El Pilar de la Mola is a small village famous for its lighthouse and hippie market.
El Pilar de la Mola is a small village situated in the eastern part of the island, located on the highest point of the island, about ten kilometers from Sant Ferran. The only inhabited area of La Mola is the village of El Pilar, consisting of about thirty houses arranged around the parish church, an ancient building of the eighteenth century.
The hippie movement peacefully invaded these areas in the ’60s and it is in this place that Bob Dylan and other historical figures stayed for short periods.
One of its major attractions is the hippy market that, in summer, is held twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, from 4 pm onwards; it attracts many people from all over the island. There are about fifty stalls displayed by the artisans of the island, some of them settled in Formentera in the ’60s. Here you can find a wide range of jewellery, costume jewelry, handbags, paintings, ceramics, clothing and lots of products made of natural materials, from wood to stone to leather to silver.
This is richer than the night market of Es Pujols, and moreover, local bands often perform in the small square with a mosaic made up of many multi-faceted tiles of various colors, depicting a peace dove in the centre.
Another attraction of this place is certainly the lighthouse perched on the cliffs at a height of 200 meters, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea. After visiting the lighthouse you can take a break and stop at the bar, located a few meters away, where you can sample local cheeses and cured meats.
At the side of the lighthouse there is a memorial plaque in honor of the writer Jules Verne who had set his novel entitled “The Adventures of Hector Servadac” and written in 1877 just here. It describes this place as “the end of the world”.
Being in the most eastern point of Formentera, we suggest to come to this place to watch the sunrise. The extraordinary sight of the dawn that you will live in this cape won’t make you regret the lost sleep.
The area around La Mola lighthouse is also an important geological zone. Going beyond the village of El Pilar de la Mola you will meet the Molì Vell, an old windmill, used to grind the wheat that was grown in large quantities on the island. Even today it is guarded by a family member who has run for several generations.
It was built over two centuries ago, precisely in 1778, a period when the island began to be repopulated after many years of neglect. This is the only mill of the Pitiuse islands, Ibiza and Formentera, which still has the status of working state.
La Mola is definitely one of the most peaceful villages, since it is quite far from the main tourist centers and the most popular beaches. On the other hand there are excellent restaurants including the Pequena Isla which offers typical dishes and El Mirador which enjoys a magnificent view.
On June 24, in El Pilar de la Mola there is the festival of Sant Joan with the traditional bonfire, while on October 12 there is the feast of Nuestra Senora del Pilar.
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