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Things to do in Formentera, Spain

Last update : 19 April 2024
Planning your trip to the Balearics and looking for more information about Formentera? You've come to the right place.

Formentera is the smallest and wildest island in the Spanish Balearic archipelago. Located just 19km from Ibiza, the island is a veritable little paradise. The beaches you’ll find here are undoubtedly the most beautiful in Europe! Get inspired by our blog post, in which we share our must-sees and must-do addresses in Formentera.

Where is Formentera located?

Ideally located, the island of Formentera is easily accessible from Ibiza’s main port. More confidential and wilder, the smallest of the Balearic Islands is attracting more and more tourists, and we can’t recommend enough that you venture there on your trip to Ibiza. That’s what we’ve done too, and today we’re sharing our must-sees and best addresses on the island. 

Ses Illetes

How to get to Formentera from Ibiza

To get to Formentera from Ibiza, simply take one of the many ferries offering the crossing. We chose the Méditerranéa Pitiusa company because it offered a low fare including the return ferry trip + scooter hire for a day. If you choose this option (which we highly recommend), you’ll pay €80 for two people. Once you’ve disembarked, all you have to do is go to the company’s ticket office to obtain a scooter and explore the island with ease. In our opinion, renting a scooter is really the best way to discover Formentera, as it’s easy to park and enjoy the scenery along the way… A real pleasure!

Practical tip: if you have a car in Ibiza, we recommend parking at the Ikea car park. The advantage is that it’s free and only a 10-minute walk from the ferries. A good plan that will save you a full day’s parking!

traversee ibiza

What to do in Formentera in the Balearics

If you’d like to know what to do in Formentera, below are our must-see must-do’s.

Formentera’s most beautiful beaches in the Balearic Islands

Platja de Ses Illetes

Located just 15 minutes from the port by scooter, we suggest you start your day by discovering one of Formentera’s most famous beaches, la platja de Ses llletes. Declared the most beautiful beach in the world several times, this beach of fine sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters boasts a truly idyllic setting. We were blown away by this spot, which looks like a beach at the end of the world, just 2 hours from Paris. The beach is located in a natural park and boasts several restaurants and beach bars. There’s also ample free parking at the entrance for cars and scooters.

Formentera Ibiza Ses Illetes

Calo des Mort

If you’re looking for what to do in Formentera, add this address to your list! After lunch, we suggest heading to Calo Des Mort, the second must-see spot for a day out on Formentera. This natural cove boasts a heavenly setting between ochre cliffs and translucent waters. We loved swimming there, and it was one of the best memories of our trip. If you’re a cove-lover, this is the place for you! 

Please note that if you’re traveling in high season, we recommend you visit this spot in the morning. In this case, you’ll want to head for Ses llletes beach in the afternoon. As this beach is quite small, it’s often a victim of its own success, and it’s hard to find a place to put your towel down in the afternoon;

If you have the time during your stay in Formentera, don’t hesitate to also discover the beach of Mitjorn, the beach of Saona or the beach of Es Arenals.

Calo des Mort Formentera What to do in Formentera

Formentera’s must-see places 

The village of Sant Francesc Xavier

The village of Sant Francesc Xavier is the capital of Formentera. Known for its white houses and parish church, the village is one of the must-sees on the island. You’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars and stores here.

village de San Francesc Xavier village de San Francesc Xavier

El Pilar de la Mola market

Located in the village of El Pilar de la Mola, this hippie market is one of the most impressive in the Balearic archipelago. Please note that the market is only open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 4pm to 10pm. If you’re on the island at that time, go there with your eyes closed! There’s ample free parking at the entrance to the town, making it easy to get to the market. 

marché hippie formentera

The Mola lighthouse

The phare de la Mola is one of the must-sees in Formentera if you have the time. The view of Formentera’s cliffs is truly stunning, and the road to get there takes you through some beautiful little villages.

The lighthouses of Formentera

Where to sleep in Formentera in the Balearics?

Casa Formentera

If you have enough time during your visit to Formentera and would like to sleep there, we recommend Casa Formentera. We discovered this lovely address over lunch and found it to be a real eye-catcher! The location is perfect, at the foot of a turquoise-water beach, and the hotel’s decor is very well thought-out. The restaurant is delicious, so even if you’re not staying at the hotel, plan to have lunch there!

If you’re still looking for your Ibiza vacation accommodation, don’t hesitate to check out our selection of the best hotels in Ibiza.

Formentera hotel

Where to eat in Formentera in the Balearics?

Restaurant Casa Formentera

The restaurant de la Casa Pacha, recently renamed the Casa Formentera offers very good cuisine facing the sea. The restaurant is very beautiful and we loved the atmosphere when we visited. Prices are pretty steep, but we think the experience is well worth it.

Good to know: if you want to have lunch at the Casa Formentera restaurant, it’s almost imperative to make a reservation. The setting is one of the best in Formentera, so don’t hesitate to call several days in advance to book.

Casa Pacha Formentera restaurant

Chiringuito Bartolo

We stumbled across this little chiringuito while strolling along Copinyar beach. If you want to grab a bite to eat or just have a drink while enjoying an exceptional view of the sea, this is the place to go! 

chiringuito Bartolo

Discover Ibiza the neighboring island

Formentera is located right next to Ibiza, so we recommend a visit there when you’re on the archipelago’s smallest island. If you’d like to discover Ibiza, we share our complete guide below.

Cala d'hort
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We hope the tips and good addresses on our travel blog will help you plan your trip to Formentera, Ibiza.

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