Formentera is known for its beaches and clear waters, but if we visit the inland we can find small towns, light houses, towers and mills, lakes and salt marches, grottos and hidden caves, and beautiful juniper and pine woods giving way to areas of dunes and fascinatingly shaped rocks.
ES CALÓ DE SANT AGUSTÍ
This small historical fishing town has a unique natural port and traditional restaurants. Its wooden boatyards, with the function of protecting small vessels from the sea, were declared a cultural interest site in 2002. A walk around the town reveals a host of contrasts: small sandy coves of Ses Platgetes to the west, the Mola cliffs to the east. Very nearby is the starting point for the Greenway Route 25, which runs along the entire historical track to ascend up to La Mola, known as the Camí de Sa Pujada. As we make our way up, we are greeted by the best panoramic views of the island, from Racó de Sa Pujada and the Pou des Verro.
LA MOLA LIGHTHOUSE
Many visitors consider the far east of the island to be a magical place, like a lighthouse at the end of the world. Alongside the lighthouse is a monolith in honour of the writer Jules Verne, for the mention made in his book “Off on a Comet”. The most direct off-road route to the lighthouse from the Pilar de La Mola, is via the Greenway Route 29. This route is also a passport to travel 100 years back in time, given the rustic nature of the rural landscape, the presence of livestock, and the pleasant surprise of coming across a house to the left of the route classified as architectural heritage due to its perfectly preserved typical features. A breath-taking panoramic view awaits at the cliffs of La Mola as the finishing touch of this unforgettable walk.
CAP DE BARBARIA LIGHTHOUSE
The image of an almost desert-like landscape, a narrow road, the lighthouse in the central distance and the blue of the sea in the backdrop, form part of a collective cinematographic imagery. The lighthouse starring in this photograph, captured by Julio Medem in the film “Sex and Lucía” is that of Es Cap de Barbaria, located to the far southwest of the island. Es Cap de Barbaria is the rocky outcrop located further south on the island and is also a place that evokes sensations of immense loneliness and freedom. It is a place where the setting sun meets the dazzling views of the magic islet, Es Vedrá. A short distance from the lighthouse is an 18th century watchtower, Torre des Garroveret, which was formerly used to protect the island from invaders. The Greenway Routes 8, 10 and 11 take us here, also passing through the pre-historical sites of Cap de Barbaria.
ESTANY DES PEIX
This is a small lagoon with a narrow opening to the sea allowing small vessels through. This small lake is an ideal location for practising and learning water sports, with low-draft boats: windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, etc. It also has small shallow beaches, which along with the warm water temperature above than that of the sea, make this an ideal spot for spending a family afternoon at the beach.
ESTANY PUDENT AND SES SALINES
The Estany Pudent is a large lake located to the north of the island, between the towns of Savina and Es Pujols, though swimming is prohibited. It is a highly recommendable location for walking or cycling, both for its rich landscape and its importance as a bird watching site. The Es Brolls trail follows a large part of the lake, and as its name indicates, it contains subterranean fresh water sources, encouraging the growth of vegetation that is ideal for nesting birds. In winter is it common to see flamingos, as well as grey herons and mallards. In this unique environment, bulrushes, reeds and other fresh water flora, grow alongside vegetation adapted to saltwater, creating true marshlands. Very close by are the Ses Salines salt marshes, characteristic for their pink and violet tones, especially in summer. They are the cultural heritage of Formentera and before tourism reached the island, constituted the only industry there.
CAN MARROIG AND THE SA PEDRERA POINT
Visiting the east coast, between La Savina Port and Cala Saona, we come across a rugged coastline made up of a desert of strange and interestingly formed rocks, known as Sa Pedrera, a former quarry. Visiting this coast from the sea with a boat allows us to enjoy its vast wealth of marine life. Shallow snorkelling is recommended near to the coast, and it is common to see diving excursions enjoying the beauty of the seabed, covered in Posidonia sea grass. After this varied landscape, the next area is the forested estate of Can Marroig. Here we can enjoy the cool shade of the pine and juniper trees, or have a quick rest, making the most of the picnic areas provided. This space also offers visitors information and didactic activities related to the protected natural surroundings.