Formentera Paradise island
can only be reached by boat from Ibiza, (the ferries arrive at Port La Savina) It is the smallest of the inhabited Balearic Islands. Some are saying that it is the last Mediterranean paradise due to the fact that it has been able to combine tourism with environmental protection.
Port a la Savina, Formentera. The journey takes 30 – 50 minutes from Ibiza Town, depending on your ferry choice. Balear ferries on line.
The main tourist resort is the former old fishing village Es Pujols, approximately 3km east of La Savina. Formentera has a very long coastline and along this coast are some rocky cliff areas and plenty of small and large beaches, coves, and sand dunes.
Formentera is flat and accessible and you can cover a good part of the island by bicycle. If you feel less energetic you can hire a car or a motorbike. Walking, cycling or staying on the beaches is more or less all the activities on offer. The best white sandy beaches are Platja (Playa) de Llevant and Platja (Playa) de ses Illetes.
La Mola Lighthouse
The height above the sea level is 142 meters. The lighthouse was opened on the 30th November 1861. For more information about La Mola lighthouse and other Balearic lighthouses have a look at Balearic Lighthouses.
The old boat huts
have been there for generations are to be seen on many beach areas, all still in use today. Inside the hut, among other things, the llaüt is stored, which is the ultimate and most traditional fishing boat of the Balearic islands.
Did you know?
Mediterranean film sets from Orson Welles’s playful, Ibiza-set essay-film F for Fake (1974) to party-island yoof flicks like Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000) and The Inbetweeners Movie (2011), the Balearic islands have been done varying levels of cinematic (in)justice.
In Julio Medem’s erotically charged melodrama Sex and Lucía, Lucía (Paz Vega) is a young woman who, believing her author boyfriend – Lorenzo (Tristán Ulloa) – has killed himself, travels to Formentera to discover the isle that her lover often talked about.
Famous Musicians on Formentera
Houses iced in whitewash guard a pale shore-line
Cornered by the cactus and the pine
Here I wonder where sweet sage and strange herbs grow
Down a sun-baked crumpled stony road…
These opening lyrics to the 1969 song “Formentera Lady” by prog rockers, King Crimson perhaps goes some way towards explaining why many musicians have found inspiration on the tiny island of Formentera over the years, most notably in the sixties and seventies.