Sunset on the beach
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.
Ca Na Costa
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.
Cala Saona has one of the best beaches on the island, and never really gets too crowded. The water is usually calm, and it is a favourite place for yachts to moor. The beach also attracts nudists, which somewhat shocked my parents...by the end of the holiday, my Mum had become an expert at discreetly photographing them as they sunbathed unawares, while my Dad developed a keen interest in snorkelling!! Tourists of a different kind entirely sometimes float into the bay...jellyfish. I imagine it would sting something chronic if you accidentally swam into one of those while taking a break from nude sunbathing...ouch!
The capital: San Francesc
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.
Cap de la Mola
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.
Beach Bar Piratabus
This traditional beach bar exists for more than 30 years now and has a reputation as a meeting point for the many (prevalent german) regulars who visit the island year after year.
It was founded by some people who opted out of their normals lives and started a business on the beach. In the beginning the bar was a transformed bus. But over the years the bus got rotten and was replaced by a wooden hut.
It's a perfect place to have a drink while enjoying the view over the Migjorn Beach. And you should try their famous smoked ham.
Every evening at sunset the bar gets really crowded by people who watch the vanishing sun with the background music 'Time to say goodbye'.
Coming from Ibiza, your first port of call will be the marina of La Savina. This is probably the liveliest place on the island, containing the tourist office, a couple of hotels and a rather posh yacht club. La Savina is surrounded by water...on one side you have the sea, on the other, a lake called Estany Pudent, a vaguely smelly expanse of water popular with birds and windsurfers.
Playa des Illetes
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!
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Es Calo de Sant Agusti
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.
El Pilar de la Mola
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.
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.
My favourite place
This is the beach I love most, a small spot between red rocks. During the high season, it's quite a prize to find a place where to lay on the sand! The water is very clear here and the wonderful view makes you breathless.
In 1993, Es calo was a very samll place, consisting of just a few beach cafes and rows of fishermen's boathouses made of driftwood. The pebbly beaches had kept away the hordes, which is why I quite liked the place. On the other side of the peninsula, less than a kilometre away maybe, lies Platja de Migjorn where a couple of large hotels line the long sandy beach.
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.
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.
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