Urgent guide Formentera offers you travel advice for the beautiful Balearic island of Formentera, Spain. Formentera is the smallest inhabited Balearic island and is a close neighbor to famous Ibiza.
Due to its size, Formentera can be visited in one day. However, Formentera is also charming and still has that Balearic vibe that other of her sister islands have lost. This island makes a perfect place for a short stay. Staying on the island for several days will give the traveler the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful nature Formentera has.
How to get there
Formentera is a close neighbor to Ibiza. To arrive at Formentera you will need to take a 30′ ferry from Ibiza to La Savina, Formentera’s entry port.
If you plan to visit Formentera in one day, you can rent a car or a motorbike as soon as you arrive.
Below are the companies offering the service:
Mediterránea Pitiusa: www.medpitiusa.net
Acciona Transmediterránea: www.transmediterranea.es
Best hotel in Formentera 2017
Gecko hotel and beach club offer the best quality accommodation in Formentera. The hotel sits at the Migjorn beach, so close to the water that you could jump into it.
We visited it in high season and loved the chill-out and relaxed atmosphere enhanced by the DJ playing Balearic sounds at the swimming pool side. Customers praised:
“Staff were very friendly and accommodating, breakfast was delicious and fresh, pool area was clean and beautiful, amazing views, delicious sangria, great yoga classes!”.
“Everything! The room was lovely! The staff were very friendly and helpful, food was lovely too! The location was fantastic!”.
Best budget accommodation in Formentera 2017
Hostal Bon Sol offers great accommodation at a great price, right in the center of the island and near everything. The rooms are spacious and tidy. See some customer reviews below.
“Such a great location close to everything in the town!! Fabulous staff and clean room, great value for money!”
“The location of this hotel is great, because it’s in the city center and right in front of restaurants, making it easy to go out to eat if you are in a hurry. The rooms are AWESOME, all newly decorated I believe, so it’s beautiful inside and very cosy. The staff is very kind and helpful, they helped us indicating the coolest beaches in Formentera, couldn’t thank them enough.”
“It was by far the cleanest and nicest place I stayed at in a long time.. Staff was very pleasant and location was perfect. That’s exactly what I was looking for after a few parties in Ibiza..thank you so much!”
Where to eat
Near a crossroads that dissects the island there is a local food restaurant called La Mariterránea. Try the special red rice with big red prawns! For reservations: +34 674 27 42 98
Day trip Formentera
Ses Salines natural park
Once you have secured your transportation you can drive to the first point of interest. Ses Salines is a nature reserve declared UNESCO’s World Heritage. This is a great place to stop if you like birds and particular ecosystems. More information .
Ses Illetes beach
Following north, on the road from Ses Salines, you will find Ses Illetes beach. This beach receives its name for the islets (illetes) present along its shore.
Formentera’s most famous beach sees a lot of people coming every day, so it is not uncommon to have problems parking. You will also notice a good number of yachts anchored in the area. This is a favorite beach for the famous and rich, particularly for those coming for a day trip from Ibiza. You can see a rustic boat going back and forth between the only restaurant and the yachts bringing them food and drinks all day long.
Near beautiful and busy Ses Illetes beach is more tranquil and windy Llevant beach. While Ses Illetes receives all the attention from visitors, Llevant usually offers a more quiet option.
Sa Punta Prima tower
Following the road to the south of the island, and before stopping for at La Mariterránea for lunch, you will find Sa Punta Prima tower. This 18th-century defense tower was built as a part of the system to defend the island from pirate attacks. The Sa Punta Prima tower was restored a few years ago. Due to its privileged position, it offers wonderful views of the island and the surrounding sea.
La mola lighthouse
With the stomach full, and hopefully happy, from lunch is time to take a 14km ride to La Mola lighthouse. This lighthouse offers wonderful views from the East corner of Formentera. Many people decide to spend here some hours admiring the sea and the sailboats passing by.
Des Mort cove
Time to go back north. Six kilometers from La Mola lighthouse, Des Mort cove offers a gorgeous scenery and a perfect place to set the towel, sit and relax. This small cove is another of the iconic sites Formentera has to offer. If you are lucky, the day you visit is not crowded with visitors. This beach offers splendid photography opportunities.
Es Arenals beach
Another popular beach in Formentera, Es Arenals is famous for its fine white sand. And for the crowds from the nearby resort too.
Next to Es Arenals is Migjorn beach. That is the beach where our favorite hotel in Formentera is located. The privileged position of the Gecko hotel and beach club is hard to beat!
Cap de Barbaria lighthouse
Cap de Babaria lighthouse is on the way to the last stop of this day trip. This lighthouse is less popular for visitors than La Mola, which we visited before. However, the place is worthy of a short visit because it offers a great viewpoint to the western side of the island as the sun starts descending.
Sant Francesc Xavier
Sant Frances Xavier is the capital of Formentera. This small and beautiful town is wonderful for walking in the early evening, visit the church-fortress of Sant Francesc Xavier, and have an ice cream while window shopping in one of the multiple souvenir shops or wandering around the pedestrian surrounding pedestrian streets.
That was great for a day trip, I hope you enjoy Formentera as much as we did!