Guide to the most beautiful beaches and coves in Formentera, Spain

Nestled in the embrace of the Mediterranean, Formentera is an island that boasts beaches so pristine, even the port’s waters sparkle with clarity. But what’s the secret behind Formentera’s breathtaking crystal-clear waters? It’s the Posidonia Oceanica seagrass meadows, nature’s very own purification system. These underwater gardens filter the sea, ensuring the waters remain crystal-clear and the sands, impeccably white. Recognizing its vital ecological role, UNESCO honored it as a World Heritage Site in 1999. Formentera, with its unspoiled beaches, truly is a slice of paradise. Now, let me guide you through the top beaches in Formentera, each with its own unique charm.

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Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera

Formentera’s 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. Here, the sand is white and the water is a transparent azure that seems almost surreal. Its beauty attracts everyone from everyday beachgoers to the international elite, anchoring their yachts to bask in this idyllic setting. 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)—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 (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

On the island’s southern shore lies Playa Migjorn, a haven of tranquility compared to its northern counterpart. Its extensive stretch of fine sand and clear waters makes it an ideal spot for snorkeling enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful beach experience.

If you like happy hours and 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 who prefer a blend of natural beauty with modern conveniences, Playa Es Pujols is the go-to destination. This bustling beach is the center of Formentera’s tourist hub, lined with a promenade that offers an array of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. With its well-appointed facilities, Es Pujols caters to every beachgoer’s needs, making it a favorite for families and water sports enthusiasts alike.

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 in Formentera 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 gets 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 of the island, between Es Arenales and Es Ram, you will find this amazing beach cove. It’s absolutely on of the best beaches in Formentera and it boasts 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 as if you’re in a private Mediterranean pool. Just a heads up, the beach is very small, and due to the rocks, it’s also 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.

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