Often described as Ibiza’s little sister, Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands.
But don’t be fooled by its diminutive size – there are still plenty of stunning beaches found across this hidden gem.
Though a day trip here from Ibiza remains a popular tourist activity, the beaches on Formentera will generally always be far quieter than those found on the neighbouring islands.
If you’re looking for a serene, laid-back beach retreat, then look no further.
Here are the three most heavenly beaches you have to discover for yourself on your next Balearic escape.
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Undoubtedly the most popular item in Formentera’s catalogue of beaches, Ses Illetes lies on the narrow northern tip of the island known as the Es Trucadors peninsula.
This spot has become one of the most acclaimed beaches across the entire continent, with TripAdvisor users voting it one of the top 25 beaches in Europe in the 2021 Traveller’s Choice Awards.
There is plenty to enjoy at Ses Illetes, but the real glamour of this beach lies in its crystal clear waters.
The picture-perfect turquoise sea is shallow and calm, making it perfect for a midday dip or brisk morning swim.
Despite being one of the island’s most well known attractions, you will always find a place to lay your towel, as the beach is broad enough to prevent any overcrowding.
If you’re looking for something a little more high-octane than lounging on the soft sands, take to the sea and try one of the many water sports that’s on offer here, from kitesurfing to stand-up paddle boarding.
When exploring the southwestern coast of Formentera, your options are limited when it comes to sandy stretches to enjoy.
Such is the geological makeup of this region, the landscape is dominated by cliffs and rocky terrain, but Cala Saona stands out as a hidden gem and is one of the island’s most popular beaches.
Dissimilar to the majority of beaches across the island that are typically very exposed, Cala Saona sits in a small cove framed by red-rock cliffs, which come to life at dusk under the glow of the setting sun.
It’s a family-friendly beach with alluring shallow waters and soft white sand perfect for the little ones to play on.
Stick around until the evening to enjoy the pièce de résistance of this beautiful sandy stretch. From Cala Saona, you will be treated to one of the best views of the sun setting over the island – the perfect end to any beach day.
Caló des Mort
Caló des Mort is one of the island’s more remote beaches, and is found on the south-eastern coast.
There is a short walk from the closest car park to access the beach, but on the way you will be treated to some spectacular views of the red rocks set against the vivid blue waters.
The main access point to the beach is relatively steep and can be difficult to negotiate, so bear this in mind if you’re travelling with young children or those with restricted mobility.
However, once you’re there, the enchanting natural beauty of this hidden gem will provide you with endless photo opportunities, before you kick back and soak up the warmth of the Balearic sun.
One of the main attractions to Caló des Mort is the opportunity for snorkelling in the surrounding waters.
With very clear visibility and lots of sea life to discover, this is the perfect spot for the more adventurous traveller.
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