We put at your disposal our guide of Formentera for travellers that want to enjoy at the utmost this marvelous island. This information is divided in four sections in which you will find following information:
- Beaches, description, localization, how to arrive, interesting spots of every beach.
- Gastronomy:Formentera cuisine, typical products.
- Formentera: general information about the island.
- What you should know about transport, spots for shopping, celebrations calendar and more!
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Formentera occupies a superficies of 82 square kilometers when we include its nearby small island. We see before us an almost completely flat territory. Only a narrow ribbon of land pressed between two shores links the promontory of La Mola that towers in the east above sea level with its 192 meter and the cliffs of Cap de Barbaria in the south, where the highest point is the 107 meter high Guillem tower.
Other characteristic landscapes are the humid zones in the north and northwest area of the island.
They form part of the Natural Park of the Saltworks of Eivissa and Formentera, that is dominated by two small lakes: S´Estany Pudent and S´Estany des Peix, Both of them are connected with the open sea.
There are various village settlements although most of the inhabitants live in rural zones.
A large network of country roads permits to criss-cross the countryside into the most faraway corners, and enjoy the quietness of the landscape sprinkled with houses and farms. The most important traffic points turn around tree main roads and some by passer. The most important main road starts in the port of Formentera, called la Savina, and crosses the whole island from west to east arrives at the lighthouse of la Mola.
Another road goes by the salt lakes in the north and links la Savina with Es Pujols and Sant Ferran.
In the port is a concentration of all the possible nautical services an enthusiast might dream of.
There are two yachtports, various diving and nautical centers to practice windsurf, kite surf, sea kayak and sailing. Various enterprises offer excursions to the sea or the possibility of renting a boat, as motorboat as sailing boat.
A bit more than two kilometers from la Savina lies the major village Sant Francesc Xavier, the capital where a great deal of administrative activities and services are situated: the municipal all the office for attention to the citizen, the fortified church of the 18th century, various educative centers the Higher Institute, the hospital and in the sport area you find the public swimming hall and the modern sport center “Antoni Blanch”.
Cultural events are localized here: exhibition rooms, the movie, the handicraft center, the farmer´s market ”Gabrielet”. In summer, in the high season, it is really recommendable to leave car or motorbike in one of the public parkings. The center of Sant Francesc, completely pedestrian precint, is formed by square with the fortress church and the seat of the Insular Council of Formentera.
From here starts the third main road that leads to “ Es Cap de Barbaria”. Midways it bifurcates, straight on it goes to the lighthouse and on the right to “Cala Sahona” a characteristic bay with a golden beach and row of antic fisher huts from where striking sunsets can be admired as it is situated pure west.
Going back to Sant Francesc and taking there the main road again going to the right, we arrive after 2.5 kilometers at Sant Ferran de Ses Roques. There are in this small village in the middle of the island a few points of interest, above all in summer.
There is the worldly know “Fonda Pepe”, a myth, a legend! In the fifties and early sixties young nonconformists from the limited states and whole Europe, too, discovered the “Paradise Formentera” an made it famous over the whole world. The meeting point was the restaurant inn “Fonda Pepe”, and even now it is one of the rare establishments that still keeps the genuine style of that epoch. In the late sixties then, a whole generation of hippies flooded the island with their love for peace, freedom and tolerance, and a way of living in harmonious relationship with the environment.
This movement left its footprints on the whole “image” of the island and its still is one of the keys for the successful evolution of Formentera. The hippies introduced on esthetic attitude of their own, that for years and years now, still goes on impressing a seal of identity in fashion, art, music and handicraft of the island.
Just next to the Fonda Pepe are the Church square and main street, that will turn themselves into the art market, where from may until October local artist will exhibit and sale their work and genuine handicraft workers will show their original products, all of them imbibed with the spirit of the island.
If we go north now, we arrive at Es Puyols, with the only beach within urbanized area on the island. There are only two discotheques but a whole row of restaurants ,snacks, cocktail and music bars. Swinging nightlife!
We take the main road to La Mola and pass by the marrow ribbon like part of the island before we arrive in Es caló de Sant Augusti. On the left side we see the northern coast line, to the right the plain with fields of all different crops, separated by the antic typical walls of dry stone. A landscape worth of mentioning. With the most beautiful specimen of the typical and symbolic tree of Formentera: the fig tree. Here we find the ones with the widest spread and of incredible beauty. Entering the small village of Es Caló, that was originally the first small port of the island and lately developed itself into a real fisher port, we see an amphitheater of wooden huts , ship yards in typical old style for the traditional fisher boats around a small landing jetty.
