Formentera,experience the Mediterranean
Camí de Sa Pujada
Formentera,                 4   Formentera,                       12 Fig trees like cathedrals                     the col...
Illetes beach                    Formentera,     Paradise is a state of mind. It is based on a                            ...
divingDiving   Posidonia                                        Sea bed         Watching Ibiza fall away behind you, seein...
Cala Saona
sun and beachSes Salines                                                  Migjorn beachWhat dazzles visitors most is the w...
Barbaria lighthouseIt is a unique place. A tongue of sand allows        a freshwater pool in the interior. Difficult to   ...
all kind of bluesCamí de Sa Pujada   Es Caló de Sant Agustí                    As well as these broad beaches, Formentera ...
Island oftreasure andadventureThe singularity of Formentera starts with itshistory. The megalithic sepulchre of Ca naCosta...
culture             In the 11th century, when the island was ruled                    by the Muslims, the Norwegian King S...
Fig tree                  Fig trees   One of the great advantages of Formentera is                              its size a...
natureRural landscape                  cathedrals that one can easily divise with        of Migjorn. The fine sand is cris...
Ses Salines              Cap de Barbaria offers a vision that reaches      La Mola is another, different world. Being a   ...
walksLa Mola lighthouse                                                    Camí de sa Pujada                     When you ...
An island fordiscoveringfrom the seaIf there is one ideal place for nauticaltourism, that place is Formentera. Severalfact...
nautical                    Another destination for many sailors is the                            islet of SEspalmador, l...
HOSPITAL     NATURAL AREA     INFORMATION     CHAPEL AND SANCTUARY     LIGHTHOUSE     DEFENCE TOWER     ARCHAEOLOGICAL SIT...
La Savina Tourist Information Office              Edificio Estación Marítima              Teléfono: 971 322 057 - Fax: 971...
www.illesbalears.es   www.formentera.es
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FORMENTERA, Experience the Mediterranean

  1. 1. Formentera,experience the Mediterranean
  2. 2. Camí de Sa Pujada
  3. 3. Formentera, 4 Formentera, 12 Fig trees like cathedrals the colours of paradise 16 An island for discovering from 7 Stunning sand and water the seaexperience the 10 Island of treasure and adventure 18 Geographical map of Formentera and tourist informationMediterranean
  4. 4. Illetes beach Formentera, Paradise is a state of mind. It is based on a harmonious landscape, full of beauty and at the same time, welcoming. On a sense of time the colours of paradise that is slow, encircling, profound. And above all on the feeling of being in a closed world, removed from problems and conflicts, far away from everything. An approachable, human-size world. A treasure island. And these are precisely the characteristics of Formentera. Formentera is the southernmost island of the Balearics. And ever since hippy times it has served as a symbol of paradise, the perfect land, the place where you can be happy. The fact that it can only be reached by sea lends it a romantic character. You have to embark on a sea crossing, experience arrival minute by minute.4
  5. 5. divingDiving Posidonia Sea bed Watching Ibiza fall away behind you, seeing And human relationships benefit from that the islets one after another, and how the boat tranquillity, too. There are no large towns on suddenly heads for a flat land, with Formentera. Sant Francesc de Formentera, promontories at the tips. the centre of the municipality, and Sant Ferran de ses Roques are open, placid, An island that looks like something out of a pleasant towns. Pilar de la Mola is still a storybook, because you can see from afar how dispersed hamlet, and Es Pujols is a small the light sparkles, the reflections. As though tourist resort. we were entering a different dimension. For many years now Formentera has And in a way, we are. As an island within symbolized the antidote to the rushing and other islands, Formentera is a land with evils of the modern world. Sensations are its own rules. The first one is, there’s no complete here. You touch a stone, you rush. Since the landscape is so flat, the contemplate the turquoise sea, and you sky looks very big. And you can see how want to become an artist. Because the the clouds float by very slowly. The dusks magic, the secret of Formentera, speaks are never-ending. directly to your soul. 5
  6. 6. Cala Saona
  7. 7. sun and beachSes Salines Migjorn beachWhat dazzles visitors most is the water ofFormentera. A sea that ranges from a verypale and intense blue - almost whitish - to Stunning sand and waterthe deep green of the underwater sand.The most spectacular zone is in the north,close to the port of La Savina. This is wherethe Ses Salines region lies, which forms partof the Ses Salines dEivissa i FormenteraNatural Park.These salt marshes stretch along a sandy area,dominated in the south by the mirror formedby the pool of Estany Pudent. And to thenorth, a path leads you amidst pine groves anddunes, to the beginning of Ses Illetes. Thissandy promontory extends northwards, asthough it were trying to reach nearby Ibiza. 7
