Formentera: The Best Kept Secret of the Balearic Islands

Formentera may be the smallest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, but between its underwater caves, lighthouses, and amazing hiking trails, it has a lot to offer. 

Formentera, España


Formentera is the smallest of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. It’s renowned for its crystal clear waters and long stretches of pristine beaches with dunes and pine trees. 

Pastimes such as sailing and snorkelling are very popular here, with services available for equipment rentals and boat charters. 

There are no airports or crowds, making for an extremely peaceful holiday in a tiny corner of the world. There’s a ferry service provided by Med Pitiusa, Trasmapi Baleària and Aquabus from its neighbouring island of Ibiza, as well as a Baleària ferry going from Mallorca. Tickets can be purchased online or either directly at the port. 

Between the scenic greenery, beaches, and utmost tranquillity, you’ll be kicking yourself for not having discovered this small island sooner. Here’s why: 


Exquisite Beaches

This quiet island is known for its secluded beaches. To this day, the island maintains its “hippy” reputation, having celebrated flower-power parties in the 60s for its laid-back atmosphere. 

Unlike the other Balearic Islands, Formentera has managed to remain relatively untouched, with many vast stretches of golden beaches. Here you’ll find the best calas, (coves), such as Caló d’Es Morts and Cala Saona or some of the bigger beaches like Ses Illetes and Es Migjorn. 

Whichever one you go for, you’ll feel an empowering sense of calm come over you, amongst the turquoise blue waters and fine, white sands. 


Ses Illetes , Formentera, Spain


Endless Water Activities

Formentera is a watersports haven, with many visitors discovering the coasts of the island by kayak. Watersports is a thriving pastime here with 69 kilometres of nothing but virgin coastline and crystal blue waters and powdery white sand. 

There are activities available for all interests and levels, such as snorkelling, diving, or even taking a lazy boat ride. We recommended checking out Ses llletes or Migjorn beaches with six kilometres of soft sand. These beaches are ideal for paddle surfing, kayaking, and snorkelling. 

There are even some underwater caves to be discovered at the red cliffs of Punta Rasa. 



Formentera Gastronomy 

The smallest Balearic island stands out for its excellent quality of fish, featured in many fishes such as bullit de ratjada, rape a la cassolana, bonito casserole with fennel and capers, and bull d´anfos. 

A must-try dish that we recommend is the Peix Sec (dry fish) de Formentera, which is an island delicacy made by drying fish in the sun.  

You also can’t leave the island without trying traditional products like their liquid salt, artisanal cheese, honey, and dried figs. 


Peix Sec de Formentera


The Gorgeous Natural Spaces

With 130km of well-preserved hiking and cycling trails, Formentera is a favourite among visitors. These trails, known as the green routes, are found all over the island and served to connect the quiet, charming villages. Formentera is mostly flat, so walking or cycling the trails is a pleasant experience. 

The protected natural space of Ses Salines can be found between the islands of Formentera and Ibiza. Walking among its ponds is a beautiful experience, getting to plunge into the azure blue waters and snorkelling in its seabed. 


Walking Trails in Formentera


Discover the Emblematic Lighthouses

Did you know that lighthouses are a prominent attraction of the island? Finding the lighthouses is a great activity to partake in as you can look out over the high cliffs and enjoy some incredible views. 

A site not to be missed is the La Mola lighthouse, which is a staple of Formentera. It’s located at the island’s highest point, accompanied by stunning surrounding scenery and views. There’s also La Savina lighthouse, which is found close to the port and is probably the first thing you’ll spot as you arrive to the island. 


La Mola Lighthouse 


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