Look out over the waves, to Ibiza's rugged coastline, and you couldn't feel further from the excesses and exuberance of the party island’s wilder side. La Savina is ringed with wonderful, rippling beaches, and whether you want to scuba dive with flashing sea-life, stroll across rocky outcrops, or admire lighthouse cones puncturing brilliant blue sky, the choice is endless. There's no airport, so most visitors take the ferry over from Ibiza to enjoy the salty sea air, endless cycle paths, and boomerangs of golden sand that Formentera is famous for. View more
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Enjoy an orientation of Formentera, the smallest populated island of the Balearic archipelago, and find out why it has been called “the last Mediterranean paradise.”
San Francisco Javier
From the port of La Savina, board a coach for the short drive to the quaint town of San Francisco Javier, the capital of Formentera. Here you will have approximately an hour to see its 18th-century fortified church and browse on your own. Across from the church is the main square that houses the post office, town hall, shops and cafés.
Continue on to La Mola, the highest point of the island and the farthest point from La Savina. At nearly 160 feet (200m) above sea level, there is a beautiful view looking out over the rest of the island. Stop to take in the scenery and enjoy a cool drink at a local hotel.
From La Mola, drive finally to Es Pujols, the main tourist centre where the majority of Formentera’s hotels, restaurants and bars are located. Some free time allows you to explore the town and do some shopping before it’s time to return to the pier in La Savina.
Tour may involve some walking over uneven pathways.
One of the most popular ways for visitors to explore Formentera is by bicycle on this tour. The topography is mostly flat, and many of the roads have bike lanes to accommodate the two-wheelers traversing the small island. Arriving ashore by tender at the port town of La Savina, your bicycles and knowledgeable guide are waiting to lead you around some of the island's highlights.
Once mounted on your cycle, head out past the salt flats to the town of San Francisco Javier, the island's capital. Enjoy some time in the church square where local craftsmen show their wares. The route continues to the village of San Fernando, which still maintains a laid back feeling that is reminiscent of the days when hippies gathered here to enjoy the simple life.
Continue next to Es Pujols, the island's intimate tourist resort. Enjoy a stop here to sip a cool drink and browse the local shops. After your rest stop, mount your bike for the return to the pier.
This tour is recommended for those guests who are physically fit. We suggest bringing a bag or satchel to hold your belongings and wearing sun protection.
The 32 square-mile (82sq-km) island of Formentera is a haven for those looking for peace and tranquillity. Its bigger sister island of Ibiza, however, is well known for its happening nightlife. Despite its renowned club scene, Ibiza has also been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site due to its many natural and cultural attractions.
Upon coming ashore by ship’s tender to Formentera’s port town of La Savina, begin the journey to Ibiza by boarding one of the local ferries for the approximate 30-minute ride to Ibiza. On arrival, transfer from the ferry landing to explore the Old Town of Ibiza known as Dalt Vila. Visit the small archaeological museum next to the cathedral and the 16th-century walls that make up the fortified acropolis, which overlooks the town and offers an excellent picture of the island’s history ranging from the early Phoenician settlements through the Arab, Catalan and Renaissance periods.
Leaving Ibiza’s old town, depart to the northeast passing the village of Jesus, the Roca Llisa Golf Club, and the marvellous beach of Cala Longa, en route to Altzaró. Nested in its own orange grove stands Atzaró, a century-old family finca, now offering a wonderful blend of Ibizencan, Arabic, Asiatic and African touches. Dining takes place al fresco on open terraces or under the shelter of a wonderful colonial style pavilion or rustic pergolas. The décor and ambience is further complimented by artwork, summer art exhibitions and soothing music. The menu uses the finest and freshest ingredients and produce, a combination of vibrant cuisine, and cutting edge flavours accompanied by wine or mineral water. Following lunch, spend some time exploring the resort before beginning the return journey to the ship.
This tour involves considerable walking, steps and inclines in the old town. The ferry between Formentera and Ibiza is a public service.