Anyone who has been to Formentera can understand its appeal. The island is breathtakingly beautiful. Most of the island is a natural park, or might as well be. Though situated just a few miles off Ibiza’s coast, Formentera feels as wild and untamed as a distant Pacific island. Unspoiled landscapes, white powder-fine sandy beaches lapped by fresh turquoise waters make its beauty of simplicity, peace, and harmony with nature.
Sun, seclusion and amazing seafood… The pace of life here is gentle and timeless; visitors and residents are content with an uncomplicated, healthy lifestyle; cycling or walking along the excellent cycle paths and well-marked hiking trails are the most popular form of transport.
But it’s the island’s beaches, where naturism is widely and enthusiastically practiced, that steal the show.
Platja de ses Illetes, on the north-western coast, is considered one of the most beautiful in the Med. The waters off its coast are home to a protected seagrass and marine ecosystem as the area is part of the Ses Salines Natural Park. However, its fame attracts the day trippers from Ibiza and the Super Yachts.
Platja de Llevant, on the other side, a long broad sandy beach backed by dunes and trees, stretching nearly 5 km from the island of Espalmador in the north to Es Pujol in the south, is the official naturist beach.
Es Trucadors, north of both Illetes and Llevant, is a strip of land that offers solitude way from the crowds, especially in high season. More secluded and not easily accessible for day trippers, Platja de Migjornis located on the southern coast and is the longest beach on the island. Es Cavall d’en Borras is the closest beach to the port and provides very calm conditions, to name a few.
Formentera never gets as crowded as the other Balearic Islands, so it’s a great destination even in high summer when temperatures reach about 29ºC. July is the best month. By mid-September, its beaches become empty, and bars and restaurants close while farmers and fishermen reclaim the scene.
“The tan will fade but the memories will last forever”
The Lighthouse in springtime, Formentera
The island’s secret weapon against tourist invasion is its lack of an airport. The smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands, Formentera can be reached by ferry from Ibiza, which lies at a short distance of less than an hour. The ferry companies that usually operate on this route are Baleària, Mediterránea Pitiusa, Trasmapi and Naviera Aquabus – offering the Aquabus Jet, a new service on new high-speed, state-of-the-art ferries, that make the journey between the islands of Ibiza and Formentera in just 30 minutes. They run several times per day throughout the year.
La Savina, the island’s port, is a constant hive of activity as the island attracts a large number of sailors, including a dazzling display of SuperYachts. If you are in Mallorca or Ibiza, you should not miss the chance to visit, you will feel you’ve never been anywhere like this – the place can be at once so near and yet so far away.