With its crystal-clear waters, pristine white sand beaches, rich history and culture, and lots of fun adventures, Formentera is a holiday destination suitable for everyone. Whether you’re a solo adventurer, a honeymooner, or a family with kids, Formentera will have something to keep you entertained. While many visitors would come here on a day trip from Ibiza and other nearby islands, it’s worth spending a day or two to discover more of the island and soak up its incredible scenery.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Formentera.
1. Sant Ferran de Ses Roques
Located in the centre of Formentera, Sant Ferran de Ses Roques is a picturesque small town offering a variety of bars and restaurants, making it a fantastic place to visit on your holiday. It’s especially magnificent during sunset when you can dine and enjoy a drink in a relaxed atmosphere, surrounded by incredible views.
Sant Ferran Ses Roques is one of the island’s hidden gems. If you take the time to explore, you will be pleasantly surprised at what this neighbourhood can offer you. Start by visiting Sant Ferran’s beautiful church, dedicated to Saint Ferran, where the village got its name. It sits in a beautiful square with lush palm trees and an ideal starting point to soak up the village’s laid-back atmosphere.
Check out La Fonda Pepe, believed to be the meeting point of the hippies during the 1960s. When the sun sets, Sant Ferran transforms into a place full of life and music. On summer nights, you can feel the spirit of those hippies who made the village their home. Locals and tourists gather to share laughter, dances and fun stories at the square and nearby places.
2. Cap de Barbaria
The Cap de Barbaria lighthouse is one of those places to visit on your holiday to Formentera. It sits on a cliff about a hundred metres above sea level, surrounded by breathtaking ocean views and a lunar-like landscape. The lighthouse dates back to 1971. Due to its technology, it does not require a lighthouse keeper to operate.
Situated in Formentera’s southern tip, the Cap de Barbaria Lighthouse is a prominent point of interest on the island. It has operated since the 1970s and stands in a rocky and uniquely arid environment overlooking the island’s panoramic views. They do not allow access to the lighthouse by car during the warm summer. Thus, the best way to get to the lighthouse is to park about 1 km away and reach the area on foot.
Sunset is the best time to visit the Cap de Barbaria Lighthouse, when the views around it are magical. From its elevated vantage point, you can enjoy spectacular sunset views over the ocean, creating a memorable and magical atmosphere. The cliffs where the lighthouse sits stretch along a stunning coastline, providing an incredibly stunning backdrop.
3. El Pilar de la Mola
Formentera is a destination that appeals to all kinds of travellers. Part of its appeal is it has many luxurious accommodation options, perfect for those who plan on staying here longer. When looking for a place to stay in Formentera, consider staying in El Pilar de la Mola, a scenic village on the island’s eastern coast. Here, you’ll find fantastic villas for long-term stays, including those with luxurious amenities.
El Pilar de la Mola sits in the centre of a plateau considered the island’s highest point. Surrounded by towering cliffs and stunning ocean views, El Pilar de la Mola is one of the most beautiful places to stay in Formentera. Getting to the village requires walking through the main road starting at the Es Caló de San Agusti village nearby. As you ascend to the plateau, you’ll pass by a viewpoint that’s definitely worth a stop to admire the island’s panoramic views. Many of the villas in this area also enjoy spectacular views, another reason to choose El Pilar de la Mola as your base.
El Pilar de la Mola is a small village. Despite that, it offers great attractions and fun activities, giving you many things to see and do. A stroll through the market is a delight, where you’ll find unique pieces and other antiquities made and sold exclusively in Formentera.
4. Es Pujols
Es Pujols is the main resort town of Formentera, offering varied accommodation options, excellent restaurants, bars, shops, markets, and fantastic nightlife spots. Of course, it also has its share of gorgeous white sandy beaches. Compared to others elsewhere, the beaches of Es Pujols exude a more local vibe, allowing you to meet friendly locals and immerse in the local life.
Despite the busy local scene, Es Pujols has a relaxing feel. Here, you can enjoy scenic strolls along tree-lined avenues and soak up a much slower pace of life. For fun days at the beach, you’ll find gorgeous and clean white sandy beaches perfect for swimming and working on your tan.
Like much of the island, you’ll find stalls in Es Pujols selling souvenirs, clothing, accessories, jewellery, and local handicrafts. You’ll see them along the town’s main paved street, alongside cafes perfect for enjoying coffee as you watch the world go by. Of course, it also has many apartments and hotels to cater to all budgets and tastes.
5. La Savina
Located along Formentera’s western end, the lovely port of La Savina is a vibrant place where most boats coming from the nearby islands like Ibiza would dock. Thus, it’s an excellent base for your holiday in Formentera since you can easily walk from the harbour to your hotel.
The picturesque harbour village has plenty of fascinating places to explore and discover. A stroll through it is enough to appreciate its beauty. The intense blue colour of the waters complemented the splendour of the village and the striking yachts that come here to dock.
From the pier, follow the path along the seafront promenade to the different local attractions in the area. One of the first things you’ll see is the Es Vedrà Islet. You’ll also come across many beach bars facing the waterfront, where elegant boats float along the water.