The island is a paradise of calm that invites you to stroll along the seashore, enjoy the beach bars and the first swim of the year under the Mediterranean sun
May is an ideal month to come and discover Formentera with a packed agenda of events that expose the magic of the smallest Balearic island. Sports enthusiasts can’t pass up on the opportunity to visit the island during the fifth month of the year.
The island has launched many initiatives this season to promote and spread the need for physical activities, and also to be seduced by the immense beauty and many tourist attractions on this balcony to the Mediterranean.
The Gastronomic weekends are the ideal moment to truly savour Formentera and take place the first and second weekend of May. Some of the best restaurants on the island serve traditional menus specially designed for the occasion at a fixed price of just €20. And others offer reinterpretations of typical cuisine with innovative proposals that give flavour to the smallest of the Pityusic Islands.
Lovers of photography and nature have a unique opportunity to capture Formentera’s most beautiful attractions. From April 27 to May 1, the island hosts the seventh edition of the now well-established Formentera Fotográfica festival, a meeting point for contemporary photography professionals and amateurs.
Conferences, workshops, screenings of documentaries, portfolio reviews, and walks around the island to discover each and every one of its secrets. This event is the ideal place to share knowledge and experiences in a relaxed manner as it places particular emphasis on quality training and mutual support.
The plans go beyond photography. ‘Learn by enjoying, creating unique experiences’. This is the philosophy of Formentera 2.0, a multidisciplinary meeting for those curious about digital culture, new technologies and communications that brings together top-level international professionals in a unique and immediate environment like the one offered by the smallest of the Pityusic Islands. The seventh edition runs from May 2-5 and will bring together journalists, communicators, community managers, freelancers, bloggers and others who wish to stay up-to-date with new technologies. An opportunity to open your mind, promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge and see what’s happening in the digital world. An opportunity to connect, share and learn.
This year the island also celebrates the sixth edition of the Formentera Film Festival, an international festival of short films that was started in 2011 by the directors of Lago Film Fest and Mónica Timperi. Its goal and that of the entire team is to turn the island into a space to showcase alternative and independent audiovisual productions from May 16 to 19. The aim is to encourage the circulation of audiovisual works that do not usually enter commercial circuits and show them outdoors in a festive atmosphere.
The fifth edition of the Formentera Jazz Festival, an initiative led by the musician and cultural producer, Maxwell Moya, will also be held from June 6 to 9. This is an eclectic commitment to quality music that goes beyond jazz and has become a platform for many emerging musicians.
Sport in a unique setting
Lovers of walking, running and cycling can make the most of the 32 signposted green routes on the island that together make up more than 100km of connected paths, many of which are accessible by bicycle.
First-rate sporting events are also held out of season. The Half Marathon (May 11) covers the island from shore to shore with a distance of 21 kilometres; the Marnatón (May 18) open sea swimming race has two individual events of 4 and 11 kilometres, and Formentera To Run (May 26 – June 2), a unique experience combining holidays and competition that covers the island in five stages.
To top it all off, the ‘Discover Formentera in May’ campaign offers discounts on shipping lines, car rentals and accommodation. The campaign works in a very simple way, tourists who stay in the hotels and other accommodation options attached to the campaign receive a voucher that gives them discounts with shipping companies, active tourism companies and other activities.
Discovering the island on foot or by bike is a ‘must’ as it allows you to get to know each and every one of its beautiful and romantic spots. One of them is Faro de la Mola, which is perfect for admiring and enjoying the most spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. Faro del Cap de Barbaria is another must-spot to visit, where you can enjoy the warm sea breeze and the beautiful sunsets on the island of Formentera.
Strolling around la Savina or San Francisco Javier, visiting the Church of San Francisco or the Tanca Vella Romanesque Church, or stopping to take a few photos in front of Molinos de sa Miranda are just a few of the romantic moments that make Formentera a place you have to visit at least once in your life.