Villages

For such a small island, Formentera offers a wide variety of places to enjoy.
Many villages are now fully or partially pedestrianised which has created a tranquil and harmonious atmosphere, especially welcoming for families.
Traditional church squares, open air cafe bars and classic Mediterranean architecture provide a wonderful backdrop to village life.

Es Caló

Es Caló is a small fishing village nestling at the foot of La Mola around a small harbour dating from Roman times and ringed by rustic boat sheds. 

There are a few small shops and restaurants and a lovely harbour-side cafe and restaurant from where the incredible colours of the sea by day and spectacular sunsets can be enjoyed.

Bicycle, scooter and car hire, currency exchange facilities, cash machine and several village shops are available in Es Caló. 

Nearby pinewoods, the lovely beach of Es Caló and a tranquil, homely atmosphere, make Es Caló a most delightful place to stay.

Accommodation in Es Caló

Es Pujols

The most lively village on Formentera, is set on a wide heart shaped bay protected by a string of small islands, which ensure calm waters lap the long sweep of beach.

A wide range of cuisine can be enjoyed in the many restaurants of the village and the bars and cafes along the sea front offer a good vantage point from which to watch local craftsmen selling their wares at the evening market.

Es Pujols has more nightlife than other villages, and is often the focal point for those who want to stay up a little later!

Accommodation in or close to Es Pujols

The Migjorn area

The Migjorn coastline is made up of a succession of coves and beaches, each with its own distinctive character and appeal, separated by rocky outcrops.

To walk along this beach is a delight, with so much to see, such a variety of bays and dunes to explore and with breathtaking views out to sea and over the headlands of Es Cap and La Mola.

The beaches have names relating to the geography of this part of island or taken from the chiringuitos (beach bars) and restaurants which can be found all along the coast from Torrent de s’Alga, via es Codol Foradat to es Arenals and Caló des Mort.

Accommodation on or close to Migjorn beach

La Savina

La Savina, the port of Formentera, is an area of great historical importance to the Mediterranean and it still possesses the very unique character of a local fishing port as well as an attractive and modern marina.

Nestling around the marina there are traditional cafés, bars, restaurants, and market stalls selling hand crafted artefacts from all over the world as well as other services such as boat, bicycle and car hire offices, local taxis and small shops.

The Astbury Formentera office is situated on the harbour-front overlooking the marina and ferry quays.

The beaches of Illetes and Llevant are easily reached from La Savina along the disused railway line which was used to bring the salt from the Salinas to the harbour for export. This is now a cycle and foot path which takes you along the coast to the beach which then extends to the tip of the peninsula reaching towards the island of Espalmador.

San Francisco

Approximately 3 km from the port, and is know as the capital of the island. The Town Hall is located in its main square, and directly opposite the Town Hall stands the church which, in the 18th century was used as a fortress against pirate raids from the nearby Barbary Coast, eventually becoming a refuge and shelter for the parishioners. Many of the islands festivals and important events are celebrated in the main square. San Francisco is at its busiest during the day as there is an abundance of shops, bars and hippie stalls.

Accommodation in San Francisco

San Fernando

If you follow the road that heads out from the harbour and then passes through San Francisco, the next village along is San Fernando. This village offers a wide variety of bars and restaurants including the legendary Fonda Pepe bar. San Fernando is the host of several musical events throughout the summer season.

El Pilar La Mola

This village, is located at the highest geographical point of the island, and is approximately 15 km from San Fernando. It is one of the quieter villages, and so has fewer shops and restaurants.

Its main attraction is the hippie market that takes place twice a week. Another of its attractions is the lighthouse situated on the edge of the cliff, it is a fantastic lookout that offers some spectacular views.

The Cap de Barbaria area

The Cap de Barbaria describes a rustic and rugged countryside area, fantastic for walking, cycling and exploring. The lighthouse is a focal point and the cliff tops, provide an excellent vantage point to look towards Morrocco and the North African peninsula. Explore the ancient cave beneath the lighthouse, by dropping through a small hole in ground which gives way to panoramic views of an uninterrupted Mediterranean seascape.

Visit the watchtower close by which stands guard as a disused protective early warning system against 18th century pirate invaders.

We have a number of luxury villas and rustic houses in this protected and unspoiled area of outstanding natural beauty.

Accommodation on the Cap de Barbaria