Formentera, Ibiza, Spain
The island is reachable by ferry only from Ibiza and this makes it the quietest of both islands but in recent years regular lines from the Spanish mainland have increased the amount of tourism.
From long stretches of white sand to secluded and empty coves, Formentera has 20km of beaches for you to choose from. The island is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the waters are a beautiful blue that's as clear as clear can be.
In the north of the island, the long stretch of sands of Llevant Beach and Illetas have a sailing school, a diving school, pedalos and watersports such as parasailing. Watersports are also available at the pretty pine-tree backed Es Cavall d'en Borras beach, which is near the port. Es Pujols is a popular beach and is well serviced with watersports.
On the west coast, Cala Saona is a pretty beach backed by pine trees and set in a narrow bay protected by rocky cliffs to each side. Despite its rural location, it is easily accessible by bus and has a couple of bars and restaurants nearby.
On the south coast, Migjorn beach stretches for miles and has plenty of quiet spots as well as a good offering of watersports including a sailing school and a diving school.
Things to Do
Take a boat trip from the port to the uninhabited island of S'Espalmador which lies 3km offshore and laze on the lovely S'Alga beach or swim in the calm waters.
Enjoy the isolation Cap de Barbaria, see the lighthouse and the defense tower on the majestic cliffs, admire panoramic views towards Ibiza and Africa or watch the beautiful sunset.
If you want to go cycling or hiking and explore the unspoiled landscapes of the island, there are 20 Green Tour trails which you can follow. The wetlands of the Ses Salines Natural Park are a great place for birdwatching as are the salt lagoons of Estany Pudent and Estany des Peix.
The island attracts many artisans and crafts people and there are some good craft markets worth visiting. On Wednesday and Sundays evenings (4pm to 9pm), head for La Mola. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings there is an Artisan Market at Sant Ferran and every evening, stalls line the promenade at Es Pujuls.
Out and About
During July and August, Market Savina, near the port is open in the morning and the evenings until late every day.
For delicious fresh fish restaurants try the charming little fishing village of Es Calo, which has a natural harbour and is surrounded by pine woods.
In the heart of the island, Sant Francesc is the main town and here you can see the 18th century church, sit in the main square and enjoy the atmosphere of daily island life or browse the exhibits at the Ethnological Museum.
You can drive from one end of the island to the other in around 30 minutes, so exploring all regions of the island is quite feasible during your holiday.
You can also take the ferry back to Ibiza for the day and spend some time strolling around the historic quarter of Ibiza town, browsing the art galleries and the harbour, visiting the Cathedral and relaxing at one of the restaurants in the square.
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