In this accommodation Formentera guide we are going to look at the different places that you can stay on this beautiful island, and the range of accommodation that is available in each place. One of the big challenges is finding somewhere to stay during the summer season because there are so few hotels, and the registered houses on the island number only a few thousand. And with a total ban on camping, the great outdoors is not an option.
The first thing to decide is whether you want to be in one of the villages, in an inland rural location, or on the coast. All three options have their advantages and disadvantages, and at the end of the day on such a small island you are never very far away from anything anyway. The main villages that you can choose from are: Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran, and El Pilar. If you want a coastline location the main options are Es Calo, Es Pujols, and Els Arenals. For a rural experience there are low rise farmhouses all over the island that are rented out in the summer months.
Sant Francesc is the capital of the island and has a central square which is a hub of activity â Bar Centro is a great place to hang out day or night. The village also has a number of shopping streets. Being based here you get the convenience of all the facilities, the nightlife, and you are just down the road from la Savina, Cala Saona and Estany des Peix. The next village to consider is Sant Ferran which a more bohemian feel to it, and is just up the road from Es Pujols and Ca Mari. La Fonda Pepe is the famous hippie haunt, and these days there's an internet cafÃ© in town too. Finally there is El Pilar, which is on the highest of the island's two raised plateaus and unless you have a strong legs I wouldn't recommend staying there without motorized transport. It has beautiful views, but beaches are not easily accessible so this is an option for those wanting a more rural experience.
If you are staying in any of the villages then your main option is to stay in a privately rented villa, although there are a few hostals around about, including one connected to La Fonda Pepe.
Es Pujols is Formentera's only real resort, but the hotels, shops and restaurants that have built up around it are still low rise by Mediterranean standards. The accommodation includes hotels (Hotel Roca Bella), hostels (Hostel Tahiti), and apartment blocks with shared pools (Apartments Castavi). The area has white sand beaches, a nightclub, and lots of young holidaymakers in the summer months. Es Calo also has one large hotel, and a few rural farm houses nearby. It is a great place to stay as Es Calo is the island's only genuine cove beach. Els Arenals offers hotel accommodation, and seafront villas overlooking Platja de Migjorn. Finally, in Es Calo you will find an older crowd than in Es Pujols, some good seafood restaurants and plenty of hostel style accommodation.
A Rural Experience
Throughout the island if you come inland from the coastline and move a few hundred meters away from the villages, then you are in rural territory and will see plenty of one storey, simple farmhouses. If you are idea of a good holiday is being nestled under pine trees cooking barbeques then this Formentera accommodation is for you.