We continue our way climbing up the only important slope on the island, direction la Mola, turning serpentines on a narrow winding road, stopping midways at the vantage point to have a look at one of the most spectacular panoramic views and therefore one of the most photographed ones!
We leave the curves behind us and enter the plateau with the village of Pilar de la Mola, a small concentration of houses and shops where the hippy handicraft market, open in the afternoon Wednesday and Sunday, deserves to be given due prominence. A small group of artist and handicraft workers organized spontaneously this at the beginning modest hippy market in the early eighties. In the meantime, many of them has become famous creators and designers. During the market, live musical animation and performances of street artists maintain the colorful ambience that inspired its origins.
Outside of el Pilar on the most eastern point of the island towers the lighthouse, above an impressive cliff coast. For early risers a worthy recommendation: get yourself an unforgettable sunrise !
Beside the variety and diversity of Formentera´s landscape, what we might appreciate most of all might not be something we can touch or see with our senses, but some mood we feel in spirit and soul and we take home in our suitcase and our memory for ever. This “something” is the “invisible island” the most intimate part, the one that makes us vibrate with the magic in the air, the one that puts a spell on us, a spell of quietness, peace and freedom. All this emotional richness in an unrepeatable environment with all around that crystalline and transparent Mediterranean see, its water clear as glass and an intensity of light never found anywhere else.
Formentera definitively is unique und to compare it with paradise is no exaggeration at all.
Its hides a secret a mystery that every visitor for himself has to find out on his own way so he will discover and know his island.
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The flavours of the Mediterranean.
Formentera´s cuisine combines the most antic flavours of the Mediterranean with the most daring variations.
Many restaurants have, in the course of time, developed a specific style of cooking that outclasses the so called “international cooking” very “en vogue” during more than a decade, but at present, out of fashion.
Restaurants nowadays set on offering quality and incorporate in their menucards new dishes prepared with local products that are always available.
Formentera´s diet, is based on fish, greens, cereals, legumes, lamb and pork meat.
With these ingredients Formentera has composed its own gastronomy, with, as, a principle, simplicity in the elaboration and high quality products, as there are specially the innombrable species of fish and the immense choice of seafood, day after day freshly captured by the skilled local fishermen with their base in the port of la Savina.
“Peix sec” dried fish, honey, figs, cheese.
Fishermen´s tradition here has always been to dry their fish with the purpose to conserve it and so be able to consume it all the year round. Nowadays this practice has become a gastronomic attraction, awarded with the “Arca del gusto”(the Ark of good taste)by the international organization Slow Food. The types of fish used for this typical local specialty of dried fish,” peix sec” are rays, hound shark and dogfish. The transformation process starts by cutting the fish in pieces without taking of the skin and let it marinate in brine for one hour.
Later on the fish fillets are hung up on a dried juniper trunk called “parrera” to dry in the sun. Once it is dried, the pieces are toasted by fire, cut up in small portions and conserved in glass containers with olive oil.
The island offers other products like wine, honey, figs, salt and a fine herb liqueur ”hierbas”. Lately the wine of Formentera has made itself very appreciated in the world of connoisseurs thanks to the cultivation by the wine cellar Terramo in la Mola and the other one of Cap the Barberia. Both of them produce a select gamma of wines that responds to the growth of the antic autochthonous island vines with incorporation of typical Mediterranean varieties. This combination results in intensive wines with a strong body without losing their freshness.
In the fields a large number of goat and sheep flocks pasture and feed on the cereal growing there. This “free and open air” cattle breeding results in a deliciously flavoured meat where the taste of nature is very present.
Other gifts of the countryside are figs and almonds that are used in many dishes, above all in a large assortment of desserts.
Salad “Farmer´s way” and traditional dishes.
Among the dishes that build the gastronomical identity figure f.e. the salad “farmer´s way” elaborated with the famous dried fish, fried octopus , stew “Farmer´s way” with meat and potatoes, squid fried “a la bruta” in its own ink juice and “bullit” a potage of fish and stewed potatoes. And there is more: a large range of rice dishes in all their varieties prepared with great mastery and elaboration of the local ingredients will surely satisfy the most discerning palate.
Seafood of the Mediterranean
In the local restaurants fresh fish in great variety always figures on the menucard. The offer will depend on the fishing of the day before, this way the cooks can be sure to dispose of first quality products. The queen of the seafood plates is, of course, the “langosta” the lobster prepared and elaborated in all its possible forms.