  8. 8. Barbaria lighthouseIt is a unique place. A tongue of sand allows a freshwater pool in the interior. Difficult to contrast with the sea and the nearbyone to enjoy two seas, one of which may be find anywhere where one could feel further silhouette of Ibiza. They are highlycalm and the other choppy. One dark blue and from civilisation. photogenic and offer numerous secret nooksthe other silver. The light sand contrasts starkly and crannies for bathing or sunbathing.with the sky and the sea. And nothing else. The coast of Es Pujols, the island’s smallThis is absolute purity of landscape. tourist resort, has a delightful beach. With the The island’s other large stretch of sand is the advantage of extremely easy access and the beach of Migjorn, the southern arch of theThe stretch of sand gradually narrows as proximity of all kinds of services. It is one of island. After the dunes, where some now-you approach the northern tip. Until it ends the island’s most family-friendly beaches. mythical beach kiosks are operational, the seaat the channel of Es Trucadors. A little sweeps along the whole of the horizon. It is asound that separates the island from the And for anyone looking for quite the opposite limitless sense of freedom. From here one cannearby islet of SEspalmador. A Robinson there are places like Punta de sa Pedrera. To see the Cap de Barbaria headland, jutting outCrusoe-like image. reach it one walks along the shore of Estany like a rocky promontory, with the lighthouse des Peix, a mirror-like pool of water that is that was made famous by Julio Medém’s film,SEspalmador, which can only be reached by always calm, resplendent. Many boats sleep “Sex and Lucia”.boat, looks like an authentic desert island. It here. At Punta de sa Pedrera the shapes of anhas just two houses, a sandy beach, cliffs and old quarry look like theatrical settings. They8
  9. 9. all kind of bluesCamí de Sa Pujada Es Caló de Sant Agustí As well as these broad beaches, Formentera Bathing in Formentera means enjoying contains a host of charming nooks and complete sensations. Submerging in the crannies. The kind that enable you to enjoy transparent, luminous water, seeing the deep different bathing, entering into a personal blue of the sky, feeling the hot sand under dialogue with the landscape. Between Es Caló your feet. It feels like a cleansing ritual, a de Sant Agustí and La Mola, there is a rocky purification. Something that not only fills the stretch of coast, with tiny little spots. Half stimuli of the body with plenitude, but also hidden amongst the rocks, you can find the provides a near-spiritual calm. Fusion with traditional boathouses where vessels are kept. the scenery, the water and the sun. Fusion And the stone forms platforms and narrow with the universe. inlets for those who now how to find them. La Mola rises up amidst the shadows of cliffs, leaving the area of Es racó de sa Pujada at its feet, with azure waters and a former sandstone quarry. The vision is truly magical. 9
  10. 10. Island oftreasure andadventureThe singularity of Formentera starts with itshistory. The megalithic sepulchre of Ca naCosta, 4,000 years old, is the most spectacularmonument of the first human occupation ofthe Balearics. This large dolmen wasconstructed using huge slabs of stone.At Cap de Barbaria several prehistoricvillages have also been conserved, and indifferent caves at La Mola remains from thesame era have been found.Later, Phoenicians and Carthaginians alsofrequented Formentera, which was thenknown by the Greek name of Ophiousa, orIsland of the Snakes. Which is ratherstrange, since there are none of this kind ofreptile on Formentera.The evidence of the Roman presence is quiteclear. A vestige of that era is the nameFormentera, which some believe is derivedfrom Frumentaria (wheat) and others fromPromontoria (because of its two promontories).The cliffs of La Mola are riddled with themouths of numerous caves. One of them, theCova del Fum, was the scene of an event thatwas reflected in the Nordic sagas. Church of La Mola10
  11. 11. culture In the 11th century, when the island was ruled by the Muslims, the Norwegian King Sigurd a lack of resources that forced them to emigrate to America. attacked a group of pirates who kept their As a consequence, they are tough people, booty in the cave in question. To get them accustomed to hardship. They are considered out, he had a Viking ship go down over the good sailors, and have faithfully preserved rocks, throwing burning torches into the cave their traditions such as the “cant pagès”, very and suffocating those inside. Moorish in style and sung whilst covering the face with the hand. This adventurous character was to continue centuries later. In the 16th and 17th centuries The traditional attire is different to that of Formentera was on the front line of the war Ibiza. The most striking thing is the between Christianity and Islam. combination of the broad-brimmed straw hats The island was abandoned and left worn by the women and the traditional uninhabited because of the continuous costume, which is black or very dark. In Sant pirate incursions. It filled up with dense Francesc de Formentera, the Ethnological vegetation, and it is said