Formentera is a quiet, peaceful and unspoiled island adorned with natural beauty. It lies on the south of Ibiza and is truly the Mediterranean’s best kept secret.It is a part of the Pitiusic Islands that belong to the Balearic group of islands. The island is completely flat except for the part on the west side, which is raised and known as Sa Mola. The island still has some unexplored, wild areas, which provide a respite from the noise and crowd.
The gorgeous beaches are just the right place to relax and the charming villages are great places to visit. The only industry on the island is salt mining.
A Little Bit of History
Archaeological evidence shows that the island has been inhabited for over 3000 years. The Carthaginians were the first rulers of Formentera and they used the port to expand their trade.
A typical beach of the Formentera Island
In 123 BC, the island was taken over by the Romans, who built roads and civil buildings. The ninth century saw the arrival of Arabs and they remained for nearly 500 years.
The crusaders brought Christianity to the island in 1235 under the reign of King Jaume I.
After the civil war of Spain, Formentera was claimed and taken as a part of Mallorcan kingdom, which was an extension of the Spanish kingdom.
The feast day of Sant Francesc is the most traditional of the feast days and Festa de Formentera is the main festival that takes place on the day of San Jaime.
The View of Formentera
You can buy jewellery, clothes, accessories, ceramics, artwork, handmade woolen jerseys and craftwork in the port town, and relax in its bars afterwards.
Where is Formentera?
- 104.3 miles/ 168 km from Palma, Spain
- 228.6 miles/ 368 km from Alicante, Spain
- 128.6 miles/ 207 km from Valencia, Spain
- 297 miles/ 478 km from Cartagena, Spain
- 23.3 miles/ 37.5 km from Ibiza Airport, Spain
- 109.9 miles/ 177 km from Palma de Mallorca Airport, Spain
- 233 miles/ 375 km from Alicante Airport, Spain
- 137.9 miles/ 222 km from Valencia Airport, Spain
Things to See
- The Ethnological Museum
- La Mola
- Cap de Barbaria
- Roman Castellum
- Ca Na Costa
Es Pujols Beach, Formentera
- Platja des Canyers
- Playa Mitjorn
- Cala Saona
- La Savina
- San Francesc
- Isla de Sespalmador
Formentera is a unique and lovely island, and you should experience and explore it to discover its magic appeal.
It has changed over the years like any other holiday destination, but the changes are more subtle when compared with the other places of the world.
We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!