Formentera is one of the four major Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain which also include Majorca, Menorca, and Ibiza (travel guides for each coming soon!). I can’t really decide which is my favourite island as they all have their own unique character and appeal. However, in my general opinion, I find that Ibiza tends to be the British holiday destination while Formentera is known for being the Italian counterpart. Majorca and Menorca seem to have a more Spanish feel overall. If you’re looking for a European beach holiday, I can’t recommend Formentera enough. I’ve been twice myself and would gladly go back every year.
Best Time to Visit
As Formentera is located just off the coast of mainland Spain, the best time of the year to visit is June through September. Temperatures reach an average high of 30C (86F) and low of 18C (64F) (but trust me, the lows are a rare occurrence this time of year).
Scooters are the preferred method of transportation and can be rented from vendors all over the island. Hotels will usually have a vendor on site. There are also plenty at the ferry port and in the main town called Es Pujol. I wouldn’t recommend renting a scooter unless you’re an experienced driver. The Italians are quite adventurous with their driving and the sand doesn’t help with traction of the tires, so you’re more likely to lose control. I’ve always preferred to rent a car which I could just throw all of our beach stuff in for the day and go.
What to Do
This is a proper beach holiday destination and it’s all about relaxing and having a good time. I tend to pick a new beach each day and just go swim and enjoy the sun.
My top 3 beach recommendations are:
This is my favourite beach on the island. It’s never that crowded, the water is turquoise blue and crystal clear, and it’s a good spot for snorkeling. The only thing about this place is that you have to walk over some mossy rocks to get to the good swimming area, but once you do, it’s worth it! There are also a few good lunch spots just off the beach (see more in the “Where to Eat” tab).
This is the beach pictured in my first photo on the “Overview” tab. During the day, this smaller beach has a good atmosphere with multiple restaurants surrounding it so you can enjoy your food with a view. You can also easily climb a set of steps carved in the side of a cliff surrounding the beach. At the top, you’ll be able to take some stunning photos. The main appeal of this beach comes in the evening. People drive here just to catch a glimpse of the beautiful sunset.
A long stretch of golden sand and turquoise water awaits you here, as does my favourite seafood restaurant, Tanga.
Where to Eat/Drink
This restaurant serves some of the best seafood, especially octopus, I’ve ever had in my life. It’s right on the beach and has an open air set-up. I wouldn’t leave the island without eating here.
Another amazing seafood restaurant. This one is just a stones throw away from Es Caló beach. The staff are super friendly and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed.
Arguably the best night out on the island. This place has a relaxed beach bar atmosphere, DJ, and a dance floor. You can go any night of the week and expect a good crowd. It also stays open until 4am.
This is the main town which has a huge array of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Where to Stay
I would personally recommend staying anywhere near the top 3 beaches I noted in the “What to Do” tab. You’ll inevitably be beach hopping during your stay, however, it’s always nice to have one at your doorstep.
As mentioned earlier, Es Pujol is the main town which has the highest concentration of bars and restaurants all within walking distance of one another. There’s also a small beach, but I would only recommend staying here if you’re more concerned about being within quick walking distance of the nightlife rather than the best beaches. There are plenty of cabs on the island to pick you up and drop you off in town or at Blue Bar in the evening if you choose to stay elsewhere.