A guide to the best beaches in Formentera

Although it’s the smallest of the Balearic Islands, Formentera holds its own when it comes to beaches. Holidays to the Balearic Islands have long been synonymous with sun and sea breaks. With long stretches of pine tree-backed sands, water sports galore and leisurely boat trips on offer, there’s plenty to appeal to those in search of lazy beach days and low-key water-based fun.

Ibiza’s little sister island offers everything from family-friendly sweeps of sand to quiet coves. As the island is so small, it’s easy to explore on four wheels, so hire a car and find a beach that’s your perfect fit.

Stroll along Ses Illetes

Ses Illetes offers a mix of lively and peaceful spots. Situated on the Trucador Peninsula, it forms part of a system of sand dunes and boasts picture perfect blue water. The beach is popular but because of its length, those willing to stroll for long enough can find a quiet spot to escape the crowds. There are sun loungers to rent in the summer season with water sports available such as paddle boards, kayaks and pedaloes. Those in search of refreshment will find restaurants and a beach club close to hand.

Try surfing on Llevant Beach

Of all the Formentera beaches on Spain’s small island gem, Llevant is the best for surfing. It’s situated just across the dunes from Ses Illetes and on this side of the peninsula, the wind and waves make it ideal for this exciting water sport. It forms part of Ses Salines Natural Park so there is a fee to access it but it’s worth it. A curved stretch of pale sand and shallow water provide the perfect venue for bathing and relaxation. The clarity of the sands and waters here make Formentera beaches among Spain’s finest.

Explore the sea on Es Calò Beach

The north coast provides some of the best beaches on Formentera with Es Calò offering excellent conditions for underwater exploration. The crystal-clear waters of the Med offer excellent visibility with an abundance of fish. It’s a great place to try your hand at diving and snorkelling. Es Calo is made up of a series of rocky bays and a natural harbour with fisherman’s huts and two sandy beaches. This is also a perfect place to wine and dine with fresh seafood and Spanish rice on the menu at local restaurants. For snacks and drinks, there are two supermarkets nearby.

Relax on Ses Platgetes Beach

When it comes to relaxation, this Formentera beach is an ideal spot. Close to the pretty village of Es Caló de Sant Agustí, this series of sand beaches is dotted with rocky areas, and offers a perfect escape. Soft sands, snorkelling and catching up on your holiday reading will suit the chilled ambience of this pretty spot. Those travelling here by car are advised to park in Es Calo village and walk from there.

Enjoy seaside restaurants on Migjorn Beach

Playa Migjorn is the longest beach on the island, and is located on the southern coast. A favourite with locals and visitors alike, it’s one of the best beaches on Formentera. You can hire a lounger and parasol, and enjoy the shallow bathing. There are plenty of seaside restaurants and bars offering a good selection of light bites and seafood, so you won’t have to wander far from the comfort of your lounger. It has less boat traffic than other Formentera beaches. Ibiza boat trips run to and from the island to many of the other bays.^Whether you’re after long sweeping bays or secluded coves, Formentera won’t fail to impress. The clarity of the water around the island offers great places to snorkel and dive whether you’re a beginner or a pro. With a good choice of seafood restaurants, and an inviting mix of attractions, a holiday to Formentera is one to beat.