S'Espalmador is a small, privately owned, uninhabited island located in the Balearic Islands. It is just to the north of Formentera, from which it is separated by a shallow sandbar. During low tide, it is possible to wade between the two islands. The area is visited by canoeists and yachts heading between Ibiza and Formentera. The island has pristine beaches, freshwater springs and a mud-bath. To the north of the main island is Illa des Porcs (Pig Island) which was once used as a hideout and stronghold for pig smugglers. The En Pou lighthouse was built on the island in 1861 to mark the southern side of the Es Freus strait between the island and Ibiza.
Before the La Savina port was developed, Es Calo Formentera was the island’s main harbor. Although just 100 feet (30m) across it was selected by the Romans to export figs, and later as a place for the residents of La Mola to drop anchor. In fact, the village gets its name of Es Calo de Sant Agusti from the fact that the monks from La Mola used to moor their boats here, before heading up Cami Roma to their monastery. Right up until the 1920s it was used for shipping sandstone, charcoal and wood. Today you will see that is still used by a number of fishing boats, and as an old fisherman’s town it has the best fish restaurants in town: Pascual and Can Rafalet.
Migjorn beach extends for 8 km along the south coast of the island; in this beach, you will find a good number of beach bars and restaurants where you can relax peacefully during the day and dine in the evening watching.
Relax in the tranquility of scenic Playa de Llevant. Rent a beach chair or just lay a towel on the sand and enjoy the fantastic views of Ibiza. If a refreshing swim seems inviting, be aware that this beach tends to experience stronger currents and higher waves than other areas of the island. It’s also popular with nudists, as its sand dunes provide private and sheltered areas. Bring along a picnic or grab something to eat at one of the several beachside restaurants and bars. Our Formentera day trip website makes visiting Playa de Llevant and other Formentera attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
In the south-east of Formentera, where the flat dunes border a rough, steep cliff landscape, you will find the small bay of Caló des Mort, which is a real highlight among the beaches of the island. Shimmering, turquoise, crystal clear water, soft sand, large rocks and picturesque cliffs are found together here and create a unique natural setting. Although there are no amenities at the bay of Caló des Mort, there are chiringuitos and restaurants at the busy beaches nearby which can be reached in a few minutes on foot. Caló des Mort is perfect to enjoy in just one location many different aspects of the impressive natural surroundings typical of the island of Formentera.
In the small bay of Cala Saona, there is only a very small stretch of sand among the steep cliffs which dominate the west of the island. The cozy beach here is surrounded by forests and low dunes and in the background, a large hotel blends nicely into the landscape.
On the northernmost tip of the island, Playa de ses Illetes has long been regarded as Formentera’s ‘fashion beach’ – but don’t be surprised if not everyone is dripping in designer labels, as it’s also the island’s official nudist beach! A long, thin arc of white sands and shallow, Caribbean-esque turquoise waters make up the beach, which is peppered with sun loungers in summer and very popular with day trippers from Ibiza. Marvel at the luxury yachts moored just offshore, while their owner's wine and dine in the glamorous seaside restaurants, also one of the best beaches in Formentera to watch the sunset.