Formmentera, the small island of the Balearic Islands
The calm Formentera, 19 kilometres long and with its 6000 inhabitants, is situated to the south of Ibiza with which it forms the whole of the Pityuses, to which are added a few islets.
Sant Francesc Xavier is the most important of the villages. There you will find the town hall, the post office, a school and shops. Its market is very popular in summer where hippy handicrafts and local products are very popular.
It is by ferry from Ibiza that we disembark all year round at the port of La Savina, the only access point to the island.
It is also from here that the only road starts, you can easily find bicycles or car hire, but it is on foot, by one of its many hiking trails that you will discover the best landscapes of vineyards, wheat fields, olive groves, beaches and cliffs.
To the north, two vast salt ponds, Estany Pudent and Estany de Peix, bear witness to the island’s former saliculture activity. Among the islands surrounding Formentera, S’ Espalmador, a private island and S’ Espardell are the most important.
Private, but uninhabited, Espalmador is nevertheless accessible and naturists highly appreciate its baths of sulphide mud.
To the west of the ponds, Punta Pedredas forms a vast mineral expanse in which the sea flows into natural pools filled with sulphide mud.
Between Savina and Es Pujols we discover the megalithic monument of Ca Na Costa. This dolmen testifies, with its burial dating from 1600 B. C., to the seniority of the human presence in these places.
Visits to Fromentera
Sant Francesc Xavier
Located 3 km from the port, Sant Francesc Xavier is the capital of the island’s municipality. This is where Formentera’s town hall is located. A city of marine tradition, it was once defended from pirate incursions by a fortress built in the 17th century.
Known for its charm and tranquillity, Formentera saw hippie communities settle on its land in the 1960s. It is on the Paseo de Sant Francesc that we will discover a market where they present a rather cool craftwork: costume jewellery, clothing and handmade wool articles…
Espany Pudent Lake
Estany Pudent is a large lake located north of Formentera between the villages of La Savina and Es Pujol. If swimming is forbidden in its waters, the paths and paths of the surroundings are accessible by bicycle or on foot. With the Es Brolls trail, they allow you to discover the beauty of its banks on which many species of birds nest.
During the winter the lake is particularly frequented by pink flamingos, mallards and herons. To the west the former salt works,” Ses Salines”, were before tourism the only place of economic activity in Formentera.
To the east of Estany Pudent, Es Pujol with its 500 m long sandy beach, its waterfront and the tranquil waters of its bay suitable for swimming and water sports, concentrates with the leisure activities that it offers both night and day entertainment.
hThe port of Savina
Savina, located 3 km from Sant Francesc, is the only access point to Formentera. Its small fishing port has now become, with the services and facilities it offers, an essential marina of the Balearic Islands.
Boats are provided by the port to go out to sea to discover a rich coastline where beaches and coves follow one another.
Estany des Peix
Near the Estany Pudent, the lake of Peix is a lagoon with a narrow opening with the Mediterranean that allows the mooring of small boats.
With small beaches with warm and shallow waters, the Estany des Peix is an ideal place for kayaking, windsurfing and other water activities.
Es Caló de Sant Agustí
A small fishing village, Es Caló de Sant Agustí is located in the eastern part of the island. It has traditional restaurants around a natural harbour whose wooden towbridges have been declared a place of cultural interest.
To the west is the beautiful white sandy cove of Ses Platgetes, while to the east the green road 25 starts its ascent towards the cliffs of La Mola. This historic path provides a unique view of the entire coastline and hinterland of this part of the island. Es Caló is reached by the picturesque PM-820 road.
La Mola Lighthouse
La Mola lighthouse, at the eastern end of Formentera, is often considered a magical place. Next door, a monolith in honour of Jules Vernes was erected because the lighthouse of La Mola is mentioned in his novel Hector Savadac.
Instead of taking the road to reach the lighthouse from El Pilar de La Mola, the green road 29 allows a journey to discover the island rurality of the place and then arrived at the lighthouse, a splendid view of the island and the Mediterranean horizon.
Cape Barbaría Lighthouse
The image of this lighthouse at the end of a desert road was immortalized by Julio Medem in the film “Lucia y el sexo”. Located at the southern end of the island, it is reached by the picturesque green roads 8,10 and 11, after passing through the prehistoric site of Cap de Barbaría.
Close to the lighthouse, the Torre des Carroveret, an ancient 18th century tower of guets that protected the island from pirates, nowadays one can admire magnificent sunsets on the Mediterranean.
Formentera, the last paradise
Formentera seen from the sky
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