What to see in Formentera?

Formentera is one of the smallest islands in the Balearic Islands. Many tourists who are in Ibiza take the opportunity to visit it during a day trip. But if you choose to stay longer on this charming island, you won’t regret it, as it has a lot to offer. Here is a list of the best places to see in Formentera.

You’ll find a tranquil and paradisiacal island surrounded by blue waters with beaches of dunes and pine trees, where there is clearly an atmosphere of peace and good energy. Most visitors describe Formentera as a paradise, and we can only confirm it.

Illetas Beach

Illetas Formentera

In the Ses Salines Natural Park, on the northern coast of Formentera, you will find Illetas Beach, a wonderful and unique place.

You’ll discover a pristine beach in a natural setting that has gained fame over the years and has become one of the most well-known beaches in the Mediterranean, consequently, one of the most visited.

You have to see it to believe it; its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters make this place truly magical.

Don’t forget to bring your camera; you’ll want to have a memento of this beautiful place.

The Lighthouse of Cap de Barbaria

The Lighthouse of Cap de Barbaria

Located on the southernmost tip of the Balearic Islands, the Cap de Barbaria Lighthouse is a true symbol of Formentera.

To reach the lighthouse, you have to travel along a very narrow road, but with a beautiful landscape. Upon arrival, you’ll see the narrow, empty road, the lighthouse against the backdrop of the blue sea – an iconic image.

The lighthouse is still in operation, so access is prohibited. However, this doesn’t matter much, as what truly impresses is that it stands atop a cliff.

There is no entertainment of any kind nearby, making it perfect for you to relax and enjoy the place. We recommend bringing a bottle of water and something to eat to fully enjoy this landscape. Don’t miss the sunset, as it’s actually one of the best spots in Formentera to witness it.

Photography enthusiasts adore this place as it’s perfect for capturing unique shots.

Saint Ferran of the Rocks

The Church of Sant Ferran

It is a village located in the center of the island, not far from the capital, crossed by the main road that crosses Formentera.

In the 1960s, it was a meeting place for hippies and bohemians, an atmosphere that can still be seen in the artisan and artistic markets.

One thing you shouldn’t miss in this village is the church of Sant Ferran de Ses Roques, one of the most modern on the island.

Although at first glance, the village may not seem to offer much, you won’t be disappointed to go and experience the free and creative atmosphere. Furthermore, during summer nights, you can enjoy live music and a charming atmosphere.

The Formentera Viewpoint

The Formentera Viewpoint

The Formentera viewpoint is located on the way to the village of El Pilar de la Mola. To reach it, you will have to drive along a winding but well-maintained road.

It is a spectacular site with panoramic views of the island of Formentera; therefore, from here, you can appreciate the beauty of this island.

From the road, you’ll be able to see the Formentera Viewpoint restaurant where they serve delicious Mediterranean food.

But the best time to visit this viewpoint is actually when the sun is setting. The sky is adorned with reddish hues.

Estany Pudent

Views of Estany Pudent

Estany Pudent is a lagoon located in the north of Formentera between the towns of La Savina and Es Pujol, and is part of the Ses Salines Natural Park. However, it’s important to note that swimming in the lagoon is prohibited.

We recommend visiting on foot or by bike, as it’s a place where you’ll have a greater chance of seeing various types of birds.

Without a doubt, an ideal place to enjoy a beautiful sunset and the nature that Formentera has to offer.

Sant Francesc

The Church of Sant Francesc

Sant Francesc is the capital of Formentera, so it is very easy to find. If you leave the port, you just have to follow the main road for about 3 kilometers and you will see the signs to enter the village.

Despite being its capital, Sant Francesc is a very small village, with only around 3,000 inhabitants.

In the heart of the capital stands the church, surrounded by white houses and small shops offering unique and exclusive items. On Tuesday and Saturday mornings, you can find a market with clothing, books, and second-hand products.

Don’t forget to visit some of its charming restaurants and bars with delicious food.

The Lighthouse of La Mola

View of La Mola Lighthouse

Among the things to see in Formentera, we recommend the La Mola Lighthouse, also known as the Formentera Lighthouse. This lighthouse is a must-visit, as it’s one of the most spectacular sites on the island.

EIt is situated on the edge of a cliff with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a highly visited site by tourists, due to its great beauty.

We recommend going either very early to see the sunrise or to catch the sunset. You will be enchanted by the scenery.

Es Pujols

Es Pujols Beach

This is a tourist town located in the north of the island, right by the beach. It is currently one of the most visited towns in the summer. Around it, you will find a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and bars.

There is a night market from May to October, open every day, where you can buy souvenirs and typical items from Formentera while taking a stroll through the town.

During the summer nights, it’s the only place that offers  nightlife.

Es Pujols Beach, with its crystal-clear waters and white sand, is ideal for enjoying with friends and the whole family. Its calm waters are perfect for enjoying water activities.


Espalmador Island

It is a small island located north of Formentera and is a protected territory that is part of the Ses Salines Natural Park. You can admire the islet from the beach of Illetas.

The islet is privately owned (it was bought by a Belgian in 2018); however, you can still enjoy its white sandy beaches and blue-colored waters. You can reach it by ferry from the La Savina port or with a private boat.

Old Windmill of La Mola

Molí Vell

This windmill with six blades is located very close to El Pilar de la Mola. It was one of the last windmills to be in operation.

The windmill is open to the public, so during visiting hours, you can see inside and all of its machinery. In fact, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn a bit about the history of Formentera.

In total, there are six windmills on the island, but we recommend visiting this one, as it is the best-preserved, even though it is over 200 years old.

It’s a spectacular place to take out your camera and snap some photos.

These are our recommendations for what to see in Formentera. We also invite you to explore all the experiences we offer at Runaway Experiences.

What to see in Formentera?

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