Formentera is synonymous with peace and quiet. At the exact moment when tourists disembark, the island makes them rethink their priorities. Setting foot on the most northerly of the Balearic islands for the first time means leaving stress, speed and hurry behind and accepting a new and different pace of life.
This is an island that you can get round by car in just one morning and yet, if travellers want to blend into the environment, the best option would be to wander along its trails and enjoy the landscape either on two wheels or on two feet. Under the wheels of a bike or under a walker's boots, Formentera becomes an infinite island; its 32 green routes form a series of interconnecting trails making a total of more than 100 endless kilometres, most of which are accessible by bike.
These routes run through farming areas with vineyards, through dunes and pine trees, most of which have been declared Natural Areas of Special Interest. The interconnected paths turn into superb lookout points over the Mediterranean Sea, beaches, coves, architectural sites with traditional houses and other areas of rich vegetation.
Recently released, these 32 routes have added great value to the small island of Pitiusa. The official website of Formentera has collected them in this link:
There's something to suit everyone.
For those not accustomed to so much walking, there's a series of easier routes, relatively flat and no more than 1,800 to 5,000 metres long, like the path from La Savina to Ses Illetes. This trail runs over boardwalk, sand and rocks with the sea on both sides, with the island of Espalmador awaiting the walker at the end of their hike.
More advanced hikers can choose from long walks of more than 8,000 metres with medium height gain, taking them to unexpected spots across Formentera. The most unusual trail is the one that runs from Es Caló de Sant Agustí to El Pilar de la Mola, taking in the entirety of the historic path used by the people of Formentera to climb up La Mola. But it is the old path from La Mola to Sa Pujada that really gets hiking enthusiasts excited; it's barely 1,500 metres long but very steep, with the reward of spectacular views once you reach the top. The path runs around a cliff and goes into a forest with stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea and other parts of the island. Points of interest along the trail include the so-called ‘petjades del diable’ (devil's footprints), the old stone quarry and a mysterious cross carved into the rocky ground.