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Things to look out for on a boat trip to Formentera

Gaze out onto the water and further with this guide on what you can see on your next trip to Ibiza's sister island.

Formentera is undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful holiday hotspots. But even before getting there, the trip itself is packed full of interesting wonders and picturesque sights.

There's the majestic walled citadel, Dalt Vila from Ibiza Town, the shallows of Espalmador and even wild dolphins. Who knew travelling from one place to another could be such fun?

Here are some of the best things to look out for on a trip to Formentera.

From Ibiza and around

In the port, Dalt Vila overlooks the entirety of Ibiza Town. It's a symbol of the island and when you pass it by boat, you can enjoy a different view of the old cathedral, the hilltop palacios and houses from the cliff face where the waves crash against the weathered rocks that suspend its towering Renaissance walls.

The Botafoch lighthouse is another emblem of Ibiza. It sits at the end of the port, which makes it a distinct marking point for when you've left the harbour and reached the open water.

With a substantial stretch of sea ahead, you may be lucky enough to spot some of the Mediterranean's most fascinating wild treasures. It's not uncommon to have a pod of dolphins hitchhike at the side of you whilst on route to Formentera, so don't forget to take a pair of binoculars.

On the way there

Once you've raised the knots and left Ibiza Town, listen out for the sounds coming from clubbing hotspot Playa d'en Bossa. The long beach is famed for its variety. Here clubbers, families and couples enjoy the many seafront bars and restaurants.

This is a good opportunity to scout your next potential beach day. Es Cavallet and Las Salinas beaches are only a short trip away from Playa d'en Bossa. On passing, you can take a look at the golden sands and clear water for yourself, as well as some 16th-century watch towers which were used to keep a lookout for pirates.

You can even catch a glimpse of Es Vedra on the other side of the island. It is a bit of a detour - should you want to see it up close - but it's still an amazing sight from afar and definitely something you should keep an eye out for as you edge closer to Formentera.


After a short journey full of the amazing sights Ibiza has to offer, it's now Formentera's turn to show off its paradisiacal delights.

First you'll reach the islet of Espalmador where, in low tide and calm conditions, it's actually possible to wade through the water and reach Playa Illetes on foot. This part of the Balearics is a super-yacht magnet. Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and Formula 1 speedster Lewis Hamilton have been spotted here before, as well as many other famous faces.

Officially, Playa Illetes is where Formentera begins in the north, meaning it's the first beach you can reach coming from the south of Ibiza. This really is the gold standard of beaches. A warning though, its crystal water and snow-white sand will leave you in a severe state of bliss. Once you relax here, it can be hard to move.

A trip to Formentera is not too long and lots of fun. You wouldn't want to sleep on this commute! Even seeing Ibiza's vast coastline from a different perspective can be thrilling. All you need is a boat.

If you want to experience the Formentera journey for yourself, check out our boat charter options to do it in style or check out the terrific value Aquabus trip.

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