Guide to the most beautiful beaches in Formentera, Spain
In a paradisiac island like Formentera, you could even swim in the port and the water would be clear! But you know why Formentera has these long paradisiac beaches and crystal-clear water? It’s thanks to the posidonea prairie that surrounds the island. It’s a natural treatment plant that cleans the water and makes it possible for sand to be deposited on the coast, making Formentera’s waters an underwater jungle. No wonder UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1999 (maybe it even took them too long)!
Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera
Playa de Ses Illetes is said to be one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. It’s a very long stretch of white sand that offers incredible crystalline water (I’m not exaggerating here). The water is amazing, the sand is white and it’s definitely a must-see. No wonder it’s full of tourists and locals, and VIPs come with their yachts and stay all day.
It’s situated on the northern part of Formentera and it’s definitely important that you wear your sunscreen! There are no sun beds or beach umbrellas, only some wooden beach shacks and restaurants that serve lunch, happy hour and dinner, and make sure you have a reservation!
As you can imagine, during peak season the beach is extremely busy (the busiest in the island) so if you want to get some space it’s best you go towards the northern end, where there are less people, but it’s also where the nudists stay! You can also find some water sports at Playa de Ses Illetes.
To get here, you can either park your car outside (paying a small charge), and walk (walk about 10 – 15 minutes) before you reach your desired spot on the beach, or you could try taking your car in the reserve, hoping to find a parking spot (paying a small charge).
Playa Migjorn, Formentera
This beach is situated on the southern side of Formentera. It’s a very long beach with beautiful white sand and amazing crystalline waters (perfect for snorkelling) and it’s much less crowded than Playa de Ses Illetes.
Another plus side is that if you like happy hours and you want to enjoy the sunset, Playa Migjorn is a great beach to do so. It has some beach clubs with lovely rooftop terraces where you can relax, order drinks and admire the sun set. And if you want to stay for dinner, that’s also a great idea! Unless you have an accommodation close by, you have to take the your car/scooter. Parking has no extra charge (in most places).
Playa Es Arenales, Formentera
This beach is situated in the eastern end of Playa Migjorn, and of course, the water here is also fabulous and the sand is very white! It’s beautiful, and it has a higher concentration of beach clubs than Playa Migjorn, as well as a diving and windsurfing school. You won’t find many people here, so it’s great if you want to relax!
Playa Es Pujols, Formentera
For those that prefer a more commercial beach, with beach facilities, sun-beds and beach umbrellas, Playa Es Pujols is probably your beach. This beach is broad and sandy and has beautiful clear water. It’s situated in Formentera’s touristic center and it’s also aligned by a beautiful beach promenade, full or restaurants, bars and shops. If you like water sports, there are many at Playa Es Pujols.
Playa de Llevant, Formentera
Situated on the north-eastern coast of the island, between Punta des Trucadors and Playa des Canyers, Playa de Llevante is a beautiful sandy beach with amazing crystalline waters. It’s not very crowded, and it’s perfect for long walks.
This beach is characterised by many dunes and beautiful wooden platforms that provide access to the sea. Just careful if it get windy, as there are strong currents and high waves at times. Just a heads up, it’s also frequented by nudists. There is a popular beach bar called Tanga here, for those that want to have lunch on the beach.
Cala Saona, Formentera
Just 5km from Sant Francesc, on the west coast of the island, you fill find the charming Cala Saona. This lovely bay is surrounded by fishing boats and has marvellous turquoise waters and beautiful scenery (it’s protected on both sides by towering red rocks), it’s surely one of the most beautiful places in Formentera.
Calo des Mort, Formentera
Situated on the south-east side o the island, between Es Arenales and Es Ram, you will find this amazing beach cove with some of the most beautiful water you will ever see.
The cove is characterised by a small crescent-shaped strip of beach with some rocks, and jaw-dropping waters that will make you feel like you’re in you’re private Mediterranean pool.
Just a heads up, the beach is very small, and due to the rocks, it’s also pretty uncomfortable to lay down and sun bathe. It’s not very crowded but it’s hard to find a nice spot. Either way, it’s a must, you cannot miss it!