Espalmador is the “desert island” that we have always dreamed of and is just 150 meters from Formentera. A swim in the muddy lagoon to regenerate the skin is what we need to end the day.
Just 150 meters north of the point of Platja de Ses Illetes there is the wild and uninhabited island of Espalmador having an area of only 2 square kilometres. The strip of water that separates Formentera from Espalmador is called Es Pas but is also known as “the crossing”.
The island has no villages, the only marks left by man in this pristine natural setting is a house and, at the highest point of the island, a watchtower of the eighteenth century, known as Torre de sa Guardiola, where you can enjoy a good view. This 2-storey tower is located on the west side of the island and is visible during the ferry trip Ibiza-Formentera.
How to get to Espalmador island? There is only one waysto reach this small island, which is privately owned, but it is open to visitors: by ferry from the small port of llletes or from the main port of La Savina. It is forbidden to cross Es Pas on foot, in fact there is always a red flag, because of the strong currents.
Once arrived at Espalmador you are in front of a pristine landscape which has been declared a protected natural park due to the abundance of plant and animal species. Therefore it is prohibited the construction of any building, including bars and restaurants. Consequently it is important to remember to bring along everything necessary to spend some time in this wonderful island, such as water and food.
There are many charming and virgin beaches, but the most beautiful is undoubtedly Es Racó de S’Alga (also known as Platja de S’Alga), which is a natural bay with fine white sand and crystal clear sea with sloping sandy seabed ideal for swimming. This beach of 1000 meters in length, is surrounded by a small hill covered with vegetation and is located in the west side.
Here the presence of nudists is very high and it is certainly the area with the highest percentage of the whole Formentera. This is probably due to the fact that it is not crowded compared to other beaches and, moreover, it is more difficult to achieve.
One of the attractions of Espalmador is definitely the muddy lagoon, sulfur spring that attracts many tourists every summer, although the access is absolutely forbidden and the bath can result in health problems. This pond covers an area of about four hectares, but has decreased considerably in recent years, due to the rains that have become more and more rare.
Departure Time Connection Maritime: La Savina -> Illetes -> Espalmador
10:15, 11:45 and 13:15
Return Time Connection Maritime: Espalmador -> Illetes -> La Savina
16:15, 17:30 and 18:45
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when you dream it,
when you live it
and when you remember it. “
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