If there is one ideal place for nautical tourism, that place is Formentera. Several factors make the island a navigational centre. First of all, the variety of its 69 kilometres of coastline, enabling one to discover and enjoy very different kinds of scenery in a short space of time. The island’s nautical facilities are in the port of La Savina, where the ferries and speedboats from Ibiza arrive. It is a good place to put in at, sheltered and with plenty of services.
The existence of rich sea beds explains the fact that diving is really the “star sport” of Formentera. The transparency of its waters and its biological wealth mean that immersions regale one with unforgettable moments.
Today, La Savina is a modern port, with hotels, restaurants, shops and an active rent-a-car and bicycle hire sector. In spite of the innovations, it has preserved all its character. From the port one can see the horizon of Ibiza and the mass of the islet of Es Vedrŕ in the background.
Another destination for many sailors is the islet of S’Espalmador, located to the north of the island. It has a good refuge in the bay of s’Alga, strips of sand and scenery that has not changed in centuries. The waters in this stretch between Ses Illetes and S’Espalmador acquire chromatic varieties and a luminosity it would be difficult to find in other parts of the Mediterranean.
To the east of Formentera lies the projection of Punta Prima, right beside the tourist resort of Es Pujols. And from here one can travel along the north coast of the island, which has little cliffs and rocky areas, without the sandy beaches of the south. This coast has its own peculiar charm, above all in the fishing port of Es Caló de Sant Agustí. The origin of this tiny, oval-shaped wharf surrounded by numerous boathouses lies in the existence of a monastery at La Mola during the Middle Ages. It is one of the most picturesqu images of the island. The traditional boats or “llaüts” leave from here to fish beyond La Mola, and when they return they are pulled up the ramps to protect them from the sun.
After Es Caló de Sant Agustí the cliffs of La Mola begin, right in the corner known as Es Racó de sa Pujada. An inlet surrounded by cliffs, with turquoise waters and some sea caves. It looks like a scene from The Odyssey.
Travelling around La Mola by sea is a unique experience. The cliffs rise up, solid and impressive, like an enormous castle. At their highest point they stand nearly 200 metres tall. On the walls one can see hundreds of hollows, caves and near-vertical rock faces. It is a wild area, with no shelter, and only small coves like Sa Cala or Cala Codolar.
Like La Mola, “es Cap” – as it is known on the island – is an authentic spectacle from the sea. For the majesty of its cliffs and the abundance of marine birds that inhabit it. It is the southernmost tip of the island, and after passing it one enters a rocky zone, that eventually leads to Punta de la Galera and Punta de sa Pedrera. The area of sea that begins here and reaches the islet of s’Espardell, located east, forms part of the Ses Salines d’Eivissa i Formentera nature reserve, and has been declared world heritage for the wealth of its posidonia meadows.
Contemplating Formentera from the sea is like going back in time. Everything is nearby, there is always shelter. And seeing the silhouette of its cliffs from close quarters, as though you could touch them, is an experience it is difficult to forget.