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At 32 square miles (83 sq km), Formentera is the smallest of the main Balearic islands. Accessible only by ferry, it can be reached from Ibiza, a few miles to the north, in 30 minutes. Relatively quiet and fringed with spectacular white-sand beaches, Formentera offers a laid-back escape, though it's a popular daytrip destination. Its mostly flat terrain makes it easy to get around by bicycle, with 20 designated cycle and hiking trails, called Circuits Verds (Green Tours), leading to scenic beauty spots.

The long, largely unspoiled beaches are the main attraction, with nude sunbathing popular most everywhere except the largest ...

At 32 square miles (83 sq km), Formentera is the smallest of the main Balearic islands. Accessible only by ferry, it can be reached from Ibiza, a few miles to the north, in 30 minutes. Relatively quiet and fringed with spectacular white-sand beaches, Formentera offers a laid-back escape, though it's a popular daytrip destination. Its mostly flat terrain makes it easy to get around by bicycle, with 20 designated cycle and hiking trails, called Circuits Verds (Green Tours), leading to scenic beauty spots.

The long, largely unspoiled beaches are the main attraction, with nude sunbathing popular most everywhere except the largest resort, Es Pujols. At the island's eastern end, the Far de la Mola lighthouse perches atop dramatic sea cliffs. The Cap de Barbaria lighthouse and five defense towers offer more sweeping views across scrublands of wild rosemary, farmlands, dunes, salt pans and sleepy villages. From the slender, sandy Es Trucadors peninsula you can wade across to Espalmador, an uninhabited island surrounded by clear turquoise water. Ses Salines Natural Park is home to flamingos, herons and more than 200 bird species, though the native green lizards are the island's most ubiquitous wildlife.

Donna Dailey
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Donna Dailey is the author of Thomas Cook’s Ireland driving guide, coauthor of DK’s Back Roads Ireland and several other titles, as well as the author of Thomas Cook’s HotSpots Costa Blanca and a contributor to AA Publishing’s Key Guide Spain.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Smallest and southernmost island of the Illes Pitiüses group (which includes Ibiza and Formentera) and belongs to the Balearic Islands autonomous community.
  • Language: Spanish, Catalan
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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