The abundance of this gastronomic variety will surely be one of the most pleasant souvenirs in the visitor´s memory. He will, with all these flavours and tastes still on his palate, remember the richness of Formentera´s cuisine.
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CAVAL D’EN BORRÁS - SES ILLETES - LLEVANT
This broad and wide coastal ribbon with several beaches as Cavall d’en Borras, The Illetes and Es Trucadors in the Nature Reserve of The Salines of Eivissa and Formentera is one of the most coveted littoral zones of the Mediterranean, as well by bathers as by enthusiasts for nautical sports. Most of these splendid beaches are looking to the west, except the one of Llevant, that is separated by a narrow line of dunes and has a view to the east. It is less frequented, but has as well as the other ones a sublime water quality and a perfect layer of fine golden sand.
If you go by walking, bicycle or any vehicle of electrical propulsion, you have free access to all the beaches in the Nature Reserve, but motorbikes , mopeds, cars and quads will have to pay a parking tax wich amount depends on the epoch of the year. The control posts are situated on the entrance of the Park.
In August, the high point of the season, it might be difficult to get access into that area, due to a lack of space, when the parkings are totally occupied, they are closed. Newcomers have to wait until there are free places again.
The Parque Natural is an enclave where the bathing quest will find all the beach services he desires: sun beds, umbrellas, sailing schools, kiosks and restaurants with typical Mediterranean dishes on their menu card, above all seafood and rice specialities.
It is true that these beaches in July and August are extremely crowded, but during the rest of the season this splendid natural environment suffer less of the high pressure of midsummer, and the west coast becomes a stage for dreaming with incredible sunsets, every evening a different spectacle , with the firewall bursting out his last rays in amazing cascades of colours from orange over pink to violet and than slowly sinking into the sea, vanishing behind the clear line of the horizon and night can come...
RESTAURANTS AND KIOSKS
- EL TIBURÓN:
- On the Cavall d’en Borras beach.
- Restaurant in the shadow of pinetrees with international kitchen, elaborated cocktails and what is more….. perfect sunsets!
- ES MOLI DE SAL:
- In the Nature Reserve.
- Restaurant in the antic salt mill with Mediterranean kitchen
- Specialities lobster, fresh fish, rice dishes and... incredible view of the Vedra, Ibiza and sunset. A must!.
- EL PIRATA:
- Where the Illetes beach begins.
- Kiosk, restaurant where almost nothing is lacking on the menu .card. Lobster, seafood, stew, fresh fish and…and…and… everything with the flavour of the sea.
- JUAN AND ANDREA:
- In the middle of the Illetes beach.
- Paella, lobster, fresh fish, various rice dishes. Reservation recommendable.
- ES MINISTRE:
- On the isthmus between west and east, at the end of the Illetes beach.
- Classical Restaurant with mediterranean kitchen and an enormous terrace with seaview to both sides.
- In the Nature Reserve, on the Llevant beach among the dunes, looking to the east.
- A restaurant that is still faithful to the genuine traditional local kitchen, with an ample menu card.
- The site is a privileged one and “it’s all in the family”.
- In the dunes of the Llevant beach.
- Wooden kiosk with a big terrace, perfect for all kind of informal meals.
SA ROQUETA - ES PUJOLS
To the east Formentera’s shore continues in a serie of creeks in form of a half-moon, that are separated by zones of rocks and protected against the forces of the sea by natural riffs.
SA ROQUETA: Various hotels in an environment of quietness and riffs.
Continuing direction east, there is the Es Pujols bay, the only beach inside an urbanized zone on the island. This is the real tourist center with a multiple offer of lodgings, apartments, hotels and other services. Fashion boutiques, restaurants, bars, cafeterias, discotheques: commercial, topical, the real feeling of “holidays”.
With the sea at your feet, it’s evident that there is a dense concentration of all kinds of restaurants, bars and cafes for every taste, every style, every purse.
A few ones disserve of being given due prominence:
SA VARADERO: Meat from the brazier.
ES PINATAR: Traditional cuisine of Formentera, rice specialities.
ES CAPRI: Specialized in rice dishes and fresh fish.
MA VIE: Mediterranean kitchen.
CAMINITO: Speciality of meat of Argentina from the brazier. (Just outside the village).
This creek on the Westside of Cap de Barberia is a very snug and welcoming. A half-moon in the front of the sea, surrounded by impressive cliffs and old fisher huts that go back to an antic local tradition, and are still in use for the typical and efficient island float. These huts here, and all the other ones along Formentera’s coast are declared as“Good of Cultural Interest”. As the beach is very flat, it is very easy for children and older persons to go into the sea. For food and drinking there are various possibilities.
