A Beautiful Post-Mud Bath

There is no such thing as Formentera mud! Well of course there is plenty of mud surrounding the salt lakes and under foot, but there are no mud baths. No doubt you find this statement puzzling since thousands of people visit this small Balearic island each summer to benefit from its mud baths. However, the mud baths are in fact north of Formentera on the small island of S'Espalmador.

Illa de s'Espalmador is a private island thought to be owned by a Barcelona-based Spanish family. The family graciously allows day trippers to explore its pristine beaches, and of course mud. A common site in Formentera in the summer is to see naked Italian tourists making their way back to the Formentera beaches covered in Espalmador mud. Nobody really knows if it has any medical benefits, but it is certainly a lot of fun.

Getting to Espalmador is a snap if you have a yacht. You can zip across from Ibiza, or from the port of La Savina on Formentera. However, if you are not so blessed then there are regular ferries running between La Savina and Espalmador during the summer. They leave Formentera from 10.15 – 11.45 and 13.15, and from Espalmador at 16.15 – 17.30 and 18.45.

Espalmador's mud bath sits in the middle of the island. To get to it you must go to the northern end of Platja de s'Alga, where you will find a narrow pathway leading away from the beach. Soon enough you'll cone to a salt plain with a mud bath at its center, which people erroneously refer to as Formentera mud.