The small island has a surface area of only 80km2 and 25km long from end to end, so no matter where we are, it is very easy to go everywhere. Formentera is the perfect place to rest and relax.
Easily reached by boat from Ibiza, the company Balearia, or the Mediterranean Pitiusa make regular trips every half hour with a duration of 30 minutes, the ferry drops you off at La Savina, which is the working port and an exclusive marina, the gateway to the island. Around the area there are bars, restaurants and car, bike and scooter rentals. The main road goes from La Savina (port) to the plateau of La Mola lighthouse, passing by the main beach resorts of the island. Here I leave a small map.
San Francisco is the island’s capital, almost all services are there, shops, banks, post office, police etc. go during the day, nothing happens overnight. Located three kilometers away from La Savina along the main road, the center of San Francisco is the main square, where the Parrish church is.
San Fernando is a calm small town, good for a drink before going out in Es Pujols.
Es Pujols. Near the village of San Fernando, Es Pujols is the most tourist town in Formentera. By day the beach, at night is where the action is.
Es Pujols by night by surfguard
Es Calo, on the main road that leads to La Mola, is a very picturesque fishing village, with small bars, beaches and coves. Great swimming.
Es Calo fishing village
La Mola is a must, just 11km from San Fernando, on the eastern end of the island, at the end of the main road. The small village of Pilar de la Mola used to be an authentic refuge for hippies although it has now been conquered by some decoration shops and restaurants. There is a craft market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. At night is very quiet. Worth: swimming in natural pools.
Hippy market at Pilar de la Mola
The more “centric” and tourist beaches are Illetas, Llevant and Es Pujols, these are the busiest beaches due to its proximity to the port, the most southern beaches are Es Calo, Migjorn, and Cala Saona.
Es Calo by fabrefumi
CHIRIGUITOS -BEACH BARS
BLUE BAR Migjorn Km 8. Restaurant, bar, music and sunset.
LUCKY Migjorn beach, before the Blue Bar
VISTA Y SOL Es Calo. Km 10.7 PM 820 Route La Savina-La Mola
CAN RAFALET Es Calo. Also a hostel, the place is always full, you have to book to eat in the terrace with amazing views.
EL PIRATA Es Arenals beach is next to Migjorn Beach. On the road La Savina-La Mola, a sign with of kilometer 11 marks the entrance to the beach bar. Is a small wooden bar with four wooden tables outside, but people sit on the sand or rocks to await the sunset with a mojito, which is really good.
ANDREA Y JUAN Illetas: to me the beach does not seem much, but there are people who like it very much.
The restaurant has a lot of fame, but is expensive.
At night the move is in Es Pujols
NEROOPACO (bar and nightclub) also has a great atmosphere. Everything is short steps away.
EL GAUCHO between Bananas and Coyote, is a classic barbecue.
The area around La Savina has some good bars and restaurants.
CASA PACO By the port in La Savina. A night bar with chill out music.
BIG SUR On the road from Es Pujols La Savina, behind the beach of Ses Illetas, Big Sur is a trendy beach club, restaurant, bar and disco. Frequented by many tourists and pseudo celebrities the beach bar is nice to enjoy sunsets and caipirinhas.
In the small village of San Fernando night life is laid back and cool. Pizzas in MACONDO, paella in FONDA PEPE and drinks in some small bar next door.
La Savina by night MrBoz
WHERE TO SLEEP
GECKO BEACH CLUB Beach Club-Hotel in Playa Migjorn. Is a beach-style club very much alike those of Ibiza, you must take into account that it can get quite noisy. From 270 Euros
HOSTAL LA SAVINA S’Estany des Peix, near the port and Illetas beach. Highly recommended.
LA MASIA Road San Francisco to Cape de Barbaria. Phone +34626324318. Charming and peaceful hotel in the countryside, yet very close to beaches and towns. Price range 120-350 Euros.
LAS BANDERAS PLAYA Migjorn Beach Km 8.7 kmThe hotel has only eight sea view suites, directly on the beach.
TALAYA APARTMENTS Migjorn Beach Km7. Bungalows and studios for rent in Migjorn Beach. Studios 140-270 Euros.
Las Banderas Playa Hotel Samu73
WHERE TO SHOP
ENCANTES Es Pujols. Clothing, complements, shoes and a lot of home furnishings like carpets, cushions, decor, lighting and accessories.
YEMANJA San Francisco. Painted in blue, behind the Church. Hippy clothes and jewelry. In San Francisco almost all the shops are just around the main square or in front or back of the church, very easy to find.
ISHVARA Porto Saler, 6 – San Francisco. Sandals, handbags
MUNDO INSOLITO San Francisco. India stuff.
CAN XICU Deco store in the small village of Pilar de la Mola.
ARTS & CRAFTS MARKETS
From may to october: daily, Els Pujols market (20 to 24 h).
From may to october: Wednesday and Sunday, Mola market on Avenida de la Mola, in Pilar de la Mola (16 to 22 h).
From may to october: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, art market in the main street of San Fernando.
From may to october: daily market on Calle Jaume I and the square of the Constitution, San Francisco (10 to 14 h).
From june to october: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, artisan market of San Fernando (20 to 24).
July and august: daily market La Savina, on Paseo de la Marina (from 11-14 h and 17-24 h).