RESTAURANTS AND KIOSKS:
RESTAURANTE SOL: Fresh fish, rice dishes.
RESTAURANTE CHACALA: International kitchen.
KIOSK CALA SAONA: House made kitchen, cocktails at sunset.
With more than 6 kilometers of thin sand the Migjorn beach ( the “midday” beach), is the longest one of the island. It starts at the defence tower of “ Pi d’es Català” a historical enclave that everlooks the whole southern slope. The Migjorn beach is a succession of minuscule creeks although in its central part, called “ Ca Mari”, there are a lot of hotels and all thinkable services.
There are lodgings, apartments, tourist houses, all of them looking to the south. At the end of the coast, where the cliffs of La Mola start, there is another complex of luxury hotels.
In this zone, the visitor can enjoy the essence of the Mediterranean with the choice, the whole year long, between an isolated and secret creek or more animated part of the beach. There are a few typical “Chiringuitos”, small beach kiosks, that are opened every day in summer and, out of season, in the weekends. There the guests are treated as “in the family”. The gastronomical possibilities are almost endless.
RESTAURANTS AND KIOSKS
SA PLATGETA: Nearby the watch tower Es Pi d’es Català, in a privileged zone under pine trees, looking South.
Paella, seafood, fresh fish and an ample menu card to satisfy the most demanding palate. Very informal ambience.
(There is a “Ses Platjetes” in Es Calo, do not confound!).
PELAYO: In the shadow of the pine forest, this oldfashioned kiosk maintains the tradition of the sixties: main dish is the “Paella”. The clients can follow with their own eyes how to the giant frying pan ( good for one hundred portions!). is suddering on a bonfire.
SOL Y LUNA: On a big terrace there is enough place for large families.
PLAYA REAL: Rice dishes, fresh fish... and a lovely sandbeach.
VOGAMARI: A perfect combination of traditional island specialities and the best of the mediterranean cuisine.
BLUE BAR: Not only a restaurant but a legend, too. With blue as it’s striking colour it was and is a place to be!. Blue the sea , blue the sky, blue the colour of Donovan’s “true love’s eyes”, ...and surely one of the innumerable musicians that gave live performance there has written the “Blue bar’s blues” on some starry night. Since the late sixties always swinging with live concerts, dj evenings and other spectacular events.
FLIPPER: For chilling, relaxing and enjoying an elaborate and sophisticate lunch or dinner.
ES CUPINAR: By the “ Hotel Riu”, first line on the beach owned by a professional fisher family, so to say: the fish jumps from the sea on your plate.
ES ARENALS: Besides a rich choice of seafood and fish, you can taste here genuine meat of Formentera, for example lamb that has pastured in the fields next door and smells of rosemary and wild thyme!
SES PLATGETES - ES CALO
Before you arrive at the small village of Es Calo de Sant Augusti, you find the coast of “Ses Platgetes “small beaches”, with intervals of rocky zones. A phantastic panorama unfolds itself: Ibiza with some smaller nearby islands and to the East the promontory of La Mola. Taking a rest in the sympathic beach-kiosk-restaurant “Amoriodio” you can try to find out what the colour of the sea in front of you might be?. Turquoise? Emerald? Petrol green? Royal blue? Marine blue or violet? Or?...
Es Calo was in ancient times the first small port that linked Formentera with Ibiza, by strong winds very dangerous! La Savina where it was safer, established itself later on, but “ Es Calo” didn’t change much in the last one hundred years and kept its same image with its typical wooden dry docks for the traditionals “llaüts” and “ botes” (fisher boats) in a half circle around the rudimentary jetty.
The beauty of this idyllic site has been an inspiration for artists from everywhere. Musicians, photograhers, writers, poets, painters, all of them caught by the magic of this antic little port. There are tree restaurants; two of them “Pascual” and “Rafalet” with a longtime tradition of fresh fish dishes, and other typical focal plates.
“Pascual” is on the road to La Mola, “ Rafalet” sits” on the rocks of the seashore itself. The third one “Es Calo” is a newcomer, but making a quick start up thanks to its quality Mediterranean cuisine.
EL PILAR DE LA MOLA:
CAN TONI: Next to the church. The owner, spanish topmodel Eugenia Silva, has styled it according to her taste, high quality, sophistication and elaboration as well in the place itself as in the menucard.
