The smallest and most beautiful beach in Formentera dominates the west coast of the island. It is a wide sandy beach surrounded by high cliffs, forests and large hotels. It has shallow warm waters, low dunes and it features the most picture perfect sunset views.
Cala Saona is referred to as the jewel of the west coast of Formentera and it is one of the islands most popular beaches. It is between Punta Rasa in the south and Calo d’en trull in the north, in a narrow cove. This family friendly beautiful cove with the shape of a horseshoe has thin white sand and warm turquoise waters that shimmers most especially in the summer. A great place to relax and enjoy water sports.
Type: Sandy Beach
Cala Saona beach is 140 meters long and 120 meters wide. This white sandy beach lies within a small bay surrounded by red rocks. Although there are a few beachside restaurants, it is very much an oasis for peace and relaxation.
Its horseshoe shape protects it from currents making it a perfect place for sunbathing and snorkeling and its location gives its visitors the best place to watch the sun go down over the horizon as it sets over the water. And the picturesque scenery from the rocks above is something to try when you visit this beach. There is a row of quaint wooden boot-houses on one side of the beach. Plenty of sun loungers and parasols are available for rent.
How to get there:
Geo: 38°41’39.6″N 1°23’04.8″E
There are several ways to get there, but the best way is by a chartered yacht jumping straight to its turquoise waters.
One option is also to ride a bicycle which is the choice for the many. If you start from La Savina port, follow the path that leads southwards, among pines and stone walls, through the most rural part of the island.
The other choice is to take the road to Cap de Barbaria from Sant Francesc where you can find a signposted turn-off halfway along the road to the west. There is a wide car park at the end of the asphalt road, with convenient access to the beach.
A wooden pathway from the parking lot leads you to the hotel and into the large dunes of soft sand.
Did you know?
Being in a sheltered location, it was used in the past to build several boathouses to protect the traditional llauts, giving a special charm to this particular site.
What to see:
The main attraction is the scenery most especially during sunset when the sky is tinted with breathtaking colors. You will see a lot of fig trees and carob tress as the whole road is literally flanked by them.
What to do:
There is a wide range of activities on offer, such as paddle surfing, kayaking or snorkeling and of course sunbathing and sunset watching.
One of the best things to do is to ride a boat or kayak to the amazing underwater caves in the cliffs of Punta Rasa.
Cala Saona sits on the west coast of the island and a 30-minute hike to the peak of Punta Rasa is guaranteed to offer breath-taking views.
Where to eat:
Have lunch on the terrace and explore the universe of Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine in Chacala restaurant. This place is popular for its sangria and a great list of wine to choose from. The well trained waiters and waitresses provide the best service. Try their fish and prawns, squid and arroz negro while enjoying the great views of the beach.
Address: Carretera a Cala Saona, 1713, 07860, Illes Balears, Spain
Opening Hours: Every day from 09:00 to 23:00
Phone: +34 971 32 10 24
Restaurant Sol Cala Saona
This restaurant offers the best quality products to make a difference. They focus on offering and keeping the island’s tradition alive and seek balance between tradition and vanguard in all their dishes. It is vegetarian friendly, serves seafood, Mediterranean, European and Spanish cuisine. Try their pulpo frito, paella, burrata salad, roast chicken, Arabic salad and sangria cava.
Address: Cala Saona, S/N, 07860 Sant Francesc Xavier, Balearic Islands, Spain
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday from 13:00 to 17:00
Phone: +34 8721 55 15 75
What about drinks, shops and hotels?
For accommodation, Ibizadvisor recommends the Cala Saona Hotel & Spa. A unique 4-star hotel in Formentera that has been operating for over 60 years. The facilities are renovated and provides an outstanding service in spa, wellness and beauty treatments.
For drinks, the places to go are the Cala Saona Snack Bar and Chiringuito Cala Saona. The cozy chiringuitos not only offers an outstanding facility, but also a decent value for your money whether you get a jug of sangria or a beer. The people are extremely friendly and welcoming which makes your stay worth remembering.
For shops, the mini shop Cala Saona has some nice souvenirs you can take with you. From home decors to beautiful cute beach bags for your outfit of the day, stylish sunglasses, cute summer hats and fashionable dresses. There are also plenty of handmade jewelries to choose from.
This family-friendly beach can be very busy during the summer. As we always suggest, you have to come early to reserve a spot. If you want to explore the island of Formentera, it is better to rent a bicycle as most of its roads are flat and safe.