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Formentera: the island of Espalmador

Formentera. Espalmador is a small island right next to Formentera, which can only be reached by boat.

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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 is only one house on this island and it is visited in the main by luxury yacht 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 from trying to swim to it. It, therefore, remains exclusively for those who can reach it by boat. 

If you're staying on Ibiza, the following boat trip gives you a chance to see this untouched island even if you don't own or rent a boat. The Formentera Experience excursion leaves from Playa d'en Bossa and anchors at Espalmador, offering a swim stop and paella lunch, before continuing to Formentera's port La Savina.

Right in the middle of this tranquil island are natural mud flats that are easy to find. Head along the far north end of Playa 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. This area is an absolute haven for birds and is specially protected by strict environmental laws. It's a dream for ornithologists, but please take note, mud-bathing is not permitted.

This really is a wonderful place to swim, sunbathe and discover some of the beautiful Balearic flora and fauna in a completely unspoilt environment. Don't forget to take sun cream, food and drink as there is nothing here but the pure, unadulterated beauty of nature. Please respect this paradise and don't leave anything behind.

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