Isla de Formentera Travel Guide

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Isla de Formentera Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great beaches and unspoiled nature 

  • Con
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     Not much to see, too quiet for some 

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     THE LAST LAND IN THIS BLOODY WORLD 

Isla de Formentera Things to Do

  • The Circuit Bus at Formentera

    Once you reach Formentera, either you rent a scooter, walk under the scorching sun and humidity or just ride the Circuit Bus that was available on the island. As a first time tourist to this place, I just did what the majority did and took the Circuit Bus where you can take a Short Circuit for 6 Euros that just brings you from Port de la Savina to...

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  • 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...

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  • Cap de Barbaria

    Cap de Barbaria is the most southern and the less populated part of Formentera.After passing through some villages, you will end up in a desert area only crossed by the street that is leading you to your destination: the lighthouse of Cap de Barbaria, rising at the end of the road, just in front of you!This spot becomes even more peculiar because...

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  • Cala Saona

    Cala Saona is a wonderful beach on the West coast of Formentera. Being located on a bay, it is very intimate and quiet. Because of its wonderful waters, Cala Saona is also appreciated by jelly fishes.. I got "beaten" while I was quietly resting close to the beach! But no worries, lifeguards are equipped with liters of ammonia :-DBe careful, it...

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  • San Ferran

    San Ferran is popular because of the hippy restaurant/guesthouse FONDA PEPE. Tradition says that every hippy organized a party in here. Formentera used to be one of the main destinations for the hippy movement, and some of the hippies that settled down in Formentera in the 60s and 70s actually live here, but we also noticed a lot of "new...

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  • Es Pujols

    Es Pujols is defined to be a little village crowded by italians one more time, with a real touristy seafront narrow boulevard but nice and cristal clear waters beach in front. Lots of terraces to sit and take a spirit and so many shops... Avoid it if you dont like corwds and the usual people behaviour in places like that. I just liked the beach but...

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Isla de Formentera Hotels

Isla de Formentera Restaurants

  • Best breakfast on the island!

    Café Matinal is a breakfast bar located in Sant Francesc. They are serving breakfasts only.They have several menus from which you can chose and a counter full of croissants, freshly home baked cakes and biscuits, fresh juices, jams, tea ... and coffee is excellent!They are open Mon-Sat from 8am to 3pm (closed on Sundays), so you can go there even...

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  • Perfect location

    The location where Es Mirador is build is wonderful. We stopped there for an aperitif at sunset time while going back to Es Pujols from La Mola just because we could not help doing it (take a look at the picture linked to this tip to understand why!). We wanted to stop for dinner as well, but it was fully booked... Remember to book in advance, it...

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  • Seafood and Steaks

    This restaurant is one of the better ones on Formentera. They have a terrace with a good view over the beach and the sea onto the island of Ibiza in the distance. Try their argentinian style steaks.

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  • Recommended by the rep...

    Or rep recommended this restaurant and it was nice and friendly and the atmosphere was relaxed. Like many places in Formentera, it was largely open air and quiet early evening, getting fuller and louder by 10pm.The owner was a German lady, so much of the menu was inspired by German dishes, but there was a mix of other European cuisine...

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  • It got lively after Midnight

    The atmosphere in this place is amazing - it's very Morroccan inspired, with low lighting, brightly coloured lanterns and candles illuminating the place. It's a hotel, but the open air restaurant on the beach is open to non-residents, the food is varied and fresh (from steaks and seafood to Morroccan tagines etc) and the staff very friendly. The...

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  • A wonderful view!

    To experience a sunset from the Mirador restaurant on the winding road up to La Mola with the spectacular view of the island below, when the blazing sun sinks into the blue sea beyond the mythical rock of Es Vedra at the tip of Ibiza, is a unique spectacle! the specialities of this restaurant are fresh fish (grilled, with green sauce ...), paella...

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Isla de Formentera Nightlife

  • Trendy beach bar

    The Big Sur is located at the beginning of les lletes beach, and it is one of the most popular and trendy beach bars on the island.Unfortunately, it can so crowded that you cannot even move, and you have to queue for a cocktail, which means too much stress when you are on holidays :)The Big Sur also hosts a small shop selling beachwear and...

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  • Beach bar

    Formentera is famous because of its aperitif beach bars and Yellow is definitely my favourite.I don't remember the exact location of this bar, but you'll find a wooden sign indicating the way on your right-hand side as you drive from Es Pujols in the direction of La Mola. Enjoy drinking a nice cocktail while listening to rock music and dancing on...