PEQUEÑA ISLA:The “small Island” offers a big choise of dishes, above all : meat from the grill.
PIZZERIA MACONDO: “one of the oldies”, already its pizzas and italian kitchen have been a great succes from the beginning.
FONDA PEPE: Since the sixties a “place of the world”. International public, international food.
CAN FORN:Small but sweet, and very “ from Formentera”.
The “ Capital” with everything a hungry person needs.
PA I VI: “House made” with top quality!.
ES MARES: In the center of town, the only 4 stars hotel in Formentera. Its wine cellar and its cuisine will make happy the most exigent gourmet!.
CA NA PEPA: In an old farmer’s house next to the church. For an exquisite breakfast, a refreshing “cafe con leche” in the sun, or a tasty lunch.
CAN PACIENCIAS: In a small passage in Sant Francesc, local kitchen.
EL MATINAL: Whatever you could wish for breakfast, they have it!. Even the good humour to start the day with. Coffe? Tea? Juice? Sandwich? Croissant? Pastry?. Just dream of it and .... There it is!!!
CAFETERIA SAN FRANCISCO: What the name says “ Cafeteria”. Coffee house, very old style, where the taxi driver and the old farmer come to chat and eat some house made meal.
CAN CARLOS: Just outside the center. Italian restaurant with a perfect attention for every detail.
RESTAURANTE ES CAP: Where the road to Cap the Barbaria splits to go to Cala Saona. House made kitchen, paella, fresh fish, rice dishes and a lot of typical Formentera Plates.
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The only way to come to Formentera is by sea, and the Port of La Savina, connected with that of Ibiza town all the year round, is the only way in, and the only way out. Eleven miles separate the ports of the Pitiuses, tree shipping companies give transport service with “jet” boats, modern and quick, that need only half an hour for the crossing. There is also an “express” line, with boats that take more or less 45 minutes. The prices for a passenger ticket (without residence) depends on the type of boat and differs according to the company. It may lay between 17 euros to 26 euros. Some other shipping companies transport vehicles and freight. During the summer mother there exist some weekly direct connections Formentera-Peninsula(with the port of Denia) as well for freight as for passengers.
On the inside
All over the years Formentera has been considered “the island of the bicycle”. But times were changing, and with time the model of tourism changed, too. Although the bike did not disappear completely from the streets and the rural roads, traffic now is dominated by motorbikes and mopeds. In the port of La Savina and in the more important places there is a wide range of car-and-moped rentals, where they offer also electric vehicles. The island is one of the few in the Mediterranean that counts with a mains supply system with charge points. So one can circulate with a vehicle of electric propulsion without the fear of being stucked with an empty battery.
A very efficient public transport service of regular busses links the most important villages, the tourist zones and beaches. There are various lines and the time schedule provides no excess of “in-between-waiting periods”. The taxi service has its stands in la Savina, in Sant Francesc and “in Es Pujols, and number of radio-taxi is available.
Wether walking, by bike, by moped or car the most import thing is utmost caution! As well on the main roads as on the smaller country roads with a lot of intersections there is a hotch potch mixture of vehicles of all different types. The driver has to be aware and show respect, so as to share space and keep the necessary distance.
He should not forget that on this small island, there are very few kilometer to run, so speed is absurd. In Formentera , on the road the devise is: ”poco a poco”, step by step, slowly, slowly.
Formentera´s farmers have great love and respect for their land and their environment. So the visitor, taking a trip on the country roads, should not pass private entries, nor disturb the livestock nor jump over walls or fences.
Health´s service in Formentera is concentrated in the Hospital, just outside of Sant Francesc. It offers an ample range of services, f.e. primary treatment, determinated specializations, as well as on emergency center.
In most of the occasions the hospital center has sufficient means to attend the necessities of the residents and the visitors. But in case of diseases or accidents that require a more specialized treatment, always in function of the health condition of the patient, the emergency sanitary helicopter will be activated to do the transfer to Ibiza.
There are in la Savina, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran private medical centers to complete the offer of sanitary services.
There are four pharmacies in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran, Es Pujols and Es Caló.
Beaches and winds.
The special references in Formentera are marked by the four cardinal points, and its geographical situation makes it possible at the moment to go to the beach, to choose that one where the wind does not blow. So it is very useful, before taking a decision, to know the direction of the win. So the bather can go the western beaches by east wind and viceversa.
And by northern wind he can choose the migjorn beach, the south, and viceversa, too.
