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Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain
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Formentera is an island located about 4 miles (6 km) south of Ibiza (travel route by boat is 11 miles) in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a part of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of Spain (other large islands of the archipelago are Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza). Another known island in the group is Cabrera (considered as a minor island, the location of the Parc Nacional de l'Arxipèlag de Cabrera). Because of the relative proximity of the islands in the Balearic archipelago they are subdivided into two groups: the Gymnesian (Gimnesias) Islands in the north-east (Majorca, Menorca, and Cabrera) and the Pine (Pitiusas) Islands, south-west (Ibiza and Formentera). All islands are very popular tourist destinations.
What Makes It Special
Once with the reputation of "forgotten Balearic", Formentera is becoming more known to mass tourism especially n the peak season of July-August with crowds of visitors. Still, it is much more quieter than Ibiza, its neighbor. Formentera's excellent climate with moderate temperatures during almost all the year and its quiet and relaxed atmosphere make Formentera a true paradise. Add to this rather rich vegetation of pines and palms, great beaches and lonely bays, pretty villages with whitewashed houses and churches, and you will understand why anybody who has spent holidays on the island didn't wish to return.
Directions To Destination
There is no airport on Formentera, but it is easy to reach the island. Most travelers use the nearest airport located on neighboring Ibiza and serving the Balearic islands of Ibiza and Formentera - Ibiza International Airport (IATA: IBZ). It is located 4.3 miles (7 km) southwest of Ibiza Town (Eivissa in Catalan) and operates year-round scheduled domestic flights to Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.
Best Time To Go
The best time to go is July - August; though, expect large numbers of tourists during this period. The climate of Balearic Islands is a temperate, Mediterranean. Formentera enjoys the warmest and least rainy weather. Because of the cooling affect of the Mediterranean sea the maximum temperatures are very pleasant 82-84 ºF (28 -29 ºC ) in July - August. The climate during the winter is generally mild with occasional showers. The lowest temperature in January is about 52 ºF (11 ºC). Tramontana, a prevailing northerly cold wind, shows its force in winter months and in March and is not a problem during tourist season.
Where To Stay
If you want to stay on Formentera for more than one day, we recommend to select your logging in the resort village of Es Pujols
Swimming, sunbathing (including nude sunbathing), windsurfing, fishing, canoeing, biking (it's easy to rent a bike on the island), hiking, bird watching, painting and photography. The sea surrounding the island is very clear; snorkel and enjoy the beauty of the under water landscapes and life. Since snorkeling is a very popular activity, you will be able easily to find all equipment on the spot.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
- During the high season buses connect all parts of the island with the port. They depart with the intervals approximately of 30 minutes. The cost is about euro&;2 and does not depend on the duration of your trip.
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Web Sites: Official tourism website for Formentera