Some recommended attractions
La Mola and its attractions. All the Mola, or the promontory famous for its famous lighthouse, is characterized by the presence of many caves such as Cova d'en fum and Cova d'estrips. Most are accessed by sea, but some, like the Cova de Estrips, can only be reached on foot. It is in fact overlooking the sea. El Pilar de la Mola, or La Mola, is a small town located in the eastern part of the island, and at the highest point of the island, about ten kilometers from Sant Ferran. The only inhabited center of La Mola is the small village of El Pilar, formed by about thirty houses arranged around the parish church, an ancient building of the eighteenth century. La Mola is a rural place, where there are beautiful walled enclosures, vineyards and farms. The whole village revolves around the main street, where there are restaurants, banks, the local church, and the market square. La Mola is the most peaceful place on the island and also the one that is farthest from the other locations. The Church of the Pilar, even in its extreme simplicity, is a jewel. At La Mola we find an imposing lighthouse near the cliff overlooking the sea, which is the oldest and highest on the island. It stands on a cliff of 120 meters and watch the sunrise and sunset from this point and is unique and magical. Next to the lighthouse is a commemorative plaque in honor of the writer Jules Verne who has set here his novel 'The Adventures of Ettore Servadac', in which the author speaks of a place similar to the end of the world. This explains the presence of the monolith dedicated to him located a few meters from the cliff. For many centuries, wheat has been the food resource for all the inhabitants of the island. And the Moli Vell, a mill located in La Mola, still conveys the importance of the work done. You can visit it, since it is still protected by a family member for generations. Built in 1778, when the island began to be repopulated after so many years of neglect, the only mill was that of Pitiuse Islands (Isle of Pines). Curiosity: It is said that Bob Dylan in the 60s spent three months in the house right next to the mill.
Es Pujols and Sant Ferran. The nerve center of the island is Es Pujols, once a tiny fishing village and today one of the most visited and most popular places in Formentera. It is located in the northern part of the island between the Estany Pudent lake, a nature reserve, and the sea, in the immediate vicinity of some of the most beautiful and renowned beaches of the island. Equipped and always vital at any time of day, Es Pujols offers many clubs, bars, restaurants etc. Es Pujols is a paradise for lovers of relaxation, services and nightlife. Walking through the many nightclubs and through the crowded streets of the market, time moves slowly. Very busy during the summer it hosts every night, on its promenade, a typical market with some stalls run by hippies. Es Pujols beach has the shape of two semi-circles separated by a row of rocks, and is well equipped. Restaurants with menus based on fish, cafes, stalls and terraces are arranged along the seafront. Another part of Formentera is Sant Ferran de ses Roques, the pass and passageway located in the middle of the island that still provides a bit of entertainment, in addition to the always-desired shops and bars. The singular resource of this country is a place frequented by hippies in the '70s, called ' Fonda Pepe ', today anyone can access it and it's very nice, because inside you breathe a very special atmosphere and seems to live at the time of flowers power. Even today, during the tourist season, we continue to drink, play and talk until late at night. Here you can visit the art galleries and the art market, held from May to October. In the small town there is also an old workshop of guitars and double basses, the Formentera Guitars, which has provided musical instruments to internationally renowned artists including Pink Floyd. Near the village is Cuevas d'en Gironi, a cave discovered accidentally in 1975 during excavations for the construction of a water well. It seems to date back to three million years ago. The town has its own namesake beach, small and characteristic, known above all for hosting the island's main diving and snorkeling center.
Estany Pudent and Ses Salines. Estany Pudent is a lagoon to the north of the island and is part of the Formentera and Ibiza nature reserve. It has an area of 3.5 km and a maximum depth of 4 m in the central area. In the 40s it was the landing base for military seaplanes, but today this lagoon offers the opportunity to spend a few hours immersed in the fauna and flora of Formentera, especially to see the birds that love to nest in this area. At sunset, the red sky is reflected in this pond of water, showing colors of pure magic. The western area of the lagoon is called Es Brolls, which indicates the presence of underground water rises, which are also visible inside the lagoon. To the west, in a small promontory that enters the lagoon, in 1974, the megalithic tomb of Ca na Costa was dated between 1850 and 1600 BC. One of the natural wonders of Formentera is the Ses Salines Reserve, in the north of the island, a natural park since 2001. It is a very rich ecosystem, declared a special protection area for ornithological species. Among the 210 cataloged species, herons and flamingos stand out. Saltworks were once the island's primary economic resource, people were living in the extraction and conservation of sea salt. Today they are abandoned and are purely tourism. Worth a visit especially at certain times of the year, usually in late summer, when due to the process of crystallization of salt, the pools take a strange pink color, forming an almost lunar landscape. Ses Salines boasts, however, also other beautiful landscapes and enchanting beaches. In fact, in the area lie the coastal lagoons of s'Estany d'es Peix, Estany Pudent and the Bassa de s'Espalmador. In the reserve are still visible remains of human presence in ancient times, such as the Phoenician settlement of Sa Caleta (between Es Codolar and the Puig des Jondal), declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, the watchtower of the sec. 16th of Sal Rossa, the church of Sant Francesc di s'Estany, the church of Sa Revista and the tower of Ses Portes.
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