The first thing that tourists immediately notice in Formentera is the calmness and the quietness that reign on this Balearic island, especially those that reach it after visiting the notorious island of Ibiza. Formentera is a hidden paradise filled with amazing beaches and natural reserves, and this is the reason that it has been declared a World’s Heritage Site by Unesco. For all those that don’t want to miss even the slightest details of this region, let’s see what daily trips someone can enjoy while visiting the magnificent island of Formentera.
Usually Ibiza is the first destination for those who plan on visiting Formentera. Ibiza is infamous for being the Balearic’s party island and is known for its wild clubs and bars. Head away from this side of the island, however, and you’ll soon discover that Ibiza is more than meets the eye. Playa d’en Bossa on the east coast and San Antonio on the west coast are two of the top places for clubbing, while resorts such as Cas Mallorqui, Port de Sant Miquel, and Cala de Sant Vicent are quieter and more low-key. When you’re not hitting the clubs, you’ll find miles of hidden sandy beaches, hippy vibes, yoga retreats, and lovely boutique hotels.
Isla de Espalmador
The Island of Espalmador is a private island belonging to a family of Anglo-Catalans, and in fact, apart from their home there is practically nothing there. Don't expect to find restaurants, bars or bathing establishments. Remember to bring water, snacks and sunscreen for your trip, and especially not to leave garbage and to have the utmost respect for the environment. The Island of Espalmador is only 150m from the northern part of Formentera. It is a small islet about 3 km long and 1 km wide, and forms part of the Natural Reserve de Ses Salines D'Eivissa and Formentera. A true paradise on earth with crystal clear sea and white beaches. Despite its small size, the island welcomes visitors offering different and great natural wonders. The most famous beach here is Platja de S’Alga, considered a natural port given its closed shape. Just a few minutes from the beach you can find another attraction: The Mud Lagoon, where different species of birds make their nests. Here it is absolutely forbidden to use the sludge for body treatment. Let's not forget that we are inside a natural reserve.
The only monument is the Torre Di Sa Guardiala, located at the highest point of the island. The Tower functioned as a lookout to guard the two islands from the Pirates' invasions.How to reach the island of Espalmador: You can access it with a ferry that leaves from the port of Formentera La Savina. If you are thinking of reaching the island on foot or by swimming, forget it. In this stretch of sea, the currents are very strong and it is really dangerous.
La Isla Flotante: Boat Ride
Formentera is a real natural Haven, but around the island there are plenty of amazing desert coves reachable only by sea: One of the most recommended and not to be missed excursion in Formentera is the one organized by La Isla Flotante, that allows you to discover the most secluded bays, the crystalline seabed rich in exotic fish and hidden caves. The boat ride, that has a duration of half a day, has a price ranging from 30 to 38 euros per person depending on the season and it really is an experience not to be missed if you want to discover even the most fascinating and hidden corners of this wonderful island.
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