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Formentera, Balearic Islands Travel Information

According to itypetravel, Formentera is part of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea (Europe). The Balearic Islands is an autonomous region of Spain. The capital of Formentera is Sant Francesc Xavier (Sant Francesc de Formentera).

Formentera is located below Ibiza and can only be reached by boat. Unlike Ibiza, there is a lot of tranquility on this island. There are no large tourist cities, but smaller cozy towns with historic buildings, terraces and shops. The beaches are also quiet, but certainly offer no less than Ibiza. Formentera is known among nudists, because nude recreation is allowed on almost all beaches. Diving around the island is ideal.

Where is Formentera located?

Travel information of Formentera

Official name: Formentera
Continent: Europe
Area: 83.24 km²
Capital: Sant Francesc Xavier (Sant Francesc de Formentera)
Country code: ES, ESP
Population: 12,124 inhabitants (2016)
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy
Highest point: 192 m (El Pilar de la Mola)
Distance (Amsterdam – Sant Francesc Xavier): 1,550 km
Flight time: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Formentera may have (temporary) measures that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Formentera, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Formentera. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Formentera?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Formentera at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Formentera has a Mediterranean climate. The temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees in the summer months and around 10 to 15 degrees during the winter months.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Formentera can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Formentera can be found at Climate info.

Best time
May, June and September are the best months to travel to Formentera. In these months the temperatures are the most pleasant and you also avoid mass tourism from mainland Spain.

Spanish is the official language on Formentera. The most spoken language is Catalan.
Would you like to translate from or into Spanish for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Spain:
Dutch consulate on Mallorca (also for Formentera):
Spanish Embassy in the Netherlands:
Spanish consulates in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations to visit Formentera.

Money and Currency
On Formentera, payment is made with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs on Formentera can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on Formentera are a bit lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -13% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (28% cheaper), food (6% cheaper), imported beer in catering (28% cheaper), cigarettes (19% cheaper) and public transport (57% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

On Formentera it is customary to give a tip of approximately 5-15%.

Time difference
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time on Formentera is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Formentera can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On Formentera you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Formentera.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Formentera.

On Formentera the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity in Formentera can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap because of the high chlorine content.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Formentera can be found on Google news.
Online newspaper from Formentera:

Websites from Formentera end
Formentera official website:

The country code (international access code) to call someone on Formentera is 0034 or +34.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Formentera? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Formentera Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Formentera.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Formentera.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Formentera.

Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Formentera can be found on
You will find an overview of all school holidays in the Balearic Islands (Formentera) in the Eurydice school guide.’

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Formentera, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Formentera?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Formentera. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Formentera can be found on Protected Planet.
Formentera is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Formentera? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business on or do business with Formentera, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Formentera, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Formentera.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5 (0.3 for novice drivers up to 2 years old).
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…The Romans called the island Fruimentera?
…Naturism is allowed on almost all beaches?
…Formentera was a major supplier of salt for a long time?
…Formentera was overrun with hippies during the 1960s?