 3 or 4 people more in this whole area
Cala es Ram resort sounds so trendy, posh and expensive.. it was our impressions just cheking the open air sofas in the middle of nowhere in front of the cliff and beach with a extra beautiful orientation to sunset. We fitted the cushions lol for a while and it was so comfy...looked so so good.. !!
Take a look to the pictures to watch what i say
Usually people visit Cap de Barbaria because of its well-known lighthouse. Only a few people notice a well preserved defence tower 500m away from it (if you are looking at the lighthouse, the tower is on your left-hand side).
The tower can only be reach on foot but the walk is definitely worthy also because of the wonderful panorama you'll get on the central part of Formentera and on the lighthouse when going back.
As I've said, the tower is well preserved, but it is not possible to enter it.
The only other village on the island, Sant Ferran doesn't immediately grab you as a tourist attraction. It is just a village, nothing more, nothing less.