Formentera – Balearic Islands – Spain

The beaches and coves of this Balearic Island, with their fine white sand and unique turquoise sea, are the perfect place to switch off completely.

These coastal landscapes are dotted with little villages, natural harbours, and picturesque lighthouses, such as La Mola or Cap de Barbaria. Inland the scenery is enchanting – lakes, salt pans, caves, and woods of junipers and pines.

Visitors will also find three historic villages: Sant Francesc Xavier, Sant Ferran de ses Roques, and El Pilar de la Mola.

If you are looking for an active holiday, you can take an excursion to Les Salines Natural Park, go scuba diving or kayaking, ride a horse, or explore over 30 natural hiking routes and cycle tracks on the island. Shopping options are good too, with traditional craft markets in La Mola and Sant Ferran.

The traditional local cuisine includes products which have become well-known outside Formentera, such as Peix sec (dried fish), liquid salt, curd cheese, and herbal liqueur.

Sant Francesc is just 3 kilometres from Formentera port. This town has a peaceful, welcoming marine atmosphere.

It has an outstanding parish church, a fortress built at the beginning of the 18th century, which once served as protection against the frequent pirate incursions suffered on the island.

If you want to get to know its customs and traditions in more detail, be sure to visit the Ethnological Museum, where you can also enjoy a gastronomic tasting session and an exhibition of folklore.

A visit to the crafts market and the “hippy” stalls on the promenade is also well worthwhile. Hand made costume jewellery, clothes and woollen goods are just some of the items you can take back with you as souvenirs.

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