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Formentera: the island of Espalmador

Espalmador is the stuff of dreams; a little uninhabited island just a few meters offshore at the most northern point of Formentera with pure white beaches and fabulously clear waters

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Espalmador is the stuff of dreams; a little uninhabited island just a few meters offshore at the most northern point of Formentera with pure white beaches and fabulously clear waters. There are no buildings on this island and it is visited in the main by luxury yachts' owners on a day trip from Ibiza.

You can see this paradise from Playa de Illetes but although it looks close enough to touch, the strong currents operating here prevent you trying to swim to it. It therefore remains exclusively for those who can reach it by boat and with the little ferry from the port of La Savina it's possible to do it without having a posh yacht!

The ferries go between 10.15 – 11.45 and 13.15 h to Espalmador with a stop in Illetes. Return is at 16.15 – 17.30 h and 18.45 h. however do check the timings out as they are subject to change.

Mud Baths

One of the delights on Es Palmador, and lots of fun, is mud bathing. Right in the middle of this tranquil island is a natural mud bath that’s easy to find. Head along the far north end of Platja de s’Alga (s’Alga beach) and follow the narrow pathway through the scrubland that backs the beach. Finally you will emerge at a wide salt plain that has liquid mud at its centre.
Although it has no therapeutic benefits, on a hot sunny day there’s nothing nicer than rolling about or wallowing in cooling mud! Let it dry as you walk back to the beach then dive into the clear sea to get clean. A great experience and the kids will love it!