When planning a trip to the enchanting Ibiza, there's a hidden gem waiting just a short boat ride away – Formentera, often referred to as its little sister. With its pristine beaches and unique charm, Formentera is a must-visit destination, offering an idyllic escape from the bustling energy of Ibiza. It is considered as the “Caribbean of Europe” for multiple reasons that we will explain you throughout this article.
In addition, this guide not only unveils the best beaches in Formentera but also provides insights into what makes this island the perfect complement to your Ibiza adventure.
The boat ride to Formentera can range from a simple ferry ticket for people on a budget to chartering a private yacht for those who prioritise privacy, glamour and a personalised itinerary. Another option is participating into the Formentera with Benefits event, an all inclusive premium day tour from Ibiza to Formentera, produced by Ibiza Boat Club. This experience stands in the middle of the previous ones: you will receive a curated journey aboard the floating beach club with delicious food, open bar, the possibility of meeting people from all over the world while relaxing and tanning on sun-beds, but you will also have 6 hours of free time on the island at your own pace.The budget is higher than a ferry ticket and rather less than renting a yacht.The choice ultimately depends on your wallet, travel style, and the level of exclusivity and comfort you desire for your visit to Formentera.
Now that you have decided your way of transport, let’s venture into this beautiful island.
Why Formentera is considered as the Caribbean of Europe?
Turquoise Waters and White Sands:
The striking resemblance of Formentera's beaches to the pristine landscapes of the Caribbean is immediately evident. The turquoise waters that gently lap against the shores combine with powdery white sands, creating a visual masterpiece that rivals the best tropical destinations.
Untouched Natural Beauty:
Formentera has been able to preserve its natural beauty, avoiding excessive development and maintaining a serene, unspoiled environment. The absence of high-rise buildings and the careful preservation of the island's natural flora contribute to its Caribbean-esque charm. A significant portion of Formentera's land is protected as natural reserves, ensuring the preservation of its pristine landscapes and biodiversity. Visitors can explore the rugged beauty of the Ses Salines Natural Park, home to salt flats, wetlands, and an array of bird species, or wander through the pine forests and sand dunes of La Mola.- Relaxed and Slow-Paced Atmosphere:
Much like the laid-back lifestyle of the Caribbean, Formentera embraces a relaxed and slow-paced atmosphere. Visitors are encouraged to unwind, disconnect, and immerse themselves in the unhurried rhythm of island life, mirroring the peaceful vibes of tropical destinations.
Exclusive Beach Clubs and Luxury Yachting:
Formentera's beach clubs, scattered along its shores, evoke the upscale ambiance found in the Caribbean. These exclusive venues offer luxurious amenities, gourmet dining, and chic lounging areas, providing an opulent experience for its visitors. No matter if you’re looking for a more quiet and relaxing day by the beach or for a lively atmosphere with DJ, sax player and dancing on the tables - Formentera has it all.
The Caribbean is celebrated for its secluded and intimate hideaways, and Formentera follows suit. Despite its popularity, Formentera maintains hidden coves and less-visited corners, offering a sense of exclusivity and seclusion, much like the private paradises of the Caribbean.
Vibrant Marine Life:
The waters surrounding Formentera teem with diverse marine life, including colorful fish, turtles, seahorses, vibrant corals and even dolphins, offering excellent opportunities for snorkeling and diving.
Overall, Formentera embodies the essence of a tropical island paradise, with its stunning natural beauty, crystal clear and shallow water, white sand banks, relaxed ambiance, and abundance of recreational opportunities, earning it the nickname "Caribbean of Europe."
Which are the best beaches in Formentera?
Ses Illetes Beach:
Ses Illetes consistently ranks among the top beaches worldwide, thanks to its powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. The shallow depths make it an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling. In addition, the vibrant beach clubs offer a touch of luxury.This wonderful tongue of sand hat has escaped the sea is located in the northern part of Formentera and it is only 4 km from the port of La Savina (therefore also very convenient for those visiting Formentera for the day). You can either decide to reach Ses Illetes renting a bike or directly walking there.
