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Formentera: Day Trips and Tours from Sant Josep

Known for its clear waters, long sandy beaches, and relaxed vibe, Formentera is the smallest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. Lying close to Ibiza, this Mediterranean gem offers a welcome respite from the bustle of its larger neighbor.

The best way to enjoy a day trip to Formentera from Ibiza is on a boat tour, with snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing all on tap. Here’s how you can make it happen.

How to get to Formentera from Ibiza?

Accessible only by sea, Formentera is just four miles from Ibiza, making it the ideal spot for a day trip.

From Ibiza to Formentera by public ferry

The cheapest way to visit Formentera is on one of the ferries, which depart regularly from Ibiza Town. They run year-round to La Savina on Formentera. The journey takes 25 minutes to an hour depending on the type of ferry.

If you are staying on Ibiza’s east coast, you can catch a ferry from Es Caná, Santa Eulalia, or Cala Llonga.

Guided tour to Formentera from Ibiza

For a hassle-free experience, take a guided day trip to Formentera. These tend to last between four hours and a full day, on either catamarans or motor yachts.

Some Formentera day tours include hotel pick-ups or offer them at extra cost. Others ask you to meet them at the dock.

What is the typical itinerary of a day tour to Formentera from Ibiza?

After being collected from your Ibiza hotel, or meeting at the departure point, your Formentera excursion begins. You will enjoy a comfortable voyage by yacht or catamaran to Formentera. Sailing time to the island is around an hour.

The rest of the day is spent anchoring in scenic bays with time for snorkeling, paddle boarding, and swimming. You can visit some of the beaches and explore on foot too. Lunch is available to buy at the island restaurants located along the shore.

You will return in time for dinner on most Formentera day trips from Ibiza.

What kind of tours are available to go to Formentera?

There are several options to choose from when it comes to day trips on Formentera. You just need to decide if you want a guided tour or prefer to go it alone.

Guided tours to Formentera from Ibiza

The most popular day tours to Formentera from Ibiza are guided boat excursions. You can keep costs down by joining a small-group trip with like-minded travelers. These operate in a similar way to boat tours in Ibiza’s sister islands of Mallorca and Menorca.

Boat capacity varies depending on the type of vessel, with group sizes ranging from 6 to 115. So, do check the tour details carefully to ensure the experience is right for you.

Private boat tours to Formentera from Ibiza

For the ultimate Formentera jaunt, opt for a private boat tour on a luxury catamaran or sailing yacht. You will be able to have some say in the itinerary, with lots of secluded bays and beaches to explore.

Private trips usually last a full day, so you can make the most of your time on Formentera. Boat capacity is often for up to 12 participants, but smaller groups are welcome too.

Ferry transfer to Formentera from Ibiza without guide

There are frequent ferries running between Formentera and Ibiza, so if you prefer to travel by yourself, this is totally doable. It is best to book your ferry tickets in advance to avoid disappointment – this is a popular route!

How much does a tour to Formentera from Ibiza cost?

The price for full-day trips to Formentera on motor yachts or sailing boats ranges from €80 - €125 per person. Half-day excursions start at €74 per passenger.

For a 7-hour luxury catamaran small-group tour, expect to pay €290 each. Snorkel and paddle board hire are usually included.

Whole-day private sailing boat tours cost from €242 - €899 depending on boat capacity and time spent on the water. Upgrades to luxury catamarans are available, with tour costs starting at €2780 per group.

If you want to travel independently, round-trip ferry tickets to Formentera cost from €30 per person.

What will you see and do in Formentera?

Formentera is a veritable seaside haven, with some of the prettiest scenery in the Balearics. Here are some of the sights you will discover during your visit.

Ses Illetes Beach

Renowned for its clear waters and white sand, the Ses Illetes Beach is a Formentera day trip favorite. Spend time here snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, and swimming, before heading for lunch in one of the waterside restaurants.

Espalmador Island

Some tours stop at the uninhabited island of Espalmador, a tiny sand islet just 150 meters from Formentera. It’s part of the Natural Park of Ses Salines and boasts some of the most pristine beaches in the archipelago.

Sant Francesc

The quaint whitewashed village of Sant Francesc is the capital of Formentera. It’s as beautiful as it is sleepy, and a wonderful place to stroll around in the sun. Check out the rustic 18th-century church in the central square, shop for souvenirs in the markets, and enjoy seafood in the charming restaurants.

Es Mirador Lookout

Head up to the island’s loftiest vantage point for superb views out across the sea. The Es Mirador Lookout will be one of the highlights of your day tour to Formentera, quite literally! It’s a superb spot for sunsets too.

La Mola Lighthouse

Perched spectacularly on the eastern end of Formentera, La Mola Lighthouse is one of the most photographed icons of the island. It sits high on a cliff and boasts breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.

When is the best time to visit Formentera?

You can enjoy a day tour to Formentera from Ibiza at any time of year, but sun-seekers will prefer to visit between April and October. Come during spring or fall to avoid the crowds.

If you want to go swimming or snorkeling, the water temperatures are at their best from June to September.

Which other natural places can be visited in Ibiza and nearby?

Besides Formentera, you should visit Cala Bassa and Cala Comte, where many boat tours in Ibiza head to. The most common water activities in the island are snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddling and jet skiing.

Travel tips

  • Book your Formentera day trip online to bag the best deals for your preferred dates.
  • Pack swimming gear and a towel if you want to take a dip in the sea.
  • Wear comfortable footwear for moving about the boat and take a windbreaker in case it gets fresh during your journey to Formentera.
  • Sunscreen, sun hats, and sunglasses are a must during summer.
  • Take some cash in case you want to purchase food or souvenirs on the island.