How to get from Ibiza to Formentera? On our 4-day trip to Ibiza we had reserved one day to make a trip to Formentera. You just hear too many good things about this island to not go there. It also doesn’t take long to cross from Ibiza to Formentera. Tickets for the ferries* are sold everywhere and the small neighboring island can be explored comfortably in 1-2 days. Perfect for a day trip from Ibiza. We tell you here what we did on Formentera and what tips we have for you.
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How to get from Ibiza to Formentera?
There are several ferry companies that serve the island of Formentera from various stops on Ibiza. We have chosen the cheapest provider: Aquabus Ferry. It charges 20€ per person for a round trip. We think that’s pretty fair. It takes about 15 minutes longer with their boats than with the competition, but you shouldn’t be in such a hurry on vacation.
If you also want to enjoy the boat trip to Formentera you can book a catamaran cruise with meals and drinks*.
Parking at the Ferry Terminal
If you are traveling with a rental car in Ibiza, then it is a good idea not to take the ferry from Ibiza Town, but the one from Playa d’en Bossa. There is a free parking lot in the immediate vicinity. The times of the boats from ibiza to Formentera vary a bit from those in Ibiza Town.
But there is also the possibility to take a smaller boat from there to Ibiza Town and then the bigger ferry. And this without extra charge. On the way back you can decide where to go. If you can’t or don’t want to take the smaller boat from Ibiza Town to Playa d’en Bossa, you can take a cab. We did that and paid about 13€ for it.
Hotel Recommendation on Formentera
We have found the perfect hotel for you on the beautiful beach on Formentera….and the best thing is, the hotel is within walking distance of the ferry terminal. So you can leave your car in Ibiza and after check-in explore the island, like us. with the scooter. The Hostal La Savina* offers you a private beach, a beautiful terrace, comfortable rooms and a really, really good restaurant. If you love food as much as we do, you’ve come to the right place.
Things to do on Formentera?
Actually your are doing the same as in Ibiza. Relaxing on the beach and exploring the area. There are many beautiful beaches on the island and also some hiking trails. But we mainly wanted to visit the lighthouses, which can be found on the southern and eastern tip of the island. And that involved some driving.
Tip: Rent a Scooter on Formentera!
To explore the island we rented a scooter. And also already at the ferry terminal in Ibiza at Aquabus. On the net you can read about prices of about 30 € for a scooter on Formentera. At Aquabus we got one for 15€. And then we had to pay only 5€ to return the scooter with an empty tank. A very fair offer.
You can also rent bikes directly at the port of Formentera, but we find that due to the size of the island for a day not really useful. With a bike to get to the other side of the island we consider impossible. If it should not be a car, then in any case a scooter. Unless you only want to stay near the port and maximum to Playa de Illetas.
Riding a scooter on Formentera
Unfortunately the island is not perfect for a scooter. The few roads on the island are sometimes dead straight for kilometers and the cars race past you at 100km/h. When your own scooter only goes 60 km/h, it’s not exactly the most relaxing way to explore the island. We went with the scooter first to the Faro de la Mola (Google Maps) at the western tip.
That takes about 40 minutes if you drive fast. There, the local lighthouse presents itself on the edge of a cliff falling tens of meters into the depths. A very impressive sight. You can stroll along the coast and watch the seagulls flying. The next lighthouse is located at the southern end of the island and is called Faro Cap de Barbaria (Google Maps). By scooter, that’s another 40 minutes from Faro de la Mola. The special thing here is that the lighthouse stands in an optical line with the road leading towards it. This can be captured photographically very well.
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Relax on the Beach
After the obligatory photo we quickly moved on to the beach. In the meantime it was already afternoon and we wanted to take the ferry back at 5pm. There I got a bit bogged down again, because Sabrina actually wanted to chill a bit more than ride a scooter. Crap! We therefore drove to the probably most famous beach on the island: The Playa de Illetas (Google Maps).
Playa de Illetas
This is not far north of the port and is most beautiful to look at from the air, as you can see on my drone image (in the title). From the ground, this is not even soo spectacular. But of course it is still beautiful. The special feature of this beach is that it is surrounded by the sea from both sides. Quite unique as I find.
When we were there (late October) it was pretty quiet, but I can imagine what it’s like in high summer. So in high season, it’s probably better to pick a smaller beach on the island if you’re looking for some peace and quiet. After we did some souvenir shopping at the harbor (we found the souvenirs here really much cheaper than on Ibiza) we took the ferry through the darkness back to Ibiza. On deck we froze a bit in the wind, but of course we didn’t want to miss the good 360° view. From Ibiza to Formentera – Summarized info
- It is best to take the Aquabus from Playa d’en Bosso
- Rent a scooter directly when you buy your ticket at Aquabus in Ibiza
- Try not to drive around too much on the island (especially if you only have 1 day there) because the roads are quite long
Do you have any further questions about a trip from Ibiza to Formentera or do you want to tell us what you experienced? Then write us a comment under our travel report!