Beaches on Formentera
All the beaches in Formentera, from the best known to the secret corners. You will love them all.
Located in the northern part of the island, Ses Illetes is undoubtedly the best known and most famous beach in Formentera. Its crystalline waters, narrow peninsula of white sand, its west orientation and its coastline dotted with islets, have made Illetes the beach where everyone wants to be, at least, one day.
✅ The best-known beaches and the most hidden ones.
✅ Pay attention to wind direction before choosing a beach to go.
✅ All the info and tips you need to know.
Formentera beaches: Open all year long
Although the summer season in Formentera usually begins with the arrival of Easter and lasts until the end of October, the truth is that its beaches are “open” all year round and the sea does not excessively lower its temperature at any time of the year.
Many of the people who visit us in summer, when you tell them that we live here all year, the most frequent question is “What do you do in winter?” If you like to have a quite live, there are many things to do in the Formentera winter and one of those is to enjoy the sunny days at the beach.
Formentera beaches: Choose according to wind direction
One of the peculiarities that Formentera has is that, since the distances are so short, changing from one beach to another is not a big thing and in a few minutes, you can be on the other side of the island.
That, of course, assuming that you drive a car or a scooter.
The wind direction can condition your day at the beach. If the wind comes from the sea, you will have waves and if the wind comes from inland, you will have a flat sea. You can decide what kind of day at a Formentera beach you are looking for.
Many of those who arrive for the first time to Formentera already have a previous image in their minds because of the photos they have seen on Instagram with the perfect picture of amazing blue colors and flat sea.
So, keep in mind that if you come for a few days, sometimes those same photos can not be taken, just because of the wind direction. The same beach doesn’t look the same if you visit it with a flat or a rough sea.
Before leaving your accommodation on Formentera, pay attention to the wind direction.
- When east wind
Best beaches on Formentera to find a flat sea: Ses Illetes, Cavall den Borras, Cala Saona and those at Migjorn area.
- When west wind
Best Formentera beaches to find a flat sea: Levante, Ses Platgetes, Es Pujols and Sa Roqueta.
- When north wind
The flat sea will be found at Migjorn, Cala En Baster and all the Migjorn area.
- When south wind
You´ll find a flat sea at Ses Platgetes, Es Pujols, Sa Roqueta, Cala Saona, Ses Illetes, and Levante.
If you´re not sure what direction the wind is coming from, just ask a local. We´re used to knowing where the wind is blowing from.
Formentera Beaches: Protecting the dune system
While in Formentera you will find elevated wooden paths that protect the dune system of many beaches on the island. Simple recommendation (request). Whenever there are, access the beach through these wooden walkways because they are there to protect the dune system and all the flora and fauna they host.
Don´t walk on the dune system, please.
Formentera Beaches: Emergency services
The lifeguard service is not found on all the Formentera beaches nor is it year-round.
Lifeguards do a fantastic job every summer and they help many bathers to get out of dangerous situations at sea that, however beautiful and placid it may seem, sometimes shows its rawer side.
Formentera has 6 lifeguard towers on the main beaches of the island. A very professional team of people that we hope you never need during your holiday on the island.
In the description of each of the beaches in Formentera on our website, we will tell you if the beach has a lifeguard service or not.
And if you see someone in trouble at the beach, you can always call 112 the emergency phone number in Spain.
Nude beaches on Formentera
No beach is listed as a nude beach in Formentera but, indeed, it has always been a common practice on the island since the early 70s tourists.
If you are one of those who like sunbathing and get a full tan, the beaches to avoid are the most visited like Ses Illetes, Es Pujols or Es Arenals. You will feel more comfortable being naked in the many corners that Migjorn offers or at Ses Canyes too.