Es Caló is a small village where you can still breathe a virgin Formentera.
Es Caló de Sant Agustí is, without a doubt, one of the most authentic and characteristic areas of the island. Getting to the village and its beaches is very simple: starting from Es Pujols, once you have passed Es Arenals and all that stretch of coast called Migjorn, you will be on the road that leads to El Pilar de la Mola; at some point on your left you will see this unspoiled landscape recognised by many as “the last paradise”. In fact, this is where most people completely abandon themselves, breathing a Formentera still wild.
As soon as you arrive, you will be fascinated by the small port that houses the traditional wooden boats typical of Formentera. Es Caló was, in fact, until the first half of the 20th century, an active commercial port, as well as an important dry dock for the island’s fishermen’s boats.
In the past, it was also one of the first centres dedicated to the phenomenon of tourism. The mention of Sant Agustí refers to a historical settlement from the 14th century that included an old Augustinian monastery of which there is no longer any trace.
What distinguishes Es Caló from all the other beaches of Formentera is certainly the particularity of having a rocky bottom. The presence of small rocks gives the sea wonderful colours, very different from those found on the other sandy beaches of the island.
From Es Caló begins a well-known and suggestive uphill path towards El Pilar de la Mola: the “Camino Romano”. Its original name is Camí de Sa Pujada and it is of great historical importance as a testimony to the 13th century.
Known in the past by the Augustinian monks who resided in the monastery near El Pilar de la Mola, the road was used to reach the small port of Es Caló, where the main commercial activities of the village took place.
The entire route, which is well preserved and easy to walk, has an attractive walk through pine woods and along cliffs that offers magnificent views of the coast; you will come across bright green lizards, spot seagulls and, if you are lucky, even the odd virot or Balearic shearwater, which is a very rare seabird. At the end of the path you will reach the famous Mirador, a very high point (about 200 metres above sea level) from where you can admire an exceptional panorama of Formentera.
Declared a site of cultural interest as part of Spain’s historical heritage, it is a must-see destination for those who wish to take a romantic sunset stroll, but also for those who wish to hike and admire the sea view rock and the caves in the cliffs (which can be visited by organised excursions).
It’s practically impossible not to be captivated by the wild beauty of the island! The Camí de Sa Pujada also features in the “what to do in Formentera” guide.
A little known fact: it was the locals who gave it the name of “Camino Romano” because of its resemblance to the cobblestones of the ancient Capitoline streets. This trail does not present any special difficulty and is accessible even to the youngest visitors. The Camí de Sa Pujada is just one of the several paths that can be walked on the island; to find out about all the others you can visit the green routes of Formentera page.
In the area of Es Caló there are also two beautiful coves of sand mixed with rocks that still preserve a wild aspect: Es Caló de Sant Agustí (where the marina is located) and Ses Platgetes. They are ideal for those who wish to relax, sunbathe and get in tune with the ancestral spirit of the island.
As in any other place in Formentera, practising nudism is not a forbidden activity! These places are also a real gem for diving enthusiasts. It is very common to see numerous divers in these transparent waters.
In conclusion, we can say that the atmosphere in this small village, surrounded by a wooded area, is very evocative. Here, every year at the end of August, the festival of Sant Agustí is celebrated with dedicated events and dancing and music throughout the night.
Another peculiarity that should not be underestimated, Es Caló is home to some of the best restaurants in Formentera such as: Can Rafalet, Can Pasqual and the famous Es Caló Restaurant. In each of these places you can enjoy excellent fish specialities as well as typical island dishes (ensalada payesa and squids a la bruta, to name but a few).
While 500 metres from Es Caló, precisely at km 12.3 in the direction of La Mola, you will find the wonderful Caterina restaurant, ideal for a romantic dinner.
“Every trip you live three times:
when you dream it,
when you live it
and when you remember it. “
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