|Formentera is the
smaller and more southerly island of the Pitiusic Islands group (comprising
Ibiza and Formentera, as well as various small islets), which belongs to
the Balearic Islands autonomous community of Spain.
The island's name is thought
to have derived from the Latin word "frumentarium", meaning "granary".
Formentera is 19 kilometres
(12 miles) long and is situated about 6 kilometres (4 miles) south of Ibiza
in the Mediterranean Sea. Its major villages are Sant Francesc Xavier,
Sant Ferran de ses Roques, El Pilar de la Mola and La Savina.
Formentera - Photo courtesy V.Riullop
A local Ibizan (eivissenc)
variant of the Balearic dialect of the Catalan language is spoken in Formentera.
While the official languages are Catalan and Spanish, other major languages
like English, Italian, German, French and Dutch can also be heard extensively
in the summer due to mass tourism.
Easpalmador - Photo courtesy Coniferous
|To the north of the island
is another island, Espalmador, which is part of the same municipality as
Formentera. The island is separated from Formentera by a shallow
sandbar and at low tide, it is possible for one to wade between the two
islands. This area is a popular stopping point for those
in yachts heading between Ibiza and Formentera.
The island is particularly
popular for its endless sandy beaches and for the fact that, while the
roads are paved and car hire available, as the island is mainly, flat cycling
is a great way to get around.
for Formentera Island Hotels
MIGJORN HOTELS - FORMENTERA, BALEARIC ISLANDS, SPAIN
- This is the longest beach on Formentera, measuring nearly
5 km and occupying all the south coast of the island. Surrounded by a beach
with abundant vegetation such as pines and scrub.
Club Formentera Playa, Playa Migjorn, Formentera
Insotel Club Formentera Playa is a self-contained holiday complex situated
on Formentera's Pretty Migjorn beach, on the south side of the island.
Guests can enjoy a swim in the indoor pool, or simply relax on a sunbed
by the outdoor swimming pool with a drink from the pool bar. Kids will
enjoy the children's pool and there are supervised children's activities;
parents will appreciate the babysitting service. At the main restaurant
guests can enjoy buffet style dining, while the grill restaurant provides
an à la carte menu in an informal beach side taverna. Studio
units open to balconies or terraces and provide direct-dial phones, satellite
television with music channels, safes, kitchenettes and bathrooms with
Club Maryland, Formentera
by dense pinewood, the Insotel Club Maryland's complex of Mediterranean
style bungalows is arranged directly on Formentera's Migjorn Beach.
An oasis of four swimming pools occupies the whole family, while the poolside
bar offers a shady retreat to relax with a drink, with hotel supervisors
on hand for babysitting and organising the daily children's activities.The
hotel also houses a well-stocked supermarket, medical services, and a 24
hour front desk manned by multilingual staff. All 325 apartments feature
modern, Mediterranean-style décor, furnished balconies, refrigerators,
microwaves, and lounge areas with cable television and telephones.
for Formentera Island Hotels - Formentera
La Mola, Playa Migjorn, Formentera
staying at RIU La Mola on Playa Migjorn in Formentera Island, you will
be close to the beach and La Mola Lighthouse. The hotel is also close
to Es Pujols Beach and Cap Barbaria Lighthouse. The hotel offers
an outdoor pool, health club and a steam room. Guests also have access
to complimentary wireless Internet, babysitting/childcare (surcharge),
and gift shops/newsstands. For dining, there are two restaurants available
and guests can enjoy a refreshing drink in the bar/lounge, poolside bar,
or swim-up bar. This modern hotel has 324 air-conditioned rooms featuring
minibars and flat-screen televisions, and all with private balconies.