Ibiza Area Guide to Formentera Island

Apr 10, 2023

Tiffany Bennett

6 min read

Welcome to Formentera, the sister island to Ibiza, often referred to as the "last paradise of the Mediterranean" due to its pristine beaches, Maldivian-like waters, and unspoiled nature.

Despite being just a short ferry ride from Ibiza, Formentera has managed to maintain its unique charm and tranquility, making it a popular destination for those seeking a peaceful escape.

In this guide, we’ll take you through all of the must-visit spots on the island, from beaches to bars, and also give you the low-down on getting to the island as well as getting around.

How To Get To Formentera

Formentera is well-connected to Ibiza, making it easy to visit when you’re here. You can easily get to Formentera by taking a ferry from either Ibiza Town, Santa Eulalia, San Antonio or Playa d’en Bossa. The main ferry operators are Trasmapi, Balearia, and Mediterranea Pitiusa. Trips take between 30-60 minutes.

The other option for visiting Formentera is by private yacht. Yacht hire is available from Ibiza Town, Santa Eulalia and San Antonio, and many boat hire companies can include visiting Formentera as part of your hire. Tender boats are available for most restaurants and you can stop at one of the many beaches to jump into the crystal clear waters.

Getting Around Formentera

Once on the island, getting around is also easy. The island is relatively small, and there are several options available for transportation. It’s easy to rent a car, scooter or bicycle to explore the island at your own pace. Alternatively, there is also an excellent bus service that connects the main towns and beaches on the island.

The Best Time To Visit Formentera

The best time to visit Formentera is between May and September when the weather is warm and sunny, and the sea is perfect for swimming. July and August are the busiest months, with crowds flocking to Ibiza to soak up the sun and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

If you prefer a quieter and more peaceful atmosphere, May, June, and September are the ideal months to visit. The weather is still warm and sunny, and the beaches and restaurants are less crowded.

The Beaches

One of the main reasons people flock to Formentera is for its beaches. With crystal-clear waters and powdery white sand, it's no surprise that many of the beaches in Formentera have been voted some of the best in Europe. Some of the most popular beaches include:

Ses Illetes, Formentera

Ses Illetes: Ses Illetes is often considered the crown jewel of Formentera's beaches. It's a long strip of beach with crystal-clear water and a view of the nearby island of Espalmador. The beach is surrounded by dunes and pine trees, giving it a secluded and intimate feel.

Cala Saona: Cala Saona is a small beach with calm waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. It's surrounded by cliffs and offers a stunning view of the sunset. The beach is also home to several restaurants and bars, making it a great place to spend the day.

Migjorn: Migjorn is the longest beach in Formentera, stretching over 5 kilometers. It's a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy the natural beauty of the island. The beach is backed by dunes and offers plenty of space to spread out and relax.

Es Pujols: Es Pujols is a cozy beach with casual beach bars and restaurants, a charming wooden boardwalk, crystal clear waters, and opportunities for water sports. As the sun sets, the area comes alive with buzzing activity, allowing you to stay longer into the evening.

The Nature

Formentera is known for its unspoiled nature, which has been protected by the local government for decades. The island is home to several nature reserves, including Ses Salines Natural Park and Es Cap de Barbaria. Visitors can explore these reserves on foot or by bike, taking in the stunning views and unique flora and fauna.

The Food

Formentera is a foodie's paradise, with a range of restaurants serving up fresh seafood and local specialties. Some of the most popular dishes include bullit de peix (a fish stew) and arroz a banda (rice cooked in fish broth) as well as traditional paella.

Can Dani, Formentera

5 of our favourites include: Can Dani: A classic Formentera restaurant that has been around for over 40 years, Can Dani offers delicious grilled meats, fresh seafood, and a great selection of wines in a rustic setting.

Es Molí de Sal: Located in the Salinas Natural Park, this restaurant offers stunning views of the sea and the salt flats. The menu features fresh Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist, using local and seasonal ingredients.

Chezz Gerdi: A trendy beachside restaurant with a laid-back vibe, Chezz Gerdi serves up a mix of international and Mediterranean dishes, including fresh sushi and grilled meats, as well as an extensive cocktail list.

Beso Beach: One of the most popular beach clubs on Formentera, Beso Beach offers a trendy and chic atmosphere, with sun loungers and parasols on the sand. The menu features fresh seafood, sushi, and Mediterranean cuisine, accompanied by an extensive wine list.

El Mirador de la Mola: Located at the highest point of Formentera, El Mirador de la Mola offers breathtaking views of the island and the sea. The menu features Mediterranean cuisine with a creative twist, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant also has a terrace and an outdoor pool, perfect for enjoying the view.

The Culture

Can Blai, Formentera

Despite its small size, Formentera has a rich cultural heritage that's worth exploring. The island is home to several ancient ruins, including the Roman villa of Can Blai and the megalithic monument of Ca Na Costa. Visitors can also explore the local markets and artisan shops, which offer a range of handmade goods and souvenirs.

Bars and Clubs

Formentera may be known for its tranquility, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in drinking spots! The island is home to several bars, many of which offer a laid-back and intimate atmosphere. The perfect locations to watch the world go by whilst sipping on a cocktail or 2.

The biggest news for 2023 is that Pacha Group will be opening Pachacha nightclub on Formentera, in what used to be Tipic in Es Pujols.

Other lively bars on Formentera include Bananas&Co, Kiosko 62, Gecko Beach Club and Blue Bar.

Bananas&co, Formentera

One thing’s for sure, once you visit Formentera, you’ll wonder why you’ve never been before.

Formentera is a truly beautiful island that offers something for everyone. From its stunning beaches and natural beauty to its rich history and culture, the island is the perfect destination for those looking to escape and relax. It’s a part of the Ibiza experience not to be missed.

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