The Balearic island is an oasis of peace and well-being cradled in the calm waters of the Mare Nostrum. A natural paradise that invites relaxed walks or bike rides for its hundred kilometers of green routes, to listen to the heavenly symphony of birds or to immerse yourself in its crystalline waters, with a unique transparency that the oceanic posidonia gives it, its underwater treasure. And with a privileged climate that invites you to enjoy it all year round.
Wild, calm and of serene beauty; that’s how it is Formentera. A ‘slow’ experience that begins the moment you get on the ferry – the only way to access the island – and start to forget about the rush and stress. Its scarce 20 kilometers from west to east -from La Savina to El Pilar de la Mola- make it very affordable both on foot and pedaling. And the best way to discover its interior is through its 130 kilometers of green routes distributed in 32 itineraries. Another very special path, to practice ‘birding’, is the Camí des Brolls: an ornithological route of 4.3 km that crosses the perimeter of the Pudent Lake, in the Ses Salines Natural Park. There, eight panels report on the natural value of the area and the more than 200 species of migratory birds registered; and an observation screen allows you to admire many of them.
The most active can unleash their sports-terrestrial concerns with the Ruta Running, signposted from the Levante area and surrounding the Estany Pudent. And culture lovers will find in the heritage routes the way to discover and admire 14 interesting elements of this island, of just 84 km2; As the megalithic tomb of Ca Na Costa, the oldest archaeological site in the Balearic Islands, dating back to 2,000 BC
The island consists of six villages. La Savina, to the northwest, is the only access to the smallest of the Pitiusas, and by sea. Es Pujols, on the north coast, stands out for hosting the largest offer of hotels and nightlife. It is Caló, on the coast of Tramuntana, draws attention for its old boathouses that recall its essence as a fishing village. The Pilar de la Mola -to the east, in the highest part of the island- it is pure Bohemia; and its artisan market (on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, from May to October), with live music, captivates the visitor. In the inner zone, Sant Ferran it is a crossroads that in the seventies gave shelter to bohemians and hippies. And finally, Sant Francesc, the island capital, falls in love with its historical complex, in which its church (with the appearance of a fortress), the Fossar Vell and the Capilla de sa Tanca Vella stand out.
Between beaches and coves
Formentera is protected by five defense towers: Punta Prima (to the north, next to Es Pujols), Garroveret (to the south, next to Cape Barbaria), Sa Gavina (to the west, near Cala Saona), Pi des Català (to the south, on Migjorn beach) and Sa Guardiola (on the islet of Espalmador). But what most attracts the visitor are its beaches and coves. There is something for all tastes along its 69 km of coastline. Highlights Ses Illetes, to the northwest, always in the world top. Parallel to it, Llevant, looking east. To the north, the beaches of Es Pujols (first beach without smoke) and Ses Canyes have continuity with Sa Roqueta. To the south, the longest, Migjorn, 5 km of paradisiacal beaches. And in the coastal area of Tramuntana, Ses Platgetes, protected by Es Caló.
Other natural spectacles are its dreamy sunrises and sunsets. Getting up early in the little Pitiusa has a prize: seeing how the sun breaks from the Mediterranean horizon at the La Mola lighthouse, at the eastern end. It is the highest area of the island … although it is barely 192 meters above sea level. A place that inspired one of Jules Verne’s novels, ‘Hector Servadac’ (1877). To fall in love with the romantic sunsets we will have to move to the other side of the island, to the west. Both Cala Saona and, above all, Cap de Barbaria, with its vertiginous cliffs, are ideal places to say goodbye to the day
And as a gastronomic icing on the cake, taste its traditional cuisine with dishes such as octopus frit, country fries, raw squid, fish bullit, dried fish … and the wines of its two wineries: Cap de Barbaria and Terramoll. The guide Formentera Slow Food allows the visitor to locate your proximity products. All very natural, like the island itself. And to savor it quietly. Formentera, take it easy!
More information: www.formentera.es