that more than one Museum allows one to contemplate objects Berber pirate hid the fruit of his pillage here. from the island’s past, such as the windmills Treasure island. or the salt exploitation devices. In the 18th century the island was The gastronomy is peculiar, too. repopulated. This explains the church of “Peix sec”, fish dried beside the sea, is used as Sant Francesc de Formentera, as solid as a a condiment in dishes like salad. fortress, since it also served as a defence The most popular confectionary is “orelletes”, like the towers that still watch over the as well as fritters and “flaó” (cheesecake with island’s coasts. mint). Not to forget the wine made in Formentera, or the traditional “vi pagès”. One of Formentera’s riches was salt, which was extracted under extremely harsh In this way Formentera offers sensations of conditions. The pools where some of the sea adventure, of a return to the past. Like in the Peasant woman water was first evaporated and the salt then La Mola lighthouse, facing the sea that leads crystallized can still be seen today. to Algeria. A romantic image, reminding one of the mention Jules Verne made of the island The island was discovered by hippies in the in his novel, Hector Servadac. And one ‘sixties. It became the symbol of “paradise, which runs its eye of light over the extension now”. Many things still remain from that era, of La Mola every night. from the crafts and woollen jerseys to the music and the street markets. Formentera has not had an easy history. Its inhabitants have had to fight against pirates first, then the problems arising from insularity, Typical house 11
  12. 12. Fig tree Fig trees One of the great advantages of Formentera is its size and terrain: 83 square kilometres with no mountains or differences in like cathedrals altitude. Making it the perfect place for moving around in by bike. Above all thanks to the green circuits that allow one to penetrate inland Formentera, the heart of the island, in the form of over twenty signposted itineraries. The scenery of Formentera surprises everyone, especially thanks to its huge fig trees sustained by wood poles. Inside the trees you can observe creative shadow pictures that in summer are combined with the lights, whispers and shadows of the leaves. These fig trees are real nature12
  13. 13. natureRural landscape cathedrals that one can easily divise with of Migjorn. The fine sand is criss-crossed by their long branches and unmistakable the roots of trees that look like sculptures. silhouettes. It isnt odd the hippies used them as great “mansion”. One singular area is that occupied by the two pools, which are like the island’s “eyes. The stone walls running alongside the fields The reflections that form in them at dawn or are low, and in general Formentera’s flat dusk attain truly incredible tonalities. A landscape has a highly bucolic appearance – play of clouds, blues, greys, pink or reddish houses surrounded by fenced-in pieces of hues. At times you don’t know which is sky land, sheep, goats, vineyards. All very much and which is pool. As though the island had in proportion, like those naïf drawings that two skies. represent it so well. And always, in every single corner, the inevitable lizards, with their greens as intense as a precious stone. And Formentera also has pine groves, savine woods and above all, the large area of dunes that surrounds the salt marshes and the beach 13
  14. 14. Ses Salines Cap de Barbaria offers a vision that reaches La Mola is another, different world. Being a the soul. When you cross the area called Pla plateau, it constitutes a kind of “second del Rei, the feeling of solitude is Formentera”. Traditionally it was reached via overwhelming. Just a straight road, leading the so-called Camí de sa Pujada, a winding, directly to the lighthouse. And on either side stony path. From it one can gaze on the an extension of land that is almost lunar, with whole island as though it were a model, a living rock. Slabs castigated by the sun and place on a map of the world. the wind, that creak when you step on them. In the background, the cliffs full of seagulls. Authentic precipices from where one can glimpse the waves breaking against the rocks. This is where the famous Cova Foradada is, with a cavity that leads you to the edge of the abyss. It receives so many visitors one can quite clearly see the path that has been worn out in the middle of the stony ground.14
  15. 15. walksLa Mola lighthouse Camí de sa Pujada When you reach La Mola, you get a very Since it is a perfect plateau, one can also special feeling. You dominate the horizon, move around the edge of La Mola. the sea. And all around you there stretches a This enables you to discover surprising minute geography of houses, fences, little places, like Sa Cala, a small cove set at the woods, that almost seem to make it infinite. foot of the cliff, or Cala Codolar, where for many years provisions were unloaded for the La Mola is a universe in itself. Here one can lighthouse keepers. The steps that go up to find the tiny church of Pilar de la Mola, near the top from the sea are quite giddy. to which the craft market is held on Wednesdays and Sundays. Not to be missed when one is in Formentera. 15