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  • The nights of Es Pujols

    Formentera isn't that well known for nightlife as its neighbour Ibiza. There are no fancy discos. But during the night the streets of Es Pujols get crowded with people who enjoy some drinks in the bars and street cafes. We visited in early September and all the places were packed. Dress casual - it's not Ibiza.

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Isla de Formentera Transportation

  • Cruise from San Antoni to Formentera

    I was at staying at San Antoni and on going to the port of the city. I looked for the boat which left for Formentera. I had only a day to do this and I did not want to go to a nearby island and wanted to ride the whole 2 hours to the island. I found the booth of Cruceros Portamany, SA and they do have daily cruises which leave at 1030 and return at...

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  • Formentera's airport is on Ibiza

    As Formentera is a very small island, an own airport isn't a possibility. So most of the visitors fly into Ibiza and go on by ferry.Ibiza's airport has connections to a lot of european cities especially during the summer months. So it should not be a problem to get a flight.But do carefully plan your itinerary. If you arrive late in the evening the...

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  • Go for scooters!

    Motorscooters are the best way to move around on the island. Formentera is pretty small, and most of the streets leading to the beaches are narrow and not asphalted. I've seen a couple of times cars stuck in the sandy roads on their way to the beach!Also, it is very difficult to park, both in the villages and close to the beach, but you will always...

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Isla de Formentera Local Customs

  • Lizards/geckos

    Formentera is populated by a large community of lizards/geckos, to the point that this tiny little reptile has become the symbol of the island.They are cute, ladies will not be scared, and used to deal with people: they won't run away when you approach them!

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  • Stone towers

    We saw a lot of towers made of stones on the beaches and at Cap de Barbaria. People say that if you express a wish while building your tower, your wish will come true when the wind will make the tower fall...I don't know whether this is true, but I made a stone tower too... just in case! :)

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  • Nudism

    Formentera is well known for its nudism, but there's plenty of people who keep their clothes on too - just go with whatever feels comfortable.As an English person, I found it strange to begin with that there was so much flesh of all shapes, sizes and ages (even local teenagers would gather after school in groups and get naked on the beach for some...

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Isla de Formentera Warnings and Dangers

  • Noisy accomodation

    Don't rent an apartment or go to a hotel in the main road of La Sabina it can be very noisy at night with all the motorbike riders, it is better to find accomodation in Porto Salé, not far away from la Sabina.

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  • Drive safetly!

    As I sad on my tip about transportation, scooters and bikes are the most popular means of transportation on the island. But you have to pay attention while driving in the night, because the roads aren't lit up at all!

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Isla de Formentera Tourist Traps

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    Bike parking in Illetas... :(

    by BurgerQueen Updated Apr 30, 2008

    Travelling in August is not a good idea.
    As a tradition, Italian companies close down for at least 2 weeks in August and you know that we do travel a lot.
    As I said a few times in my Formentera page, the island is an Italian colony and in August I got the impression to be in Italy, instead of Spain.
    The crowd is unbearable, prices double and it is not possible to fully appreciate the atmosphere of this paradise.

    Fun Alternatives: Visit the island either in June, July or September!

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Isla de Formentera What to Pack

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    Sandals for the night and for the day!

    by AlexDJ Written Feb 13, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You are on holidays and you've been looking for this moment of freedom for a long time! Not only your mind, but your body too! And, as a part of your body, your feet deserve a moment for relax! So, let them free, and take one or two pair of sandals and leave at home any other kind of shoes!

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Isla de Formentera Off The Beaten Path

  • Cap de Barbaria Defence Tower

    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...

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  • Cala En Baster

    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...

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  • Fisherman at Cala es Ram

    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

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Isla de Formentera Favorites

  • Cala Es Morts

    One of the most beautiful beaches in whole island.. i loved to be there.. here there are some pictures over the cliff before drop to the sandy rocky surrounded beach with cristal clear waters!!

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  • Rent a bycicle!!!

    Formentera is a small island and can thus be visited by bycicle instead of the noisy motorbikes that all italian tourist ride. It is cheaper, more ecological and healthier and it gives you the opportunity to discover the island at a human speed. By all means try it. You can find bikes to rent in many places in the port of La Sabina for about 5...

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  • Great Sunsets

    Formentera is famous for its beautiful sunsets. Almost every evening the sun vanishes dramatically behind the horizon.OK, I modified this picture a bit with photoshop. But it's definitely worth to stay a little longer at the beach to see the spectacle.

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