Formentera, Balearic Islands: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Formentera is the smallest and southernmost island of the Balearics, which for years has welcomed millions of tourists for the fame of its numerous beaches and crystal clear waters. Ideal for a full sea holiday, beach by beach in search of the "perfect" one. A still uncontaminated nature in which many nature trails have been created, and in which the various sports activities of an island intersect: from snorkeling to sailing.

Loved by naturists who find in these places a perfect contact with nature. In the evening, life changes and the quiet chiringuitos are transformed into small discos on the beach where you can dance and drink a cocktail at a more chill out rhythm than in nearby Ibiza.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. How to reach us
  4. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  5. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  6. What to do in Formentera: excursions and tours
  7. How much does a holiday in Formentera cost? Prices, offers and advice
  8. User questions and comments
  9. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: About 12.000
  • Capital: Sant Francesc Xavier
  • Languages: Spanish and Catalan
  • Local currency: EUR
  • Weather: Mediterranean, with very hot summers and mild winters
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: for citizens of the EEUU, an identity document is enough.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Formentera is part of the Spanish Balearic archipelago, in the Western Mediterranean. It is the smallest and southernmost of the 4 islands.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: direct flights of about two hours to Ibiza; then you need to take a ferry or hydrofoil to Formentera (from € 48,00 - book online)
      Compare flights from Rome or Milan - from € 30,00
    • From the main European capitals: direct flights from the main European capitals to Ibiza (approximately 2,40 hours from London and 2,20 hours from Paris); then you need to take a ferry or hydrofoil to Formentera (from € 48,00 - book online)
      Compare flights to Ibiza - from € 41,00

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: the climate is Mediterranean, hot and muggy summers with peaks of 30/35 ° and fairly mild winters, which alternate sunny periods with rainy days (mainly concentrated between autumn and winter). Between July and September the sea temperature is around 24 °.
    • Best time: from June to September
    • Period to avoid: August is the month with the most attendance and between the heat and the confusion it may not be the ideal period. For those who want to live on the beach, the other seasons should also be avoided.
    • Advice: pack light and beach clothes for the day and change for the evening.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. The beach of Ses Illetes: it is the most famous, it is located within the Natural Park of Ses Salines of Eivissa and Formentera; over 450 meters of white sand lapped by a turquoise sea, calm and shallow make it an idyllic place. It owes its name to the islets that are right in front of it and that create a very special landscape.
    2. Llevant beach: as the name implies, it is located on the east side, for about 1.450 meters of white sand and crystal blue waters. A vast system of dunes and walkways to cross them separate the beach from the salt flats, allowing you to enjoy this incredible natural environment of high ecological value.
    3. Cala Saona: it is the only sandy beach set between the reddish cliffs of the west coast. From here you can admire one of the best sunsets on the island. Only 140 meters long, it is still very popular for the possibility of practicing numerous sports such as paddle surfing, kayaking or snorkeling.
    4. Migjorn: is the name of the south coast, it extends for 5 km of paradisiacal beaches. It is made up of numerous bays alternating between rocks and sand, with different accesses for each. The most popular are Mal Pas, Ca Marí, des Valenciani, Arenals and Copinar. There are all types of accommodation facilities.
    5. Caló des Morts: this tiny bay deserves a special mention, which despite its name is a hidden gem in the cliffs east of Migjorn, characterized by the presence of fishermen's huts. The strip of white sand is very small, so it fills up very quickly, but it's worth a try.
    6. Ses Platgetes: are three sandy areas alternating with rocks, on the north coast, in Es Caló de Sant Agustí. Ideal for snorkeling and to combine a gastronomic tour in the local cuisine, in one of the many restaurants in the country.
    7. The private islet of Espalmador: just 2 square kilometers large and only 150 meters from Formentera, it can however only be reached by boat from the port of La Savina (Bahia boat, takes about 30 minutes). There are no accommodation facilities and the beaches are pristine, with fine white sand and crystal clear sea.
    8. Es Pujols: despite being defined an "urban" beach because it is bordered by the seafront, it maintains its beauty of white sand and crystal clear sea, with the convenience of restaurants and shops close at hand. At 10 minutes we find the quieter and more isolated Sa Roqueta.
    9. The Lighthouse de la Mola, on the edge of a cliff 120 meters above the sea, it is a special place especially at sunrise or sunset. On the way to La Mola, there is a point, just before reaching the top, from which you can see the island in its entirety, the Mirador of Formentera.
    10. The Parque Natural de Ses Salines: it is a complex system for the collection of salt used from antiquity until 1984. The park includes the Pudent ponds, important for the presence of flamingos and storks and for the beaches mentioned.

    What to do in Formentera: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in Formentera cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Between the Balearics Formentera is certainly not the cheapest, but all in all it's not as expensive as you might think. A flight + hotel package in the central week of July is between € 800,00-900,00 (breakfast included) in 3/4 star structures.
    Regarding the expenses for food and drinks, a light lunch ranges from € 12,00 to € 15,00, while a 3-course dinner in a medium-level restaurant around € 25,00-35,00 per person; drinks € 12,00-15,00 but are often included in the entrance to the disco, which costs around € 25,00-30,00.
    The beaches are mostly free, you pay only if you access by scooter (€ 2,00) or car (€ 6,00); car rental for a week costs about € 150,00, 50cc scooter rental about € 20,00 / day.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -
    • flights to Ibiza (30 minutes from Formentera) starting from € 30,00 -
    • 1 week from € 435 per person -
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