For anyone who is coming to spend holidays in Ibiza, an obligatory visit is to the Formentera island, and the best way to reach it is with Santa Eulalia Ferry. We have daily departures from Santa Eulalia, Cala Llonga, Es Canar y Cala Pada.
Formentera is the smallest of the Pitiusas islands. A small piece of land bathed by turquoise waters and white fine sands. The truth is that, if paradise existed, would be quite similar to some of the beaches of Formentera. Illetes, Els Arenals, La Tanga, Es Pujols… we wouldn’t know which to recommend because all of them are awesome. All of them are not far from the port, and close between each other. Biking, by scooter or a car, in case you travel in a group, you will reach any of them in about five minutes.
Besides the beaches, Formentera has a great natural appeal. Its posidonia meadows make Formentera an awesome place for practicing snorkeling, windsurfing, paddle or canoeing. In fact, is a luxury to practice any outdoor sport in this land. In spring there are great sport events happening, like Xtrail routes and the half Marathon of Formentera which is already known all over the country and has lots of international participants.
Its lighthouses are a marvelous thing to see also. The known La Mola Lighthouse, surrounded by cliffs, will stop your breath while the friendly blue lizards keep you company. Visit it on Wednesdays if besides nature, you are interested in visiting the Hippy Market of La Mola, where you will find all kinds of jewelry or leather clothing made by local designers.
At the other side you will find the lighthouse of Cap De Babaria. The very passable path to reach it is like being in a Julio Médem movie in which you are the main character. A narrow path between pines which ends up in a big esplanade that arrives at the end of the island, seeing the lighthouse like it is suspended over the sea. Don’t miss the cave that you will see at the right hand side of the lighthouse that was used in the seventies and eighties by the smugglers.
The gastronomic offer of Formentera is extraordinary. You can try its rice dishes or eggs with lobster or any of its five stars dishes in its chiringuitos like the Tanga or restaurants spread all over the coast. They are as diverse as the modern and sophisticated El Beso, that makes the lunch become a party or the traditional Bellavista with its exquisite paellas. And, of course, there is no lack of places to sleep, in case you want to spend more than one day in this piece of paradise.
We recommend to use a lot of sun protection and bring an umbrella with you, because, being surrounded by water, the sun is very strong and is a risk to get burnt. It's also good to keep in mind that if you find strong winds once you are at the beach, it is enough to walk to the other side of the island to find refuge. Having different orientation coasts, so close to each other is an advantage that you will find in very few places in the world.