On the most important beaches watch service and first aid points are installed to take care of the security of the bathers. This service is formed by a group of professional experts on life saving at sea, specialized in reanimation and first aid, they have sufficient means to attend small wounds and jelly fish burns. It always is recommendable to follow their instructions, and to pay attention to the beach flags.
With their colour they indicate the condition of the sea, and the risks of bathing.
Almost in every village there is a typical hippy market besides the ample range of commercial localities. In Sant Francest the hippy market in the pedestrian precinct around the central church place is opened in the morning from Monday to Saturday. The stands in la Savina on the sea promenade are opened morning and afternoon on normal commercial time schedule.
In Es Pujols, with his attractive ambiance by night, there are many restaurants and shops to discover besides the hippy market with a great amount of all kind of articles:
Presents, imitation and authentic jewelry, leather works and casual fashion clothing. In Es Pujols, a real touristic center, one finds as enormous quantity of cafes, music bars and discotheques.
And, last but not least, the most famous handicraft market is the one in el Pilar de la Mola, on Wednesday and Sunday, both in the afternoon. This event was born almost 30 years ago, as a result of an idea treasured by a group of handicraft artist that lived up there.
With the flowing of the years, it went bigger and bigger and by now one can find an ample diversity of original handmade articles; the whole atmosphere has conserved the spirit of the hippy epoch and on the afternoons the market is open there is live music in the air and all kind of street artist give their performance.
Also in Sant Ferran there is a handy craft market and an artistic one, on weekdays. The creating artists exhibit and sell their products, directly in the "Carrer major", the main street. One can observe them “life” while they work in their stands.<br/< There exists a widespread range of supermarkets of all possible sizes and qualities. There is a big difference in prices from one commerce to the other, so it is convenient to compare.
Restaurants and kiosks The assortment of restaurants, snackbars and beach kiosks is as large as it is varied. To avoid disagreeable surprises, it is wise to consult the price list. For every purse there are possibilities and options from most exclusive restaurants to bars with very economical menus of the day.
Normally, in all places at the seaside the prices go up, as well in the restaurants as in the beach kiosks where they serve a large variety of cocktails at sunset.
Since many years the main squares in the villages have been stages for live performances.
This way, from June to September, the Constitution square by the church in Sant Francesc acts as stage set for jazz concert where local musicians mix with visitors.
In Sant Ferran, on the Church square, rock and modern actual musicians give, every Friday evening, interesting performances in a jolly ambience of amusement and dancing.
The same thing happens on the Europa square in Es Pujols but here every Thursday evening where the group “Antena libre” in company of invited artist shows its repertory os music of the whole world.
30 of May: the fiesta in honor of the village´s patron saint ,Sant Ferran de ses Roques, marks the beginning of the tourist season.
22 of June: Saint John´s Night in Pilar de la Mola. It is the Mediterranean equivalent of Midsummer´s Night, with a huge bonfire as major attraction to celebrate the shortest night of the year.
16 of July: fiesta of the “Virgen del Carmen” in la Savina. She is the patron saint of the sea. The fishermen take her statue to one of the professional fisher boats and leave the harbor for a procession to the sea, followed by a whole bunch of other boats. It is a yearly tradition ; every owner of an embarkation small or big will pass by and present it to the priest for benediction. The same celebration will take place some days later in Es Pujols; this small village maintains also its own mariner´s tradition, a big “Flower Power” fiesta included.
25 of July: Sant Jaume, Saint James. Day of Formentera. This is the most important and popular fiesta on the island. It takes place in Sant Francesc Javier and the program includes always the famous “Flower Power” a recreation of the hippy ambience in the sixties. A colorful event, everybody in disguise.
5 of August: “Santa Maria fiesta de la tierra” of the soil, its farmer and its products. The young ones of the island have taken its organization into their hands. The activities go on the whole month long, with an ample gamma of cultural and musical activities, with highpoints of electronic performances and groups that sing in Catalan.
24 of August: in the typical fisher port village of Es Calo de Sant Augusti, there are since 4 years live music concerts during the popular public festival.
September: Festival of the Formentera Guitars, with the best local musicians and even celebrities out of everywhere in Europe. The church square in Sant Ferran will be vibrating for at least two successive mights!
12 October: Fiesta in Pilar de la Mola a typical public festival with man, procession and later at night, a concert that marks the end of the tourist season. In honour of the many German residents and tourist, that have been faithfully coming since so many year there is an imitation of the “Oktoberfest”, the antic Bavarian beer festival.
3 of December: Fiesta of the patron Saint in Sant Francesc Xavier. Winter festival with religious services and festivities in the evening.