Formentera is one of the Balearic islands, you can find it right underneath Ibiza. I loved my time on this less discovered, beautiful Island. On this page I’m sharing my travel blog on Formentera. You’ll read how to get there, where to eat and what to do and see in Formentera.
How to get to Formentera
There’s no airport on Formentera. To get to the island, you’ll have to take the ferry from Ibiza. There are several operators with ferries to Formentera. But, trust me, you want to go with Trasmapi. They’re the fast ferry and it only takes you 30 minutes to cross from one island to the other. It’s not only faster than other ferries, it’s also less bouncy.
Rent a car on Formentera
I recommend that you rent a car or a scooter when you arrive on Formentera. The island might look compact and relatively flat, so you might think that bicycles are fine, but you might be surprised how much there is to see and how warm it can get in summer. I think a car is the best way to explore the island as you can always take a beach towel and your swimming wear with you! We rented a car with Isla Blanca Agency, it’s the first agency you see when you arrive on the island.
Formentera has some of the most beautiful beaches of the world and for sure one of the most beautiful ones in Europe. The beaches often appear on lists with the best beaches in the world. There are many beaches on the island and every time I visited one, I was amazed by how clear and blue the water was.
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Top Sights on Formentera
The beaches are one of the highlights of Formentera, without a doubt. But there are several other things to see on the island as well. Here’s an overview of my favorite sights on Formentera.
Sant Francesc Xavier
Sant Francesc de Xavier is often referred to as the ‘capital city’, although it’s officially a town. But it is one of the largest towns on the island and it sure is worth a visit! There’s a beautiful old church on the town square and all kinds of beautiful restaurants and shops surrounding it.
Speaking of old churches, you can also find one in Sant Ferran. In the seventies Sant Ferran was a popular town for hippies. The bar Fonda Beppe was legendary and it’s still open, right next to this old church in Sant Ferran.
Every Wednesday and Sunday from May to October you can visit the Hippie Market in La Mola on Formentera. On the market they sell all kinds of things like clothing, jewelry and artwork. All items sold are made on the island. The market starts in the afternoon and is nicest to visit in the evening.
Molino viejo de la Mola
In La Mola you can also find this beautiful old mill. You might remember that Pink Floyd once had an album with a similar mill on the cover. Some people say that it’s this mill, but others swear that it’s the one in Sant Francesc de Xavier. I don’t know which mill was on the More album but I thought this mill was the prettiest of the island.
Far de la Mola
All the way in the most Eastern tip of the island you can find the lighthouse Far de la Mola. I always think lighthouses have a fairy-tale feel to them, so I always like visiting them.
Far del Cap de Barberia
All the way on the most South-Western end of the island (the most South Western part of the Balearic islands in fact) you can also find a nice lighthouse. It’s called Far del Cap de Barberia. It might look like you can drive all the way there on your navigation, but the parking space is 25 minute walk away from the lighthouse. There’s no shade, so bring enough water. The lighthouse is wonderful and as it’s located next to the sea, you’ll have a nice breeze there. There’s a great surprise waiting for you right next to the lighthouse. Search for the whole in the ground and be amazed!
Punta Rasa are beautiful red cliffs. Navigate to Casetes Varador on the West of the island and from there you can walk over the cliffs to Punta Rasa. From your starting point you’ll have a great view over Cala Saona beach and during your walk you’ll have the beautiful bright blue sea to your right.
On several spots on Formentera you can find boat houses like these. They are old wooden structures that are made for the fisher boats. There’s often a wooden rail structure, so that they can pull the boats on shore. And they’re covered to protect the boats. I thought it was such a typical thing of the island, so I liked seeing them. I took this picture in Es Pujols.
There are many nice restaurants on the island. There’s something for everyone. From fresh fish to pizzas and from tapas to veggie burgers.
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Hotel on Formentera
Are you looking for a nice hotel for your stay in Formentera? I recommend Hotel Lago Dorado. It’s located at the beautiful bay Estany des Peix. It also has a swimming pool, so you can choose if you lay on the beach or by the pool. The hotel is quite basic, but it has everything you need. I also had a balcony that overlooked the west, so I could see the sunset every evening. There’s a nice breakfast buffet with bread rolls, all kinds of toppings, eggs and pastries.
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