Es Racó de S'Alga
In every part of Formentera you will find enchanting coves, gorgeous sunsets and lush natural landscapes. But, 200 meters away from the island, you will find this isolated beach called Es Raco de S’Alga, a virgin beach with fine white sand and crystal clear waters located on the small island of S’Espalmador.
This beach is one of the most popular destinations for nudist and it can only be accessed by boat. Long stretches of pristine white sand and an extensive dune system surrounded by savinas and translucent waters describe S’Alga beach. The mud baths that, they claim, are beneficial for the skin are popular.
This is a perfect location for some peace and quiet to enjoy.
Type: White Sandy Beach
Es Racó de S’Alga Beach is 1000 meters long and 20 meters wide. There is no service like restaurants, kiosks, bars, hammocks, hotels or umbrellas, only a long beach where you can enjoy one of the island’s cleanest waters. It is an almost rare opportunity to reach a totally abandoned island and a perfect place to switch off completely. Lying on a beach where there are no structures in sight. Going for a walk and understanding that the surroundings have hardly altered.
The only facility available is a litter bin.
How to get there:
Geo: 38°46’53.0″N / 1°25’40.1″E
Just a shallow sandbar separates Es Racó de S’Alga Beach and Formentera. It is only possible to reach the island of Espalmador by boat, either privately owned or with the Barca Bahia, which makes a daily route to the island of Espalmador, leaving from the port of La Savina and the beach of Illetas.
Although, it is possible to wade between both islands at low tide; swimming or walking is not recommended because the current is very dangerous.
Did you know?
The islet of s’Espalmador gives off so much beauty that Walt Disney took it as a model for the Peter Pan movie. It has fresh water springs and mud baths.
There is Illa des Porcs (Pig Island) to the north of the main island, which was once used as a hideout and stronghold for pig smugglers.
The family of Cinnamond purchased the island in 1932 for the equivalent of EUR 252. In March 2018, amid the government of Formentera’s purchasing efforts, the Catalan architect Norman Cinnamond and his sister Rosy sold the island for EUR 16 million to a Luxembourg family.
What to see:
You can see Pas d’en Adolf to the north of Formentera Island. Another secluded, fine white sand beach where nudism is practiced.
About 8km on foot through the interior of Espalmador, you will see Sa Torreta, a secluded beach and a paradise in its pure state located in northern part of the island.
Cala de Bosch is one of the three beaches in the island of Espalmador. It is a protected area with vegetation. Nudism is also practiced here so do not feel uncomfortable when you see people naked. It is completely normal in this island.
What to do:
Aside from enjoying the sunshine sunbathing and sun tanning, there is pretty much nothing else to do in Es Racó de S’Alga Beach. However, you can rent a small boat and explore the other parts of the island of Formentera with turquoise waters, glowing blue skies and glorious sunshine.
If you have not tried going naked while at the beach, this beach is probably the best place to experience it as nudism is practiced here.
One of the attractions in this Salga beach is its mud bath which is said to be good for the skin.
Where to eat:
This area in the island is a natural space and there are no restaurants around. Take this opportunity to bring some Spanish food with you and go for a nice picnic in the middle of this beautiful island and let the beach take care of the scenery. Make sure to pack the right things like and don’t forget your picnic blanket. Some of the food you can pack are pan con tomate, anchola, tortilla, Spanish ham, the best is pata negra and jabugo and some bocadillos or sandwich. We also recommend the local figs, fresh cheese and of course a picnic is not complete with some good wine.
What about drinks, hotels and shops?
As mentioned above, Es Raco de S’Alga beach is a natural space and there are no facilities around it. But the closest place you can go to for shopping is the Mercado de San Ferran or the Sant Ferran Market. An artistic market that is open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Different craftsmen present a great variety of works and crafts on the market, the most popular are jewelry, clothes and ceramics, all with a very hippy air.
Shopping experience in Formentera is truly unique. You’ll find outdoor markets, such as the Sant Francesc, La Savina or Es Pujols hippy markets, the Sant Ferran art market or the Pilar de la Mola craft market.
This beach is one of the most unique one and there are many ways to enjoy it. Like relaxing in an atmosphere of well-deserved peace and quiet. But, take note that when you anchor your boat, it is very important to take into account the Posidonia meadows to avoid damaging it.