Formentera is one of the four islands of the Balearic archipelago, which in turn forms part of the Pitiuse Islands.
With the typical Mediterranean vegetation, it was used by the Romans as granary and wheat deposit (frumentaria) from which the name derives.
The inhabited centers of the island are six: Sant Francesc Xavier, Sant Ferran de ses Roques, El Pilar de La Mola, Es Caló de Sant Augustì, La Savina and Es Pujols.
Among the most pretty beaches and coves we mention:
Espalmador Natural Park is a small island 150 meters separate from Ses Illetes and measures 3 km2., Espalmador's best-known beach is S’Algar, a small bay with white sand and crystal clear sea. Behind the beach there the small peninsula is covered with vegetation, on the island there is no restaurant or bathing establishment and it also has a reserve of beautiful sand dunes, it is possible to get there only by boat.
The beaches of Ses Illetes, positioned in the northernmost point of Formentera and the closest to the island of Espalmador are the most visited and frequented by tourists. Its peculiarity is that in some places it is a strip of sand of a few tens of meters with the sea on both sides. Some renowned beach clubs famous for sunset cocktails and excellent paella are: Beso Beach, El Tiburon and the famous Juan y Andrea restaurant. Migjorn bay is one of the largest in the southern part of Formentera (from La Mola to Es Cap de Barbaria).
Cala Saona, a small beach, but also one of the most beautiful, full of restaurants and kiosks from which you can admire the nearby Ibiza.
Llevant, based in the northern tip of the island, in the east area (as the name indicates) is a large beach and is the area closest to Ses Illetes, so it is quite popular.
It is recommended to rent scooters (available both from the port of La Savina and from the village of Es Pujol) to explore the entire island of Formentera, also reaching the lighthouse in the south of the island to admire the breathtaking view of the cliffs. Many markets animate the villages of Formentera during the summer months such as Sant Ferran de ses Roques, Sant Francesc Xavier and others.
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Megalithic tombs are the first evidence of the colonization of the island. Until not long ago almost nobody knew anything about the prehistory of Formentera. It was in 1974, that the first archaeological find was discovered on the island, the most famous is located in Ca Na Costa, on the outskirts of the famous resort of Es Pujols, and dates back to 2000 BC,. In the middle of the Bronze Age, a large stone dolmen, where the pieces are arranged geometrically perfect.
Later the Greeks gave the islands of Ibiza and Formentera the collective name of "Pitiuses" ("islands of the pines").
The Romans arrived in 200 B.C. around and built a fortress near Es Caló The castle of Can Pins (a large military fortress erected for defensive purposes).
following the fall of the Roman Empire Formentera did not have a stable domination for a long period, until it fell under the control of the Moors, thanks to which it experienced centuries of remarkable prosperity.
Only in the eighteenth century the population of Ibiza began to be interested again in the younger sister Formentera. It is in this period that a radical repopulation and allocation of people allowed the island to build its true identity.
But it is certainly from the 70s, with the arrival of hippies (called by the natives "peludos" or capelloni), that this island became the preferred destination for anyone looking for a still unspoiled and wild place.
Weather in Formentera
Light rain today through Wednesday.
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