Es Pujols is the main village of Formentera. In my opinion, it is the best place to stay because almost all of the attractions are based here.
A typical day in Formentera includes an aperitif on the beach at sunset, late dinner, and a drink at the pub after dinner. Es Pujols can offer a range of pubs and bars (there are not so many discos on the island) and late night shopping that you will not find anywhere else on the island.
Last, but not least, the beach of Es Pujols is great, so if you don't feel like driving to other beaches, you will not be disappointed!
Although this small fishing village already has some guesthouses, life is still very quite here. There are still some fishermen left and you can see their boats on the beach and you can eat what they caught in the restaurants of the village while you enjoy the splendid view to the rocky coast.
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 small village of El Pilar de la Mola is located on the rural plateau in the eastern part of Formentera. It's a quite village with no more than about 1.000 inhabitants.
On wednesdays and sundays they have a hippie market here which is quite famous. It's not only a good oportunity to buy some nice souvenirs but also a colourful spectacle. The market is held in front of the church 'Nuestra Senora del Pilar' which dates back to 1784.
Jules Verne mentioned Formentera in his novel 'Of on a Comet'. The author describes a launching platform for an adventures journey on the rocks of Cap de la Mola.
Grateful for the mentioning of their island, the inhabitants of Formentera built a monument in honour of Jules Verne.
The high plateau in the south-eastern part of Formentera is a very scenic place. At its end you'll find the lighthouse 'Far de la Mola' situated on a 114 meter high rock. From here you have splendid view over the rocky shoreline onto the Mediterranean.
If you are lucky and its a clear day you migth even see the island of Mallorca in the distance. On the rocks around the lighthouse live a lot of lizards. These lively small animals are one of the emblems of Formentera and you find wooden and ceramic-style lizards in almost every souvenir shop on the island.
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.
This megalithic tomb has been discovered in 1974. It is considered by archeologists as one of the most important prehistoric findings of the Balearic Islands.
The tomb is about 3.800 years old and has a sepulcher that is surrounded by seven vertical stone-walls of about 2 meters height. In the tomb they found the sceletal remains of about seven men and two women together with some jewellery, ceramics and a stone axe.
The tomb is fenced and you can only see it from outside.
The most important church of Formentera was built in 1726 as a fortified church with thick walls and small windows. And it had been equipped with canons to protect the inhabitants of the island against the attacks of pirates.
Formenteras capital San Francesc actually is a village with about 1.500 inhabitants. Only a few narrow streets with small houses surround the nice square 'Placa de sa Constitucio' where you find the town hall, the cathedral, the post-office and some restaurants.
In the adjacent pedestrian area are a few shops and some hippies sell their self-made jewellery and foulards to the tourists.
In the summer you can sit here in a small bar and watch the activity on the street while sipping a 'hierbas' - a traditional schnaps made from herbs.
The small town of Es Pujols is the touristic center of Formentera. Here you find hotels, apartment-buildings, restaurants, bars, souvenir-shops and all those amenities you expect from a modern seaside resort.
But although this town is touristic it was able to conserve the charm of this small island. There are no highrise buildings or ugly concrete blocks and on its beach you even find some of the old boathouses of the fishermen.
In the evening the beach promenade is an open market for artisans. If you want a nice souvenir or a piece of costume jewellery, here is the best place to find it.
The main attractions of Formentera are its beautiful beaches. The island has a lot of it and most of them are with white sand and crystal clear water.
Our favourite beach has been 'Sa Arenal' the eastern part of the long Mitjorn Beach on the southern side of the flat country in the middle of the island.
There are also some rocks where its worthwhile to snorkel.
One of the MUST in Formentera is to have an aperitif drink after a long day spent on the beach, while the sun is going down. There are a several "chiringuitos", a kind of bar on the beach, where people go to celebrate the sunset drinking some good mojito and listening to some music played by the resident DJs. Of course you can dance, sometime on the tables, take pictures to the beautiful landscape, before coming back home to get ready youself for the night. The most known places to do that are the Blanco, located on km 8 on the road to La Mola, the Blue Bar, very close to Blanco, wich in the night becomes a restaurant and the wonderful and amazing Big Sur, located on the beach of las Illetes, on the north west of the island.
Playa des Illetes is one of Formentera's most beautiful beaches. It is not too crowded, the sea is wonderfully blue and clean and if you have a diving mask you can see many colored fishes very near the shore, you won't need to take the open sea to see them!
Remember that in Formentera beaches nudism is very common!
This is Platjia de Migjorn, a long bay with a pine forest behind the beach on its western end. Here you can easily find nudist people even if in the last years this habit in Formentera is going slowly down.