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4 routes to enjoy Formentera (those who can go) on foot


It is not necessary to plan much to fully enjoy Formentera. As soon as you set foot on the island, you realize that you are in a privileged place: heavenly beaches with white sand and turquoise waters, hidden coves and corners, historical remains (defense towers, mills and lighthouses), nature overflowing and … . tranquillity. And, best of all, it is not necessary to use the car to take advantage of many of the charms that the little one of the Pitiusas offers if you decide to go for the day. From the port of La Savina it is easy to access places as famous and recognized as Illetas beach (about 4 km), either by bike, motorbike (there are several places to rent) or even on foot.

For the more restless who are looking for something more than a day at the beach bar and beach (and who are lucky enough to be able to go these days without skipping restrictions or perimeter closures), we propose four easy routes (to do also with the family) to discover some of the the most charming corners of the island.

Ses Salines Natural Park.

From La Savina to Es Trucadors (about 4 km).

It is a beautiful route that leaves from the port of La Savina (to the north of the island), where the ferries from Ibiza arrive, and ends in Es Trucadors, the small peninsula (an isthmus) where some of the beaches are located. most beautiful of Formentera. In front of the marina are the Salinas, a protected natural area and an example of the richness of Mediterranean biodiversity. The road passes by in Squia, a channel that connects the Estany Pudent marine lagoon and the Salinas with the Mediterranean Sea, and continues towards the north in the middle of a landscape of pine forests, coastal juniper groves (typical of the island), dune vegetation and the turquoise waters of the sea (a the left).

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Beach in Es Trucadors.
Beach in Es Trucadors.

The route ends in Callers, a narrow and low strip of land, formed by a set of dunes, where the east and west face of the island meet. In addition to the d’en Marroig salt ponds (to the east), there are the beaches (west) of es Cavall d’En Borrs, ses Xalanes or, further on, the Illetas dry docks. On foot it takes about 50 minutes; by bike, 15.

From La Savina to Es Pujols (6 km).

This itinerary surrounds the large salt lagoon of Estany Pudent, the lake in the north of the island, highly recommended for walking or cycling, both for its scenic value and for its importance for the sighting of numerous birds. From La Savina you have to take the Cam des Brolls, which borders a large part of the lake, allowing you to see up close the great variety of species, such as flamingos, gray herons or swimming. The path coincides with a Ruta Birding, recently released ornithological itinerary with eight panels that inform about the natural value of the area and an observation screen.

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Ruta Birding.
Ruta Birding.

After going around the lagoon on the southern part, you come to Es Pujols, a tiny but lively urban center with many shops, markets and restaurants on the beach. Any of its sandy beaches with crystalline turquoise waters is recommended to make a stop on the excursion and take a dip before returning to the port. Getting there on foot takes just over an hour; by bike, about 25 minutes.

Es Pujols beach.
Es Pujols beach.

From Es Cal to La Mola Lighthouse (6.5 km)

12 km separate the port of La Savina from the tiny fishing village of Es Cal, with some wonderful coves and from where a spectacular route begins (on foot) that goes up to the plateau of La Mola (to get there, it is best to take a taxi or rent motorcycles). It runs through the Cam de sa Pujada, a path that formerly (14th century) was used to climb the plateau of La Mola, the highest area of ​​the island that provides the best panoramic views of Formentera, when there is no current road that leads to the town of Pilar de la Mola and the lighthouse.

The first stop on the way, ascending between pine forests for the most part, should be the looker, to take the best snapshots; the second, the DEVILS Terramoll, a small vineyard that produces organic wines and whose plantations are bathed by constant saline winds. About 20 minutes later, already on flat terrain, you reach the third stop, The Pilar de la Mola, a charming little town of white houses with a craft market and an 18th century church. On the outskirts the lonely Mol Vell, one of the oldest mills on the island (1778) and better preserved. Can visit.

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Viedos de Bodega Terramoll.

From there to the end of the tour, The Lighthouse of La Mola2.6 km of low difficulty remain. One of the most impressive places in all of Formentera is then reached, since it is located on the edge of a cliff 120 meters above sea level. It is very popular to enjoy both sunrise and sunset. The entire route (without stops) takes approximately an hour and a half.

Head of Barbary.

The Cape of Barbaria is the southernmost point of the Balearic Islands and one of the most visited and attractive places in Formentera. It is 12 km from La Savina, so to get to it you need to rent bikes, motorcycles or take a taxi. Once there, it is recommended to walk through the area, with an almost desert landscape that contrasts with the blue of the sea, and to explore the surroundings of the Barbaria lighthouse, the most emblematic and photographed on the island, and the defense tower des Garroveret, built, in addition to others, in the 18th century to be able to monitor possible pirate incursions from North Africa that constantly looted the Mediterranean coasts.

Hole Cave.
Hole Cave.

Next to the lighthouse, on the right, there is a hole in the ground that gives access to the Cova Foradada, a cave that ends in a kind of balcony on the cliff with incredible views. Both the lighthouse and the cave are famous for being one of the spots on the island with the most spectacular sunsets.

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