- Formentera All inclusive holidays
Welcome to one of the Mediterranean’s best kept secrets. Formentera is the smallest of Spain’s beautiful Balearic Islands, and manages to pack wonderful scenery, great family entertainment and pristine beaches into just 32 square miles. Sunny, friendly, and welcoming, all inclusive holidays to Formentera are memorable for all the right reasons.
It might be much smaller than its neighbour of Ibiza, but during the summer this pretty little destination becomes a magnet for tourists. Its biggest assets are its beaches: crystal clear waters provide the perfect place for snorkelling and diving.
Back on land, there are a few places to explore, such as the 14th-century church of Sa Tanca Vell, which is a compact little building constructed in 1362. For hundreds of years, it was the island’s only place of worship, and still holds a special place in the hearts of the islanders today.
The Romans knew about Formentera, and built a large fort here. The Castellum Roma dates back to the 3rd century, but all that effort seems to have been for nothing, as it is believed that the fort was never actually used! At best, it may have been used as a lookout point, but the distinct lack of artefacts suggests it supported a skeleton garrison at most.
Heading back even further in time is the stone circle of Ca Na Costa, which dates back to the Bronze Age and is the most important megalithic burial ground in the Balearics.
The highest point on the island is El Pilar de la Mola, which is also home to some well preserved Roman ruins. It’s a long climb up, but the panoramic views of the island are well worth the effort. Don’t forget to take your camera for some seriously spectacular sunset shots.
Formentera is dotted with defence towers, and holidays to the island often include a tour of at least some of these prominent buildings. Torre de la Gavina may be the hardest to get to, but it certainly offers some of the best views, especially out to Es Vedra. If you fancy a leisurely cycle ride then hop on your bicycle and peddle up to Torre de Punta Prima, a few miles from Es Pujols. The clifftop views are well worth the effort.
Cycling is very popular, and the island is criss-crossed with a network of paths that will take you to beautiful locations like the Ses Salines Formentera Natural Park. This protected area covers a wide swathe of the island, from the Es Trucadors peninsula to the wetlands around Estany Pudent and the old salt pans around Estany des Peix. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise, so if you love wildlife then bring your binoculars with you.
While most package holidays to Formentera will focus on the beaches, there are some inland aquatic attractions to enjoy too. Estany Pudent and Estany des Peix are large lagoons. The names translate into Fish Lagoon, and the slightly less attractive ‘Stinking Lagoon’! However, the names certainly don’t do the lagoons justice, and they are neither fishy nor stinky.
Right in the centre of the main town is one of three beautifully restored ancient mills you will find across the island. The Romans established milling centres on the island to feed the army, and you can still see the remains of these important sites today.
If you want all-night partying and clubbing then it might be an idea to hop on a ferry over to neighbouring Ibiza. Formentera is much more laid back and relaxed. There are plenty of beach bars all across the island, and some have live music nights where you can hear traditional Spanish folk music, rather than thumping dance tunes.
Throughout the summer, a succession of festivals bring a real buzz to the island. Starting in May, when the island celebrates its patron saint, subsequent festivals celebrate the Midsummer Solstice with fireworks and a bonfire. A flotilla of boats mark the feast of the Virgin del Carmen in July, and the feast day of Sant Francesc takes place in December. Throw in a good selection of Spanish national holidays, and you will quickly discover that this island really knows how to party in its own way!
Why choose an all-inclusive holiday to Formentera
There isn’t much in the way of theme parks or water parks in Formentera, but it’s easy to hop on a ferry and head over to one of the other islands. For families looking for a bit of quality time together, however, all inclusive holidays in Formentera are the perfect chance to spend lazy days on the beach. You can always head inland on family cycle rides. Water babies will adore the crystal clear ocean that’s perfect for snorkelling. Children are adored in Formentera, so expect them to be spoilt rotten in restaurants and in hotels. Like cheap all-inclusive holidays to Formentera? Check out our other amazing deals for Formentera holidays!