Platja de Llevant
Adjacent to Ses Illetes is Platja de Llevant, a long quieter and windy beach that is easily accessible by bicycle and car. It is located between Punta des Trucadors and Playa des Canyers. This beach also has wonderful pristine sand and translucent waters just like Ses Illestes but is slightly less friendly as the waves can be a little rough depending on the wind direction.
A popular nudist beach with high sand dunes and rugged headlands providing sheltered corners. This is known to be the quieter option during peak season.
Type: Long sandy beach
This stunning beach is located near the Natural Park of Ses Salines. It is 1,450 meters long and 90 meters wide with fine white sand, clear shallow beautiful turquoise waters. When its windy, the waves can get to high and strong.
It has a restaurant with bathroom facilities and where you can hire sun loungers and parasols.
The long beach has several long wooden walkways from the restaurant, parking and other areas. It is also backed by sand dunes which provides privacy for nudist.
How to get there:
Geo: 38°45’53.3″N / 1°26’06.4″E
Platja de Llevant is very close to La Savina Port at only 3.8km distance and it can be reached by car and motorcycle. From the port, head west on Carrer Ponent then turn left onto Av. Mediterrania. After 250 meters, turn left onto Plaça de les Illes Pitiüses/PM-820-2, stay here and turn left after 1.8km. Turn right before reaching Kiosko restaurant El Pirata and you will arrive at Restaurante Tanga after 750 meters.
Once you get here, you will have to pay 4 euros for car parking and admission for the whole day and 2 euros for the bicycles. You can also reach this place from Ibiza by riding a ferry for 46.50 euros.
Did you know?
Formentera has been a popular destination for hippies since the 1960s. It is said that the hippies were broke and used to ask everyone for food until they eventually began stealing from the Spaniards. One day, one of the Guardia Civil officers turned up and took with him a number of black Hispanic women, captured the hippies and ordered them never to return.
Yet, Formentera has never really lost its hippie spirit. You’re still going to find the laid back vibe boho chic up to these days.
What to see:
From the coast of Playa de Llevant, you can see islets Illa de Tramuntana, Escull des Pou, Illa des Ponent, Illa Rodona, Racó des Palo, Escull d´en Paia and on the northernmost tip, you can the island of S’Espalmador across the water. Although you will see some people trying to cross the water during low tide, it is something not to try as it can be really dangerous.
You will see plenty of beautiful Sow thistles scattered over the sand dunes. A perfect place for that instagrammable photo.
What to do:
As this beach is quieter than its neighboring beach Ses Illetes, you can relax in tranquility by renting beach chairs or by just laying your towel on the soft sand.
If you have been wanting to sunbathe nude but never had the courage to do so, this is the place for it as this beach is popular for nudists.
A refreshing dip in the water of course will never be out of the list, just be informed that big waves and strong currents are also popular here so its best to be cautious.
Ses Illetes and Platja de Llevant are just 50 meters apart on certain stretches, you can switch from one beach to another to enjoy both beaches during your tour.
Where to eat:
Spend a pleasant time tasting delicious menus full of charm in a corner of the picturesque and unspoiled nature of Formentera. The restaurants aim is to continue to bring good work in the kitchen, keeping all these years Mediterranean cuisine using local produce from sea and land. The dishes are made with products that unite the traditional line with innovation.
The cuisine is characterized by being avant-garde and revolutionizes the production of paellas and fish. As starters, do not forget to taste the Brandada de Bacalao and the Mexican Avocados. And a special mention is obtained by the Lobster Stew and the fresh fish of the day. All accompanied by a large cellar of wines, cavas and champagnes.
Address: Carrer de Llevant, 07870 La Savina, Illes Balears, Espagne
Opening Hours: Every day from 09:00 to 20:00
Phone: +34 971 18 79 05
Juan Y Andrea Restaurante
Located in the heart of the famous Playa Illetes in Formentera, JUAN Y ANDREA has unbeatable views, excellent food, fish, seafood, rice, etc., on the terrace or right on the sand under the shade of the awnings. Founded in 1971 by Juan Bonet, a fisherman from Formentera, and his wife Andrea when it was just a tiny beach restaurant on the idyllic Playa Illetes beach, the business grew and grew to become one of the best restaurants in Formentera, run by the couple’s 3 children – Andrés, Juanjo and Jorge. One of the best restaurants in Formentera to enjoy typical local produce.
Address: Platja de Ses Illetes, 07871, Illes Balears, Illes Balears, Spain
Opening Hours: Every day from 13:00 to 18:00
Phone: +34 630 258 144
What about drinks, shops and hotels?
Although there are no shops in Playa de Llevant, you can go to La Savina and look for Crasqi Formentera for men’s swimming garments and Banjhara Formentera for female summer dresses.
For accommodation, the closest place to look for accommodation will be in Es Pujols and La Savina. Hotel Roca Bella is 500 meters from Es Pujols, it has air-conditioned rooms and private balconies and an outdoor pool with sun loungers. Or Hostal La Savina, a 1-star hotel that has all the comforts to be expected in the new century.
And for drinks, the two restaurants mentioned above Restaurante Tanga and Juan y Andrea both serve alcoholic drinks but if you want to explore the island more, you will find plenty of choices in Es Pujols.
It is best to go here before noon as the beach gets really busy once the day tourists from Ibiza arrives.
Packing up your own food and drinks to enjoy a little picnic by the beach will be a lot more fun than going to the restaurant, as they charge a little bit costly.