Formentera has 20 kilometres of extremely beautiful white sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters (this transparent water is the result of the absence of plancton, so that the liquid element doesn´t get that cloudy). Almost all these beaches have been preserved in their natural state, or have just a few buildings along them, ideal for swimming with very gentle slopes. In most of them nudism is practised, although they are not considered naturist beaches, where coexist naked swimmers and others with a swimsuit.
One of the advantages of Formentera being an island is that whilst the beaches on the northern coast will have bad weather when a northerly wind is blowing, the beaches on the southern coast will be fine, and this is an important consideration when deciding which beach to visit, in a small island like Formentera. Before swimming, it is important to consider the sea conditions. Most beaches on Formentera use the flag system to indicate safety for swimming, with green flags indicating no danger, yellow flags indicating that it is necessary to be careful and red flags indicating that you mustn´t enter the water under any circumstances.
Cala Saona is a beach with crystal clear waters, fine-grained white sand and a sandy ground. It is 140 metres long and has an average width of 120 metres. It has a high occupancy degree and a very good conditions to swim thanks to its quiet waters, and a very gentle slope. This is a beach surrounded by two cliffs and it is still nearly unspoilt, although there is a small hotel. It has a system of dunes at the rear, a thick pine wood and some escars (typical dry docks in the Balearic Islands). The accessibility by road is easy simply following the road signs. You can also reach Cala Saona by bus.
The Platja de Llevant is an unspoilt beach 1540 metres long and with an average width of 90 metres, which in summer has a high occupancy degree. Specially in the area known as Racó de Ses Ampolles. It has lots of headlands and rocky cliffs, fine-grained white sand, a system of dunes with vegetation that continue toward the interior reaching the Illetes beach. It has crystal clear water as well as a sandy ground with seaweeds and some rocky areas. When the wind blows from the east, can raise such a high waves, that bathing may become dangerous. The accessibility by a car is easy following the road signs. This beach can also be reached on food from Es Pujols.
The Platja de ses Illetes is a beautiful beach 450 metres long with an average width of 60 metres. Although it is an unspoilt beach has a high occupancy degree, provided that this is one of the most popular and crowded beaches on Formentera. It is situated at four kilometres form La Savina, a spot very well protected thanks to some little island in the north of the island. This wonderful natural area is part of Ses Salines Natural area, declared Human Heritage by the Unesco. Having a special relevance the dune system surrounding this beach, which reaches the Llevant beach, and the posidonia meadow under its crystal clear waters almost like a paradise. Illetes Beach has such a gentle slope, that after 50 metres from the coast there is just a depth of 1,5 metres. It can be easily reached following the traffic signs, and by bus.
Es Pujols is a semiurban beach 690 metres long and an average width of 25 metres, with a high occupancy degree. It is a very well protected bay thanks to the small islands in front of it, with crystal clear water and very calm with a gentle slope. In this small bay concentrates most of the tourist offer on Formentera Island.
The Migjorn beach occupies an important part of southern Formentera, with an average width of 40 metres. This beautiful and unspoilt beach is characterized by being very long, with wonderful wild corners (inlets and coves), thick pine woods and bushes. The ground is covered by high and extensive posidonia meadows, crystal clear water which invite to dive, the beach is not too crowded and it combines sandy areas with some other rocky. To reach it by road is easy, taking the road from La Savina harbour to La Mola, on the right hand side you will find deviations well signed, which will lead us to the Migjorn beach. It is possible to get there as well, by the public bus.
Cala d´en Borràs also known as Cavall d´en Borràs This unspoilt 500 metres long beach with an average width of 35 metres, in summer has a high occupancy degree, located at just 2 km from La Savina. it has fine-grained white sand orientated toward north and very calm waters. The slope is very gentle (at 50 metres from the coast there is a depth of 1,5 metres), as well as a ground which is covered by seaweed. The accessibility by car is easy following the signs and the deviations. You can also reach this beach with the public transport.
