It is one of the most popular islands in the Balearics, especially in summer, thanks to a clear sea and its enchanting beaches. But in Formentera also beats a green heart that makes it a true paradise for a holiday in the midst of nature out of season. When the mild temperatures, the colors and the scents of the flowers and the absence of crowds allow you to enjoy all its beauty, including the small villages of the interior and the white beaches along the coast.
Formentera is an island that invites calm. For this reason it is also the ideal place to visit on foot or by bike, thanks to its small size and not very demanding slopes.
Just last year, 32 green routes were inaugurated, creating a circuit of over 100 kilometers.
The access point to the island is the port of La Savina, located 3 kilometers from the capital Sant Francesc, a cozy and quiet place, where in addition to the ancient fortress built in the early eighteenth century, is characterized by many local specialties food, craft markets and hippy stalls. From here you can start to discover the island.
To the north you reach the peninsula of Es Trucadors, a long tongue of sand that stretches into the sea where there are some of the most beautiful beaches. Like Llevant, Es Cavall d’en Borràs and Ses Illetes, the most famous of the island also to watch the sunset, which offers a unique show at the end of the day. All this territory is located within the Natural Park of Saline d’Eivissa and Formentera, a large protected area for biodiversity. Admission is free for those who access on foot or by bike while paying for those arriving by car or motorbike. The landscape is characterized by white sand dunes alternating with cliffs surrounded by pine woods and juniper sabina di costa. Inside, instead, there are a series of evaporation basins fed by the sea that cover the ground with salt crystals. Next to it, two large pools of water, the ponds of Estany des Peix and Estany Pudent, are the perfect habitat for terns, flamingos and seagulls.
Opposite the peninsula is, as a natural continuation of Es Trucadors, the private island of S’Espalmador accessible to all with local boats. Even here you can take beautiful walks along the coast where, among others, there is the beach of S’Alga, on the west coast.
Returning south, following a flat path of about 30 kilometers, we reach Cap de Barbaria, where the lighthouse of the same name dominates a rocky and deserted landscape. Along the way, it is worth stopping off at Cala Saona, the only real beach on the west coast, with shallow waters and protected from the wind by high cliffs.
To the east, instead, extends the Costa de Tramuntana with low rocks and crystal clear water. It is one of the most peaceful places on the island, where you can walk starting from Racó de sa Pujada along the coast and reach Caló de Sant Agustí, the only town in this area that is highly appreciated for its picturesque fishing port and its many small restaurants. where to taste the gastronomic specialties. Just a 2 minute walk away is Ses Platgetes, two small sandy and rocky bays.
Continuing we arrive near the promontory of La Mola, at the foot of which is the most chic area of Formentera, with elegant hotels and restaurants on the beach that offer traditional local dishes. Going up, however, you reach the Faro de la Mola from where you can enjoy a spectacular view. For a little ‘relaxation on the beach there is Migjorn, 5 kilometers of fine sand in the shape of a crescent that frames the whole south of the island between Es Mal Pas and Es Copinar. It is one of the most magical places on the island where, it seems, that Pink Floyd composed The Dark Side of the Moon. It was a place much loved by hippies in the 60s, and today you can choose the vivacity around the chiringuitos or the calm in the middle of nature.