With no airport most visitors arrive at Formentera via its port of La Savina. It is a natural harbour that was used for the export of salt and planks of Sabina pine. The port was separated from the mainland until the 1930s when a breakwater was constructed.
It has a modern marina, and there is some serious money calling at port alongside the neo-hippies that take the Balearia ferry. La Savina rivals Monaco from the value of boats per cubic meter during the summer months.
Throughout the year there are multiple daily ferries between Ibiza and Formentera, and during the summer season there are also boats from Sant Antoni, Santa Eularia, Palma, Barcelona, Altea, Alicante and Denia. La Savina is also the departure point for day trips to Espalmador.
From what used to be nothing more than a fisherman’s wharf, it has expanded into a pretty decent harbour. Most of the shops are dedicated to serving tourists fresh of the ferry, with a wealth of rental bikes, rental car and water sport shops. The restaurants overlooking the marina serve great tapas, although funnily enough not the best fish – for this you should head to the restaurants of Es Calo. If you are arriving for the day then you should call in at the tourist office and get a map. The staff there is very friendly and will help you plan an itinerary to meet your needs.
Port de la Savina Formentera also backs on to Estany des Peix and the salt pans of Ses Salines. These are rich in natural beauty, and if you happen to be an ornithologist then you will be more than satisfied keeping an eye out for the 210 species that have been sighted. You are also within a 30 minute walk of the beaches of Es Trucadors.
Opposite the north western point of Estany Pudent, Sa Sequia, you will see that there are large holes carved out of the rock next to the ocean – these crude basins were used for fish farming. Past Sa Sequia you will see an old triangular building, where bombs and gas were stored for planes during the Second World War.