Sant Francesc

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The main town on the island.

Sant Francesc Xavier is the capital of Formentera, the main town on the island. Sant Francesc is home to the Island Council (Town Hall) and the island’s main services.

What to see: The square and the historic centre

The most important landmark is the parish church. The austere appearance of the building is due to the fact that it was designed as a defensive fortress, as well as a church, at a time when the memory of piracy was still very vivid. Its door is covered with iron plates. The church was completed in 1738 and is located opposite the Island Council. In San Francesc there is also the small chapel of Sa Tanca Vella, covered by a barrel vault. The chapel of Sa Tanca Vella dates from the 13th or 14th century. With the repopulation of the 18th century it became too small, which is why the church of Sant Francesc was built. It is currently out of use but has been restored and can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.

After touring the square and the eastern part of Sa Raval, you can visit the Fossar Vell, open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. This cemetery was restored by the Formentera architect Marià Castelló in a project that was finalist in the FAD awards for architecture in 2017.

Via Portossalè Avenue you can access the service area, where the cinema, library, swimming pool, sports centre and Es Molí Social Centre are located.

Near Sant Francesc Xavier, you can find the mills of Sa Mirada or Sa Miranda. The first one (Molí d’en Mateu) is part of a private house, while the second one, called Molí d’en Jeroni, is easily accessible. They were built in the 19th century and ceased to operate in the 1950s. From the mills there is a wide panoramic view, with a succession of promontories and inlets: you can see the Estany des Peix and La Savina, the island of Ibiza and the islet of Es Vedrà.

Exhibition halls

Sant Francesc is also home to most of the exhibition halls. The Sala d’Exposicions Ajuntament Vell, with more than 10 years of steady uninterrupted programming, is in the Plaza de la Constitución. Exhibition openings are usually on Mondays at 8 pm and admission is free. The Centro Antoni Tur “Gabrielet” is a space for exhibitions and workshops associated with local crafts. Open from Monday to Saturday.

The Formentera Ethnographic Collection is located at Carrer Jaume I, 15 (first floor). It consists of a permanent exhibition of tools, utensils, furniture, clothing and instruments that amply illustrate what life on the island was like until the mid-20th century: a collection of utensils representative of the everyday life of traditional Formentera. The opening hours are from 9 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 7 pm from Monday to Friday.


Today, Sant Francesc Xavier is the centre of the fashion trade and its central streets are replete with small boutiques with a personal interior design and a meticulous selection of items such as clothing, decoration and jewellery. From May to October, small stalls are set up in the streets, some of the jewellery or leather goods stalls offering handmade crafts from Formentera. On Tuesdays and Saturdays (mornings) in the Jardí de Ses Eres (behind the church) there is a flea market selling second-hand clothes, books and other items.

Festivals in Sant Francesc

  • 25 July, feast of Sant Jaume, patron saint of Formentera.
  • 5 August, Santa María, festivities of the Earth.
  • 3 December, Feast of Saint Francis Xavier.

Events in Formentera