Es Caló de Sant Agustí also known as Ses Platgetes is a beach 100 metres long, with an average width of 30 metres, is locates in the semiurban resort of Es Caló, on the beginning of the track toward Sa Mola. This coastal stretch is formed by some very small coves that follow each other. Those beaches have fine-grained white sand with some rocks here and there, a system of dunes covered by vegetation at the rear, with a very gentle slope, crystal clear water and rocky ground with some sandy areas. These characteristics explain that the beach is not too crowded by local visitors and tourists. The accessibility by car is easy following the signs and the deviations. You can also reach this beach with the public transport.
S´Estany d´Es Peix is a is a narrow beach with an average width of 10 metres and 1000 metres long, with an occupancy degree not too high. This is a beach almost closed next to the La Savina port, open to the sea through a very small entrance which looks like a channel from the Mediterranean Sea, unique in the Balearic Islands. It has a very gentle slope (at 80 metres from the coast there is a depth of 1,5 metres and in the centre of the bay of three metres), there is no swell, and it has a sandy ground with seaweed. This beach is used to beach small boats and to practice water sports. A lot of migratory birds come to this wetland to find some food or to hibernate. Nests are not very frequent because of the lack of vegetation in the surroundings. There are lots of seagulls and cormorans, whereas in the rest of Formentera they are unusual.
S´Alga beach also known as Racó de s´Alga (seaweed corner) is located in S´Espalmador island, buildin a semicircular inlet. This unspoilt beach is 1000 metres long and has an average width of 90 metres, and it has fine-grained white sand and an extensive system of dunes at the rear, fixed by bushes and it has crystal clear water. One of its attractions is the bath in sulphurous mud which is supposed to be good for the skin.
S´Espalmador island is separated from Formentera by the Pas d´en Adolf also known as Es Pas de s´Espalmador, If the weather is good you can walk on this sandy stretch covered by less than one metre of water, from this beach to S´Espalmador. If the weather is not so good you should reach it by a small boat because of the lack of depth in this strait. Punta des Trucandors is the most northern place of Formentera and the nearest spot from S´Espalmador island. It has an orientation from north to south, a huge area, and it has sand and rocks, crystal clear water and a sandy ground. The beach is often very windy. It is possible to take a boat ride from Savina Port, stopping briefly on the way at Illetes Beach. During the summer season the occupancy degree is quite high.
Ses Salines is a beach situated at two kilometres from es Pujols, between Platja de Llevant and sa Roqueta. In a natural enviroment. The name is given by the activity of salt extraction that used to take place in the nearby Salines de Formentera. This area is separated from this coastal corner by a long and large dune line, covered by a vegetation and with the presence of lots of marine birds. This unspoilt beach is 4730 metres long, with an average width of 41 metres. It has lots of headlands and cliffs, rocks and fine-grained white sand, orientation toward east, strong winds in the summer may occur with an important swell, so that bathing might be dangerous, crystal clear water, as well as a sandy ground with seaweed and some rocky areas. The accessibility by car is easy following the signs and the deviations. The last stretch continues on a track. You can also reach this beach on foot from the nearby Platja de ses Canyes or from the resort of es Pujols. The beach is not too crowded by tourists.
Ses Canyes is a little unspoilt beach, located at two kilometres from Sant Ferran de Ses Roques, on the north coast of Formentera, 85 metres long and with an average width of 12 metres, has a low occupancy degree. This u-shaped sea inlet is quite small and calm, and it is surrounded by high, rocky abrupt and steep cliffs with no vegetation. It can be easily accessed on the road, by your own vehicle.
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Traveller name: Lagartija (February 2009)
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Sin duda Formentera tiene las mejores playas de Baleares, con aguas más que cristalinas y muy poco profundas, es increible comprobar lo mucho que se tiene caminar para que el agua te cubra. Es sorprendente ver cómo se ha preservado la naturaleza, y lo bien mantenida que está la isla en cuanto a orden y limpieza. Pero sin duda, lo mejor son las playas inigualables y sus cuerpos desnudos bajo el sol.