The main locations
Formentera is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Balearic Islands, and is located in the Mediterranean to the south of the island of Ibiza. Beautiful Formentera consists of two parts, separated by a large sandbank. The island is usually visited for the isolation and silence that can be found here, in contrast to neighboring Ibiza. On each promontory there are lighthouses that illuminate the night, and as far as you can see there are high cliffs overlooking the sea. Formentera is a wonderful, tranquil island to relax on. Sant Francesc Xavier is the capital village of Formentera and also the only municipality of the island, with just over one thousand inhabitants. It has a square, a church-fortress, a town hall and a group of streets, in addition to the characteristic houses with white walls. Every day in Sant Francesc there is a hippie market day. Souvenir stalls sell handmade sarongs and jewels. Formentera has a few cultural or historical attractions such as museums, castles, churches or art galleries. Its cultural attractions include some megalithic sites, a Roman road, some watchtowers (from the 18th century), the 18th century chapel church of Sant Francesc Xavier, a small ethnological museum, some villages like Es Pujols and San Ferran . The island is perfect for cycling, walking, snorkelling and sailing. Formentera offers sheltered coves with secluded beaches and a maritime natural park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, which protects over 10,000 hectares of land and sea and beautiful beaches. The best beaches, such as Migjorn, Illetes and Llevant, are long expanses of magnificence, with creamy white sand and water that dazzles with perfect clarity. Most of Formentera's beaches are unofficially nudist. The beach of Illetes, in particular, has been for decades the island's fashionable beach, to which many came for day trips from Ibiza after a night in the clubs. There is no infrastructure here apart from a number of wood-built beach restaurants.
The natural beauties
Less touristy than Ibiza and Majorca, the idyllic island of Formentera offers a peaceful refuge by nature. The indented and rugged coastline is punctuated by cliffs that descend towards beautiful beaches, many of which enjoy a secluded and well-protected environment, ideal for relaxation. Located in a quiet bay, Es Pujols beach has a vast white sand coastline and calm waters ideal for bathing and water sports. This beach also has a pleasant walk where people stroll during the day and in the evening. Near the town of Sant Francesc de Formentera and La Savina there are two fantastic beaches: Llevant beach is a lively scene of swimmers, restaurants and water sports enthusiasts. The beach of Illetas is located in a beautiful location with stunning views of the sea and the island of Ibiza. Other small islands are close enough to swim to. Adding charm, the area around this beach has not been overdeveloped, which conveys a sense of tranquility. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Ses Salines Natural Park is a maritime nature reserve that includes the northern area of Formentera (and the south of Ibiza) as well as the sea channel between the two islands. The majority (75%) of the natural park extends over water and represents 9,000 hectares of the park compared to 2,838 hectares of land. An interesting feature is the expanse of submarine prairies with aquatic plants found only in the Mediterranean. These underwater environment allow a variety of fish and other organisms to thrive. The other aspect of the park is the land covered with Mediterranean scrub, coastal pines and rare cliff vegetation. Bird watchers will be delighted by sightings, with more than 200 different species of birds making their home in this park. For example, flamingos, knights of Italy, Corsican gulls, and the minor Balearic bay can all be identified here. Other forms of animal life are found in abundance, such as lizards, unique native species of snails, and beetles.
In the northwest of the island, there is the beautiful tower of La Gavina, built in 1763 for defensive purposes. The building has two floors plus the upper platform. From the tower you can enjoy the magnificent panorama of the islet of Es Vedrà and the island of Ibiza. Even more ancient is the collective funeral monument of Ca na Costa, whose origins date back to the early Bronze Age, was probably used between 2000 and 1600 BC. It is located north of Formentera, between the body of water known as Estany Pudent and the tourist center of Es Pujols. Discovered in 1974, it made an important contribution to the history of Formentera because, until then, it was widely believed that the earliest human settlements date back to the Punic era to the full. The excavations have brought to light different artifacts of the time. Just outside the village of El Pilar de la Mola, the artisans market is the king of the island's hippy markets, and a cultural event for the entire Formentera: the hippies, the locals, the Italians and the rest of the tourists stop watching. It has a seriousness and quality that is surprising, and is open on Wednesdays and Sunday afternoons. Es Caló de Sant Agustí is one of the most characteristic areas of the island of Formentera: it is a small fishing port, and was one of the first centers dedicated to tourism. From Es Calò begins a well-known and suggestive path uphill to El Pilar de la Mola, called the "Roman path", because it was opened by the Romans. The path, well preserved, in pine woods and with a splendid view of the coast, leads to the very high point, Es Mirador, from where you can admire a magnificent landscape of Formentera in all its wild splendor, ideal for all those who want a romantic walk towards the sunset. At the southernmost point of the island, finally, there is a beautiful lighthouse along the road that leads from Sant Francesc towards Cala Saona. A sunset at the lighthouse is a mystical experience. In the meantime, you can literally fall into the cave at the side of the lighthouse, and 're-emerge' in front of a breathtaking view of the horizon.
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