Cycling in Formentera

One of the best things about Formentera is the 20 Circuits Verds, or Green Tours. These are 20 designated cycling and hiking trails that take you off the beaten path to some of the island’s most beautiful spots. It isn’t the most challenging cycling in Spain, but it makes for some great exploring. Even the seasoned cyclist will appreciate the range of road, and off-road tracks, that run through nature parks, farmland, beaches, and towns. There is barely a road on the island that doesn’t have cycle paths, but it is the designated Circuits Verds that you will be spending most of your time on.

The best way to illustrate how good these cycle paths are is consider a typical example. Route No.11 (Cami d’en Parra) is one of my favorites on the island.

Route No.11 Entry Point

It takes you through some winding country lanes to a beautiful view. It’s easy to find the entrance to the route – just zip through Sant Francesc, head south, and take a left at the first main junction.

Route No.11

When you get to the end of the route, you will come across a wall that points you in the direction of the beach. You need to park your bike and hike from this point. The wall has ‘no entrada’ painted on it, but this just means that you cannot go over the wall. It is perfectly fine to walk alongside it, and down to the views.

Rewarding views at the end of Route No.11

I don’t think housing gets much more basic than the finca below. Keep an eye out for it on Route 11.

Home sweet home.

Route No.11 is just one of many options: on the other routes you can cycle through pine forests, down mountains, and along the coastline as in the video of Platja de Mitjorn below.

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