It is by far one of the most photographed beaches on the island. After all, how can one resist the urge to take a photograph in its beautiful waters?!
The transparency of the sea is due to the massive presence of Posidonia Oceanic, while the coral dust gives the sand lovely pink hues. If you want to spend your day in Ses Illetes without spending a lot, we recommend you to bring enough water, food and a parasol.
S’ Espalmador is a true paradise on earth. It belongs to the Ses Salines Natural Park of Ibiza and Formentera and offers a very secluded escape. To spend a day in this remote eden, all you have to do is take the boat that runs daily round-trip services from either the port of La Savina or the beach at Ses Illetes.
Being an uninhabited islet, you will not find any facilities or bars!
The law - in fact - strictly forbids building or altering the landscape. Remember to bring everything you need, including a parasol, as you will not find any shaded areas!
The unspoiled beauty and serene atmosphere make it perfect for a tranquil day by the sea and for getting in tune with the spirit of the island. Here, the presence of nudists is very high compared to all the other beaches on Formentera; the isolated location and the total absence of accommodation facilities allows a total connection between man and nature that surrounds him.
Playa de Migjorn:
Stretching along Formentera's southern coast, Playa de Migjorn (“midday” in Catalan) is the longest beach on the island. It is easily accessible from the long road that starts at the port of La Savina and leads to La Mola lighthouse. The various accesses that will take you to the sea are identified by the kilometre that distances them from the port.
Whatever your access point, you will not be disappointed! The coastline is varied and offers alternating golden beaches and rocky coves.
Do not forget the Spanish cuisine: along this street you will find noteworthy restaurants.
Enjoying the stunning views, your palate will be delighted by tasty Mediterranean dishes.
Es Pujols Beach:
Nestled near the vibrant town of Es Pujols, which is basically considered as the city centre of Formentera, this beach is the most touristy on the entire island. Along the coastal walk, you can find restaurants, bar, shops, boutique to suits all tastes of budget. This beach has the most infrastructure.
In the initial part of the promenade you can also admire the fishermen’s huts, which are one of the most photographed sights on the island.
A small part of Es Pujols Beach is also equipped with sun-beds and umbrellas to provide an exclusive service to the more pretentious tourists .Being known for its lively atmosphere, good facilities and water-sports activities, it’s probably the highly frequented beach in Formentera. That’s why, from Es Pujols Beach you can jump on a kayak adventure or on a stand up paddle tour to enjoy the island from a different point of view.
If you decide to spend your day on the beach at Es Pujols, you cannot but end it with one of the most glamorous aperitifs in Formentera. A great Italian Pizza, an ice cold beer and a photo in front of the famous red hippy bus. Chezz Jerdi awaits you!
Cala Saona is a picturesque cove surrounded by cliffs situated in the west of Formentera and it’s considered one of the best spot in the island to see the sunset.
Due to its half moon shape, it appears as an oasis in the desert. Waters are super shallow being perfect for snorkelers and families with kids.
Definitely worth mentioning is the famous restaurant A Mi Manera, which peculiarity lies in the raw and fresh ingredients that direct come from their vegetable garden.
If you are looking for a tranquil day at the beach, choose Cala Saona and you would not regret it.
Caló Des Mort:
Situated on the southern side of the island, this small bay contains one of the unmissable sights of the whole of Formentera. The walk you need to to take to reach this place is impressive as , at every step, you need to stop to admire the tonality of the sea changing.
From dark blue to super crystal clear, the sea create a stunning postcard landscape.Small, but hauntingly beautiful, Caló Des Mort is definitely one of those places that will remain in your heart forever. It certainly cannot be missing among Formentera's beaches to visit!
For those seeking a taste of tropical paradise in Europe, Formentera beckons with open arms.
In essence, Formentera's fame lies not only in its pristine beaches and stunning landscapes but also in the intangible essence of tranquility, freedom, and authenticity that permeates every corner of the island. For those seeking a true escape from the ordinary, Formentera offers a sanctuary where time seems to stand still, and the beauty of the natural world reigns supreme.
The azure waters, unspoiled landscapes, and a tranquil atmosphere collectively contribute to be a must visit in your Ibiza adventure.