The island's name is said to derive from the Latin word frumentarium, which means "Granary".
The island of Formentera has 19 kilometres long and it´s reached by ferrie from the Estación Marítima in Ibiza Town, or Denia in mainland Spain during the summer season. The main villages of Formentera are the quiet Sant Francesc Xavier, Sant Ferran de ses Roques, El Pilar de la Mola and La Savina. We can see the uniqueness of Formentera as soon as we arrive in it´s Port of La Savina. The whole island of Formentera is a Natural Reserve making the island a unique place to visit half an hour from Ibiza.
The pristine white sand of Formentera and the fact that nude sunbathing is allowed on most of its beaches make it an attractive destination. Although roads allow access to all parts of the island and cars are easily hired in the port, the best option to travel in Formentera is to rent a moped or a bicycle due to the flat nature of most of the island and the availability of dedicated cycle tracks in most locations. It is also a way to contribute to maintain the island´s beauty and preserve it´s nature. If you are planning to visit Formentera we suggest you to use this form of transport.
With a population of just over 7000 people and no airport, Formentera is usually quieter than Ibiza. However, in the high season from July to August, it draws a huge numbers of visitors. The overwhelming majority are Italian and the Italian language is heard more often than any other. In peak season, advance booking for hotels is absolutely essential as camping is not allowed in the island. The hotels on the island are mostly small and independently owned. The majority are in the one- and two-star categories.
What makes Formentera different from most Mediterranean destinations it´s not only the beauty and it´s beaches , but the absence of buildings along the coast. Laws were passed in Formentera as in Lanzarote not to allow high structures to be built.
If we bike north of Formentera we´ll find the astonishing island of Espalmador(Illa de s'Empalmador), separated from Formentera by only a shallow sandbar, during low tide, it is possible for one to wade between the two islands. The area is also a popular stopping point for yachts heading between Ibiza and Formentera. The beaches of Formentera are equally astonishing, pristine waters, white sand beaches along the coast are ideal to simply just walk from tip to tip.
It´s worth a walk around shopping for some Formetera crafts, with a number of street sellers and shops where we can buy precious stones and fine carvings, also in the Mola Artisan Fair we can find many certainly decorative items. The market runs from May until October every Wednesday and Sunday.
Formentera has an atmosphere of simplicity and back-to-nature due to the high level of conservation and making it an ideal destination when in Ibiza. The whole island is a World Heritage site by the UNESCO.