The old church of Sa Tanca Vell is more interesting than Eglesia de Sant Francesc Xavier in many ways. Built in the 14th century it’s difficult to picture a congregation squeezing into this tiny Formentera chapel. It is just over five meters in length, and two meters high.
The building was constructed from rough sandstone [...]
Exiting La Savina on the PM-820 Es Campament is the concentration camp that was used in the years after the Spanish Civil War to hold hundreds of anti-Francoist prisoners of war. There is not much of the building remaining, but despite its views over Estany des Peix there is an uncomfortable feeling about the place. [...]
Just after you pass the 10km marker when heading east on the PM-820 is a right hand turn into the remains of a Roman fort, Castellum Roma, that dates back to the third century. The sandstone foundations of the perimeter wall are clear, as are the bases of five towers.
Castellum Roma is a fortress-type building [...]
The stone circle of Ca na Costa dates back to the bronze age, and its 7ft (2m) slabs make it the most significant megalithic burial ground in the Balearics. It was discovered in 1974. To get there exit Es Pujols and head north west in the direction of Platja de sa Roqueta and you will [...]
100 meters north east of the Far de Barbaria lighthouse is Torre de Garrovert. It looks out to the African coast, and would have been used to spot the approach of Barbary pirates.
Torre de la Gavina the least accessible of the defence towers, but is worth the effort because of the views out to Es Vedra. To get to the defence tower you can take Green Route No.6 from Sant Francesc, and when you reach the bending road which marks the end of the route just follow [...]
Getting up to the defence tower of Torre de Punta Prima is a leisurely cycle from Es Pujols, and is worth it for the cliff top views. The standard route is to take the road just opposite the supermarket in between Es Pujols and Sant Ferran. On your way back from the tower you may [...]
The quickest route to Torre des Pides Catala is to turn off Route 4 of the Circuits Verds: if you are coming from the Eastern/Sant Ferran end of Route 4 then you would turn off left a few hundred meters after the entrance to Route 17.
You then ride through a country lane, and you will [...]
An interesting way to study Formentera history is to visit its four defence towers, built on strategic points of the island’s coastline during the eighteenth century. There is also a fifth tower on Espalmador.
Formentera has been an important location since the oriental shipping route, the Strait of Ses Portes, was used by ships that came [...]
The Ses Salines Formentera Natural Park covers a wide area, including the Es Trucadors peninsula and its surrounding sea. It extends to the wetlands that run around Estany Pudent and Estany des Peix, and it is also the term used to describe the old salt pans.
The salt works themselves closed down in 1984, but they [...]