One of the last outposts of paradise in the Mediterranean
Formentera is the smaller and more southerly island of the Balearic Islands (Spain). The island is 19 km long and is located about 6 km south of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea. North of Formentera is the small island of Espalmador (Illa de s'Empalmador). Espalmador is separated from Formentera by a shallow sandbar, and during low tide, it is possible to wade between the two islands. This area is a popular stopping point for those in yachts heading between Ibiza and Formentera.
Formentera is renowned across Europe for many pristine white beaches.
Although metalled roads allow access to all parts of the island and cars are easily hired in the port, many people choose to rent mopeds or even bicycles due to the flat nature of most of the island and the availability of dedicated cycle tracks in many locations.
Formentera has a distinctive outline dominated by the wild and imposing Cap de Barbaria in the south west, the majestic cultivated plateau of La Mola in the east, the long peninsula of Es Trocadores reaching towards S’Espalmador and Ibiza to the north and the rugged, but beautiful, western ‘Ponent’ coast, encompassing the lovely inlet of Cala Sahona.
Quiet coves give shelter to the fishing boats nestling on their slipways. The warm waters of the Mediterranean envelop Formentera and invite you to swim or snorkel during the sun-drenched days of your holiday. Inland, the landscape is a patchwork of fertile fields divided by dry stone walls and interspersed with pine woods and vineyards.
The wonderful colours of Formentera are an awesome reflection of the natural beauty that is displayed in the countryside, on the sea and in the skies above. An endless range of blue, turquoise and green hues emanate from the warm sea with its white fringed waves lapping the soft, pink, coral-encrusted golden sand. The deep blue of the sky by day gives way to flaming red sunsets followed by night skies studded with silver stars.
To experience a sunset from the Mirador restaurant on the winding road up to La Mola with the spectacular view of the island below, when the blazing sun sinks into the blue sea beyond the mythical rock of Es Vedra at the tip of Ibiza, is a unique spectacle matched only by witnessing its re-emergence the following morning out of the deep waters beyond La Mola, as the halo of spinning light from the Faro is slowly overwhelmed by the bright sunlight of the new day.
Only very special people come to this peaceful little island, people who like to enjoy nature in all its beauty; sparkling crystal clear waters below an azure blue sky miles of clean sandy beaches original unspoiled landscapes and an all year round mild climate.
Progress happens slowly here, inhabitants and visitors are content with a simple, healthy lifestyle as emphasised by the most popular form of transport; cycling or walking along the excellent cycle paths and well-marked hiking trails.
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