Known as the Mediterranean Caribbean, the island of Formentera is part of the Ses Salines nature reserve. Small and quiet, it is the ideal place for those who want to rest from the discos and the endless intense nightlife of Ibiza. engaging the time along the beaches, or making small excursions.
Famous for its white beaches bathed by an incredibly sea transparent and crystalline, Formentera is the southernmost island of the Balearic group. About twenty kilometers long, the island has an area of 82 sq km with a mostly flat territory excluding the two plateaus of La Mola and Cap de Barbaria. The coasts are made up of a large number of beaches and small coves, some of which are full of caves. The sea is splendid and the most beautiful beaches include: Cala Saona, Coves d'en Xeroni, Es Calo and Es Pujols. San Francesc Xavier. The highest point of the island of Formentera is the plateau located at la Mola, after sa Talaiassa with 192 meters of altitude. From this position the panorama shows the profile of Ibiza, as well as the small rocky island of es Vedrà.
The coasts of the island of Formentera are made up of a large number of beaches and small secluded coves, some of which are full of almost invisible caves. The sea is splendid and the most beautiful beaches include: Cala Saona, Coves d'en Xeroni, Es Calo and Es Pujols. San Francesc Xavier is a small village of whitewashed houses, an ideal place to have a coffee in the bars overlooking the classic sunny squares. To reach Formentera it is necessary to take advantage of the ferries departing from the ports of Ibiza with a short journey of about 30 minutes covering about eleven miles of sea. A multitude of international flights arrive at the airport of Ibiza, from the main European cities. Known as the Mediterranean Caribbean, the island of Formentera is part of the Ses Salines nature reserve. Small and quiet, it is the ideal place for those who want to rest from the discos and the endless intense nightlife of Ibiza, spending time on the beaches, or making short excursions. In the evening in Formentera you can enjoy the gastronomic specialties in one of the many restaurants scattered everywhere, enjoying the local cuisine based on fish. Of the four major islands that make up the Balearic archipelago, Formentera is the smallest. It is separated from Ibiza by a small sea strait called " Es Freus " as well as some nearby islets. Together with Ibiza it forms the Pitiuse Islands. Famous for its white beaches bathed by an incredibly transparent and crystalline sea, Formentera is the southernmost island of the Balearic group, with a decidedly pace of life quiet compared to neighboring Ibiza.
Generally, the climate on the island of Formentera is mild, characteristic of the Mediterranean area with average annual temperatures around 17°C. The group of Balearic Islands form a single province, as well as an autonomous region, with Palma de Mallorca as its capital. Attraction of the places are the splendid beaches of white sand, bathed by a crystalline sea and surrounded by still nature pristine.
The major urban center of Formentera. is the locality of Sant Francesc Xavier, where there are the town hall, a school, a post office and several shops. A large tourist turnout is recorded during the summer period intrigued by the various markets on site. Also worth visiting is the Ethnological Museum of Formentera, very interesting for those who want to learn more about the traditions. The village of Sant Ferran de ses Roques has about 700 inhabitants. The itineraries from la Savina, es Pujols, Sant Francesc and la Mola converge here. The church built is simple and characteristic of its kind around the 19th century.
It has an almost entirely rocky coast, excluding some inlets located to the south and north-west. This small island located north of Formentera is small with about 2925 m. in length and 800 m. wide, it has a muddy lagoon in the center of its surface. The beaches of the island of Espalmador are mainly made up of fine white sand with splendid and crystalline water. Formentera is separated by a strip of sea where on days of calm and low tide it is possible to cross it on foot walking on the sandy bottom. Visits to Espalmador are made using the boats for maritime excursions. The islet called "Illa de Sa Torreta", forms an ideal refuge for small boats. Other islets located in the immediate vicinity are : Illa Castaví and Illa des Porcs.
Located in the northern area of Formentera, its name derives from the homonymous islet, which in the past was located in front of the port and was later joined to the island by an artificial pier. The urban center of La Savina has the main port, used by ships, yachts and fishing boats. Numerous and attractive maritime excursions are carried out with boats along the coast of Formentera. Due to its characteristics, the port is very visited by tourists, from here also the scheduled buses depart which transport tourists to the main urban centres, it is also present the taxi stop.
Historically, the island of Formentera is famous because it is the place where the first evidence of human presence on the Pitiuse was found: the megalithic tomb of ca na Costa, which takes us back approximately to the Bronze Age of 1,600 BC. C. The discovery that took place in 1974 confirmed the presence of human settlements in the past in Formentera, especially in the Prehistoric period as studies carried out show that the island remained depopulated during some centuries.
Frequent connections with ferries and ships with nearby Ibiza. Buses and bus lines in Formentera: Autocares Paya tel +34 971 323 181 connects the main points of the island. Departs from El Pilar, Es Ca Marì, Mariland, Es Calò, San Fernando, Platja Illetes, Es Pujols, Sa Roqueta, San Francesc and La Savina. Currently Formentera does not have an airport for the arrival of tourists, the island can be reached by sea starting from Ibiza, where ferries also carry vehicles in the hold and fast boats connect both islands throughout the year.
Several Tour Operator companies organize trips and stays on the island of Formentera, as well as 'All inclusive' tourist packages, selecting the best hotels in their opinion according to the type of clientele requesting the services, arranging charter flights to reach the destination, stipulating advantageous agreements for the tourist, with car rental agencies and guaranteeing assistance during the living room with its own staff.
However the best bargains of the travel last minute for the island of Formentera, can be found by searching online on sites specialize in the sale of complete tour packages. In general, flights low cost for departures towards ibiza are organized by Malpensa Airport and from Orio al Serio Airport of Bergamo. Subsequently, to go to Formentera it is necessary to use the connections of the scheduled ferries.
Among the four major islands that make up the famous Balearic archipelago, Formentera is the smallest. It is separated from Ibiza by a small sea strait called " Es Freus " as well as some islets present in the surroundings.
Formentera: Formentera Tourism Board
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