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Formentera - getting there and around

Access to Formentera is by sea only to its only entry and exit point, the port of La Savina. Ferries travel there from Ibiza and several ports from mainland Spain. Once there it is easy to get around via bike, bus, scooter or car, with electric versions available for most of these options, helping to keep the island pristine.

Many people fly to Ibiza first - taxis and a bus go direct to Ibiza Town's port - then take a ferry across. If you find that your travel arrangements require an overnight stay in Ibiza then don't forget to browse our range of Ibiza hotels.

TRAVELLING TO FORMENTERA

Ferries from Ibiza

The most economical and speedy way of getting to Formentera from Ibiza is with eco-friendly Aquabus. This low-cost ferry service takes you to La Savina from Ibiza Town all year round, with Playa d'en Bossa and Figueretas added for the summer months (May to September). Inside and sun-deck seating options are available and luggage, bikes and pets go for free.

People staying on Ibiza's east coast can take the Santa Eulalia Ferry with daily Formentera services going from the resort's port as well as Cala Pada, Es Caná, Es Figueral and Cala Llonga.

The ferry terminal in the centre of Ibiza Town (see Google maps) has a selection of ferry services, some of which allow you to take cars; however, a new bill due be enacted from 2018/19 seeks to limit how many cars enter Formentera, with scooters and electric cars gaining preference as intra-island modes of transport.

Day-trippers can also choose from a number of boat excursions going to Formentera and some of its outlying islands, like Espalmador, travelling from many resorts on Ibiza.

Ferries from Mainland Spain

Ferries go to Formentera from the Spanish ports of Denia and Gandia also. Please check the relevant ferry operators' pages for timetables.

TRAVELLING AROUND FORMENTERA

Bikes

One of the most popular and most sustainable ways of getting around Formentera is by bicycle and both manual and electric bikes are available for hire. Ferry companies like Aquabus allow you to take over bicycles from Ibiza for free, but there are also many bike hire stations when you arrive in the port of La Savina.

With flat contours and 32 Green Routes (Rutas Verdes) running all across the island, Formentera is incredibly easy to pedal your way around. More than 100 km of pathways will take you around the coast, by sand dunes or landmarks and through rural farmland with goats, fig trees and pretty dry-stone walls.

Most of these routes are suitable for bikes, though do note that some of the routes are used by cars and scooters. Other than that, you can cycle to your heart's content.

Download a map and descriptions of the Green Routes.

Buses

Several regular bus routes take you from La Savina to the villages and beaches of the island as well as its resort, Es Pujols. There is also a special circuit bus for tourists, the L3, which offers a short circuit that covers La Savina, Ses Illetes beach and Es Pujols or a long circuit that covers all stops. Services run throughout the year with additional summer services running from the middle of May to the end of October.

Check the Formentera bus company website for information on routes and timetables: www.busformentera.com

Scooter hire

If you prefer automated transport, you will find numerous places renting scooters in La Savina. When choosing this option, you might want to rent a scooter to take two people to minimise fuel and vehicle usage.

Look out for potholes and ruts on tracks that lead to the beaches, especially if you are new to this mode of transport. Please note that not wearing a helmet risks an instant fine.

Car hire

There are many car rental companies in La Savina, great for when you need to transport more than two people. Note that there are just two petrol stations available, one just outside La Savina and one between San Francisco and San Fernando. Three car hire companies now offer electric cars with 12 charging points dotted around the island. The speed limit on Formentera is 70 kmh and speed cameras are often used to catch motorists.

Beach ferries to Ses Illetes and Espalmador

There's a very useful small beach ferry service called La Bahía. Running during the summer, months it will take you from La Savina to the beach of Ses Illetes and the island just below it, Espalmador. There are normally three journeys in the morning to get there and three in the afternoon to get back, find out times and prices in the port of La Savina.

Taxis

You will find taxi stops in all town centres as well as a radio taxi service. As Formentera is a small island you won't pay much using a taxi, especially when travelling in a group.

La Savina: (+34) 971 32 20 02

Es Pujols: (+34) 971 32 80 16

San Francisco: (+34) 971 32 20 16

Radio taxi: (+34) 971 32 23 42

Whichever way you use to get around Formentera, remember that it is a small island with a slow pace of life. Enjoy your trip!

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