  16. 16. An island fordiscoveringfrom the seaIf there is one ideal place for nauticaltourism, that place is Formentera. Severalfactors make the island a navigational centre.First of all, the variety of its 69 kilometres ofcoastline, enabling one to discover and enjoyvery different kinds of scenery in a shortspace of time. The island’s nautical facilitiesare in the port of La Savina, where the ferriesand speedboats from Ibiza arrive. It is a goodplace to put in at, sheltered and with plentyof services.The existence of rich sea beds explains thefact that diving is really the “star sport” ofFormentera. The transparency of its watersand its biological wealth mean thatimmersions regale one with unforgettablemoments.Today, La Savina is a modern port, withhotels, restaurants, shops and an active rent-a-car and bicycle hire sector. In spite of theinnovations, it has preserved all itscharacter. From the port one can see thehorizon of Ibiza and the mass of the islet ofEs Vedrà in the background. s’Espalmador16
  17. 17. nautical Another destination for many sailors is the islet of SEspalmador, located to the north of is a wild area, with no shelter, and only small coves like Sa Cala or Cala Codolar. the island. It has a good refuge in the bay of s’Alga, strips of sand and scenery that has El faro de La Mola, situado a 118 metros de not changed in centuries. The waters in this altura, centra la zona oriental de La Mola. stretch between Ses Illetes and SEspalmador Tras pasar la Punta Roja, la ruta nos lleva acquire chromatic varieties and a luminosity hacia otro varadero ya en la parte final: it would be difficult to find in other parts of sEstufador. En las alturas se contemplan the Mediterranean. bosques y torrentes. Se entra así en la extensa playa de Migjorn, un amable arenal que traza To the east of Formentera lies the projection una especie de medio círculo y que acaba of Punta Prima, right beside the tourist conduciendo al segundo promontorio de resort of Es Pujols. And from here one can Formentera: el Cap de Barbaria. travel along the north coast of the island, which has little cliffs and rocky areas, Like La Mola, “es Cap” – as it is known on the without the sandy beaches of the south. island – is an authentic spectacle from the sea. This coast has its own peculiar charm, For the majesty of its cliffs and the abundance above all in the fishing port of Es Caló de of marine birds that inhabit it. It is the Sant Agustí. The origin of this tiny, oval- southernmost tip of the island, and after shaped wharf surrounded by numerous passing it one enters a rocky zone, that boathouses lies in the existence of a eventually leads to Punta de la Galera and Punta Prima monastery at La Mola during the Middle Punta de sa Pedrera. The area of sea that Ages. It is one of the most picturesque begins here and reaches the islet of sEspardell, images of the island. The traditional boats located east, forms part of the Ses Salines or “llaüts” leave from here to fish beyond La dEivissa i Formentera nature reserve, and has Mola, and when they return they are pulled been declared world heritage for the wealth of up the ramps to protect them from the sun. its posidonia meadows. After Es Caló de Sant Agustí the cliffs of La Contemplating Formentera from the sea is like Mola begin, right in the corner known as Es going back in time. Everything is nearby, there Racó de sa Pujada. An inlet surrounded by is always shelter. And seeing the silhouette of cliffs, with turquoise waters and some sea its cliffs from close quarters, as though you caves. It looks like a scene from The Odyssey. could touch them, is an experience it is difficult to forget. Travelling around La Mola by sea is a unique experience. The cliffs rise up, solid and impressive, like an enormous castle. At their highest point they stand nearly 200 metres tall. On the walls one can see hundreds of Es Caló de Sant Agustí hollows, caves and near-vertical rock faces. It 17
  18. 18. HOSPITAL NATURAL AREA INFORMATION CHAPEL AND SANCTUARY LIGHTHOUSE DEFENCE TOWER ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE MUSEUM CYCLING NAUTICAL ACTIVITIES18
  19. 19. La Savina Tourist Information Office Edificio Estación Marítima Teléfono: 971 322 057 - Fax: 971 322 825 e-mail: turismo@formentera.es Sant Francesc de Formentera Tourist Information Office Plaza de la Constitución s/n e-mail: turismo@formentera.es Es Pujols Tourist Information Office Calle Espalmador, esquina Avenida Miramar e-mail: turismo@formentera.es Published by: ATB, Agència de Turisme de les Illes Balears (Balearic Tourism Agency), Conselleria de Turisme i Treball (Regional Tourism and Labour Minister), Govern de les Illes Balears (Government of the Balearic Islands) Coordinated by: ATB publicity department Contributors: Consell Insular de Formentera Concept, design and layout: dcp3.es Photos: © Mateu Bennàssar, Manu San Félix, Jaume Capellà, Manuela Muñoz, Manfred, Pedro Coll, ATB photo archive. Cover photo: s’Espalmador Texts: © Carlos Garrido Printing: Gráficas Planisi Legal deposit: PM - 0000 - 2010 Edition: September 2010 Printed on Creator Star paper.Ses Illetes Help us to improve our next edititon of this brochure by sending your recommendations to: publi@ibatur.caib.es. Thank you.
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