Formentera is a well-known and esteemed tourist destination thanks to its clear waters with turquoise tones and fine white sands that leave visitors speechless. The protected beaches have barely been changed by man and frame a land that is well equipped with familiar, modern tourist infrastructures.
Upon observing the peculiar contour of Formentera, there are three large expanses of beaches: on the northeast, the coasts of Llevant and Tramuntana; on the opposite side, the northwest coast, the island’s most famous islands, Illetes and Cavall d’en Borràs; and to the south, the coast of Migjorn.
The peninsula of Es Trucadors, to the north of the island, is a large stretch of sand that spreads out from south to north. Here the beaches of Llevant, Ses Illetes and Es Cavall d’en Borràs are formed, which occupy the west coast. Illetes is the most famous beach on the island and receives the most tourists. Despite the large concentration at peak times of day, walking along as far as the final authorised car park, there are stretches of practically deserted beaches, even at peak times.
Moreover, the nearby beach of Llevant is much less visited than Illetes. It covers the entire east coast of the beach, and also has fine, white sands, though with small rocky areas. Moving northwards, these two beaches are so close that you can spread out your towel in the middle and enjoy both at the same time.
All this area falls within the Ses Salines d’Eivissa i Formentera Natural Park, an area of special environmental preservation. For those visiting on motorbike or by car, a fee must be paid at the Park entrance, whilst pedestrians, cyclists or those with electric vehicles may enter free of charge.
In the natural extension of Es Trucadors we find S’Espalmador, a private island that is open to the public. It is very easy to cover on foot and has various beaches, the most popular being that of S’Alga on the west coast. To access S’Espalmador (swimming across is prohibited due to the sea currents), a local company makes various crossings each day, leaving from the La Savina Port and stopping off at the Illetes beach. Other options are to pay for a nautical tour or to rent a boat.
The other large sandy area is the beach of Migjorn. It stretches over 5 km in a half-moon shape, covering the whole of the south of the island from the Es Mal Pas area up to the Es Copinar zone. The Migjorn beach has different place names to distinguish one part from another, from west to east: Es Mal Pas, Es Ca Marí, Racó Fondo, Còdol Foradat, Es Valencians, Es Arenals and Es Copinar.
Es Caló des Mort deserves a special mention, a small cove along from Migjorn beach and separated from the area of Es Copinar by a rocky and rugged area.
Cliffs dominate the western coast of the island, among which a small natural bay can be found, with beautiful landscape and crystalline waters. It is the beach of Cala Saona, loved by families for its shallow, clear waters. Small cliffs and a large number of boatyards in good condition frame this backdrop.
The Tramuntana Coast occupies the central northern part of the island and is a low, rocky coastline. The walking route along the top is agreeable, starting from the Racó de sa Pujada, and among the numerous rocky stretches where it is relatively easy to find sandy nooks. It is one of the most tranquil parts, even in peak season. The only coastal population in this area, Es Caló de Sant Agustí, is very highly regarded among locals and visitors alike, due to its fishing port and exquisite gastronomic premises. Just a two-minute walk away is Ses Platgetes, two small adjacent bays in which sand is broken up with rocky areas.
In the far west of this coast is Cala en Baster, a rocky cove surrounded by high limestone walls where outstanding boatyards can be found, made in natural caves. Easy access to this location is from the town of Sant Ferran.
In Formentera there are 2 adapted beaches for people with reduced mobility: Es Pujols and Arenals. Both have access ramps, a platform with shade, handrails, amphibious chairs and lifeguards. Arenals has adapted bathrooms and reserved parking.