Our kind friends the L&Ders sent us this great article about there
adventures in Formantera which is ...I'll leave it to them to tell you
We have had a number of holidays on the island of
Formentera. This is the smallest of the Balearic Islands, and it
situated about three miles off Ibiza. There is no airport on Formentera,
so it has remained relatively undeveloped. That doesn’t mean that it is
not popular with tourists. It just means that it is not a mass tourist
destination, and visitors have to do a bit of leg work in organising
their holiday them self’s.
Nearly all of the beaches on Formentera are
clothing optional to a greater or lesser degree with the exception of
the town beach at Es Pujols.
Our favourite beach is Playa Migjorn This is an
eight kilometres beach running along the south of the island. In reality
Migjorn is formed by lots of smaller beaches separated by rocky out
crops. The beach is accessed at various points by roads and tracks off
the main drag that runs east west along the isthmus. The points of
access are usually occupied by textiles but if you walk away from these
it gets progressively naturist until you get near to the next access
point. When the whole system starts again. Our favourite spot was at the
far west of Migjorn. This is the least developed end. There is a nice
restaurant. And a great bar that looks more like a garden shed, and not
Probably the most popular beaches are illetes and
LLavent . These are on the far north of the island and are the nearest
to the port of La Savina and Ibiza. These beaches get quite busy and
naturist and textiles are pretty well all mixed in together.
Another nice beach can be found north of Es Pujols
just around the headland. I could never find a name of this beach. So
we always refer to it as the German beach because apart from us it seems
totally occupied by Germans, (usually a good sign) (Sept 09 Bjarne
from Denmark informs us it is Platja des Canyers and says it is their
favourite beach on the island)
We were told that during July and August the vast
majority of visitors are Italian, and they take over most of the island
and don’t go in much for nude sun bathing.
And in 2012 we got this postcard
from Joseph and Helen
We have being going to Formentera for many years, and try to visit every
year. It really is the most beautiful laid back island, where clothed
and unclothed beach-goers mix happily on almost every beach with no
segregation anywhere. Even on Es Pujols main beaches it is possible to
be naked at times outside of the "Italian" months of July and August.
These pictures were taken in September at the beach in front of the
Portu Saler Apartments and in full view of the restaurants and cafes on
always avoid July and August, when the island becomes very busy indeed
and becomes something of a Little Italy, with expensive chic bars and
shops springing up in Es Pujols to service them, and expensive designer
swimwear very much in evidence on the beaches. Outside of these months
the island reverts to more of its natural uncrowded and unpretentious
usually rent bicycles and get round the whole island on them. There are
many “green” routes which avoid the main road and are a great way of
getting from beach to beach, and reaching quieter areas that cars don’t
get to. The island is largely flat, but if even that sounds too
energetic for you, it is possible to hire rechargeable battery bikes at
less frequented coastline is the area between Es Pujols and Es Calo,
called Tramontana. This is a mixture of rocky shore with small sandy
patches where it is usually possible to find a quiet spot all to
yourself, as shown by the next picture.
of our favourite days out whilst on the island is a visit to the
neighbouring uninhabited island of S'Espalmador with its gorgeous sandy
beach and inland mud lake. It is possible to walk across to the island
at low tide, but we prefer to take the little ferry from the harbour.
This is a group of ferry passengers walking from the ferry along the
unspoilt beach on Espalmador towards the mud lake.
there, most people take a naked dip in the mud - it really does feel
great although no beneficial medical qualities are claimed of it. This
is me( Joseph I think!) covered in mud from head to toe after my dip in
possible to walk for miles in the nude along Formentera’s coastline. The
turquoise sea is more tropical than the Caribbean and some of the more
remote parts are almost deserted at times. This is me during one such
walk from Ses Canyers (Es Pujols) to Playa de Llevant and beyond.