In a word: fabulous! A real mediterranean pearl. Formentera is one of the four Balearic islands (the other are Ibiza, Palma de Maiorca and Minorca) and at only 20 minutes boat from the beautiful older sister Ibiza, that has the airport; the connections from Ibiza and Formentera are continue and at every hours, (also till 10 pm besides whit ferry boat or private).
The center is Es Pujols but, (also having a discrete beach but nothing to see with the others), is chaotic and for those who want solutions to stay in contact with nature is not recommended.
There are a lot of every kind private houses and at any price, some of them really extraordinary; the most beautiful places to stay are Cala En Baster, Cap de Barbaria and Es Calo but also Sant Francesc Xavier and S Ferran de ses Roques (hippy district) while the best families area is besides Es Pujols, Cala Saona, where there is one of the few hotels directly on the beach, rare thing in this incredible island. Other structures on the beach are the Gecko Beach Club (very expensive) the “Pueblo Balear”- some very nice apartments- it is between the “Lucky” and “Blu Bar”, two historical bars on Las Dunas Playa beach, on km 10,7 of Piratabus wonderful beach.
Some of the good level bars and hotels arise recently are too social, so if you prefer to stay in an easier and more relaxing place we recommend to pick less “in” structures.
The beaches are the masterpiece of the island: “de ses illetes” beach is recognized as the most beautiful one (it’s always very crowded; in this case, we recommend to move on the extremity or in the close inlet,also very beautiful).Also Playa Es Arenals is very beautiful (where there is the “Piratabus”), the tract of Playa De Mitjiorn under the “Lucky” and Playa de Llevant are also very beautiful (even if the sea is usually rough and there also jellyfishes); not to be lose an excursion on Espalmador island (better if on a kajak).
Concerning the island’s social life, there are few clubs, since people usually go for an aperitive after the beach; usually they organize exclusive parties in the many private villas.
Not to lose an excursion at Pilar de la Mola where there is a really suggestive overhang and from where you can see Ibiza; very nice the bar next to La Mola where you can enjoy a wonderful sunset. The best period of the year to go is September for those you want to be quiet and do not tolerate the high temperature; while for social life lovers the best are July and August (the average age lower itself) and Formentera is crowded by vip, or presumed ones (especially Italian).
- Hotel: Las dunas playa (directly on the sea)
- Restaurant: S. Eufabi (amazing paella)
In the end a beautiful video on Es Calò:
A short footnote about the other three Balearic islands: Ibiza is amazing but at the same time totally different from Formentera, both for dimension (571 km against Formentera 83) so it is necessary to have a car (in Formentera a motorbike is enough) and also for the worldwide famous clubs such as Space and Pacha. Minorca is not bad,(the foam parties are very fun) with a very nice port and some beautiful beaches (but difficult to reach) but it is too big to be an island as well (689 km), while Palma is huge (3640 km) and maybe the worst attended and the less beautiful one.