Wooden pier in Formentera

Top things to do in Formentera

What not to miss on the island!

The island of Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic group. It is a perfect destination for easy-going vacation, beautiful beaches, hippie vibes, family moments, cultural exploration, as well as outdoor activities. Explore some of the top things to do in Formentera below and book cheap ferry tickets on Ferryhopper.

What to do in Formentera?

Formentera is an ideal holiday destination for travelers who are after a relaxing vacation, combined with majestic beaches, important cultural sights, and lively nightlife. The island may not be as prestigious as neighboring Ibiza, but it is a special destination, where you can enjoy top accommodation facilities, swim in crystal waters, try water sports, visit artisanal markets, and dance!

Located close to the Spanish mainland, the island welcomes many visitors particularly during the summer months. Most travelers to choose to stay in the following towns and seaside resorts:

  • La Savina
  • Es Pujols
  • Sant Ferran
  • Sant Francesc
  • Es Arenals
  • Es Calo
  • Es Migjorn
  • El Pilar de la Mola
  • Cala Saona

Which are the best beaches in Formentera?

Formentera has sandy and rocky beaches with crystal-clear waters. The island’s beaches radiate a refreshing and calming vibe, and they are great for water activities such as diving, snorkeling, underwater photography, and windsurfing. You can also find party beaches to dance and enjoy cocktails and chupitos.

Here are 10 great beaches in Formentera:

  1. Ses Illetes
  2. Levante
  3. Cala Saona
  4. Es Pujols
  5. Es Migjorn
  6. Es Arenals
  7. Calo des Morts
  8. De S’alga
  9. Ses Platgetes
  10. Cala es Ram

Tip: The beaches of Ses Illetes, Es Migjorn and Es Arenals are popular with visitors looking for clothing-optional coasts. When in Es Migjorn, search for the beach spot “10.5”.

Windsurfing in Formentera

Windsurfing at the idyllic beach of Ses Illetes in Formentera

Which markets to visit in Formentera?

Formentera has a long history with open-air craft markets since the ‘60s. You can find local produce, handmade clothes, jewelry, and many artisanal items. Explore the market stalls and begin your journey in the hippie world of the Balearic Islands. Normally, most markets are open from mid-May to October.

Here are the best markets in Formentera: 

  • Sant Ferran craft market
  • La Mola craft market
  • Antoni Tur Gabrielet craft center
  • La Savina market
  • San Francisco market
  • Es Pujols market

Is Formentera good for families?

Formentera is a great holiday destination for families with kids. You can find luxury accommodation, to relax in a safe and family-friendly environment. Most of the island’s beaches are sandy and have visitor facilities. The laid-back character of the island means there are many outdoor activities to try in nature.

Here are some suggestions for family activities in Formentera:

  • Cycling around the island
  • Scuba diving in La Savina
  • Horse riding on the beach
  • Dining at Michelin Guide restaurants
  • Visiting the Cap de Barbaria
  • Swimming at the quiet beach of Es Migjorn

Bicycles by the beach in Formentera

Cycling to the beach in Formentera

What are the top sights of Formentera?

The island’s history goes back to 2000 BCE and it has a rich tradition you can explore. Apart from interesting markets and beautiful beaches, Formentera is home to several historical sites worth exploring.

Ferryhopper suggests you visit the following sites in Formentera

  • Far de la Mola (lighthouse)
  • El Molí Vell de la Mola (wheat mill)
  • Torre des Garroveret (watchtower)
  • Cap de Barbaria (lighthouse)
  • Camí de Sa Pujada (Roman pathway)
  • Ca na Costa (Bronze Age burial ground)
  • Torre de Punta Prima (watchtower)
  • L'Ermita de Sa Tanca Vella (historic chapel)

Impressive tower in Formentera

The Punta Prima tower on the east coast of Formentera

Outdoor activities in Formentera

A true paradise for outdoor activities, Formentera is the place to be for nature lovers! The inviting waters of the island are ideal for underwater exploration and the unspoilt nature is truly magnificent. From secret coves to impressive caves, the island is rich in natural sites. You can get around the island by bicycle or riding a horse to truly appreciate the landscape.

Find the top 6 outdoor activities in Formentera below:

  1. Visit the Ses Salines Natural Park.
  2. Explore the cave of d’Estrips.
  3. Dive in La Savina.
  4. Sail to the hidden coves of the islet of S'Espalmador.
  5. Hike in the Cap de Barbaria area.
  6. Have a boat party around the island.

La Mola lighthouse in Formentera

The impressive lighthouse of La Mola

What to eat in Formentera?

The cuisine of Formentera perfectly reflects the traditional way of life still practiced on the island. Many locals work in fishing and agriculture; this means you can find fresh local produce in most of the island’s restaurants and taperías. Seafood, herbs and delicious wines dominate the local gastronomical scene, but there’s definitely something for everyone.

Here’s what you have to try in Formentera according to ferryhoppers:

  • Peix sec: dried fish
  • Frit de polp: fried octopus
  • Calamars a la bruta: calamari cooked in its ink
  • Flaó: mint-flavored cheesecake
  • Xereques: dried figs
  • Greixonera: cinnamon pudding
  • Ensalada pagesa: salad with tomatoes, potatoes and dried fish
  • Botifarró: cured pork sausage
  • Vi pagès: red farmers’ wine
  • Hierbas: aniseed-flavored liqueur

Traditional fish-drying technique practiced in Formentera

Peix sec: the delicious dried fish of Formentera

How to get to Formentera?

The only way to reach the island of Formentera is by sea, as there is no airport on the island. There are frequent ferry routes from Barcelona and Dénia, as well as from Mallorca and Ibiza.

Here are more details about direct ferry routes to Formentera:

  • Ferry from Barcelona to Formentera: Normally, there are up to 6 weekly crossings from the port of Barcelona to Formentera. The route is operated by Baleària and the duration of the trip is approximately 12 hours. Standard tickets are around €70.
  • Ferry from Dénia to Formentera: You can travel from Dénia to Formentera at least once a day with Baleària. The crossing takes 2 hours, and tickets are around €66
    Tip: There’s also an indirect ferry route from the nearby port of Valencia stopping at Ibiza.
  • Ferry from Ibiza to Formentera: The trip from Ibiza to Formentera is the fastest way to get to the island. There are around 35 daily crossings, serviced by Baleària, Mediterránea Pitiusa, Naviera Aquabus, and Trasmapi. Tickets start at €15.
    Tip: This is one of the best routes for island hopping in the Balearics!
  • Ferry from Mallorca to Formentera: There is at least 1 daily crossing between Mallorca and Formentera. The trip duration is approximately 3.5 hours, and tickets for the Baleària route are around €100.

Good to know: Occasionally, there is a ferry route from the port of Gandía to Formentera. Have a look at our complete guide on how to get to Formentera in 2021.

Ferry in the Balearic Sea

Ferry en route from Ibiza to Formentera

Can I travel to Formentera now?

Yes, you can travel to Formentera at the moment. Have a look at the latest ferry measures for Spain, to plan your trip.

Important: Travel measures in Spain are subject to change depending on the spread of COVID-19 per region. Contact our Customer Support Team for more information about ferry travel in Spain.

Where to book ferry tickets to Formentera?

On ferryhopper.com and the Ferryhopper App, you can easily book cheap ferry tickets to Formentera. Check Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries for available crossings, compare ferry companies and see travel tips for the Balearic Islands.