Ses Platgetes Beach
For laid-back ocean retreat boasting a spectacular ocean view, Ses Platgetes Beach located on the blissful island of Formentera is the perfect place to go. It offers a small forest of juniper trees and dunes. During summer months, the sea has calm turquoise waters that are perfect for snorkeling.
There are three beaches separated by rocky sections, where you can easily lay out your beach towel to enjoy their unspoilt nature and the stunning scenery of La Mola’s coastline.
The scenery is really interesting and diverse. Dunes, rocks and fine sand are intermixed. Diving and snorkeling is a great convenience due to the richness of its seabed.
Type: Sandy rock Beach
Ses Platgetes consists of three small coves each separated by rocks and dunes. One of the coves has beautiful sandy beach with shallow pristine turquoise waters. Moving in the direction of Es Calo is where the second cove can be found. It has golden sand, as well as blue seas, bay cliffs and some rocky bottoms. The third cove, which is less suitable for swimming, is made up of rocks that separate the two coves creating two natural pools. One of which is used by fishermen as a harbor for traditional small boats to protect them from salt water.
The combined three small coves may have a length of approximately 600 meters. There are parasols and sun umbrellas for rent.
Parking is in Es Caló where the nearest facilities are. There are rough and sandy areas, but sometimes the wind blows hard in this region.
How to get there:
Geo: 38°40’45.7″N / 1°30’45.3″E
To get here, all you have to do is go to the center of Es Caló de Sant Agustí, the region’s only seaside town, highly esteemed by locals and tourists for its fishing port and high-quality restaurants. The closest car park to Ses Platgetes can be found here. The coves can be reached via the wooden footbridges at the entrances.
The area can also be reached via car in one of the access points leading directly to the road.
You can park on the side of the main highway leading to La Mola if you go by scooter, and then walk through nature to reach the beach.
Did you know?
The area where Ses Platgetes is located is known as Tramuntana (a classical name for a northern wind). It runs along the northern edge of Formentera’s peninsula.
In the past, the respective beaches were known as Platgeta de Prop, Platgeta d’Enmig and Platgeta de Més Enllà. They are nicknamed after the distance that divides them from the heart of Es Caló de Sant Agustí.
What to see:
You can see the breathtaking views of the cliffs of La Mola to the east and the stunning blue waters. You can also see the historic site of Can Blai Roman Castle located in Sant Ferran de ses Roques near Ses Platgetes, a small fort in the middle of Formentera, established in the late Roman Empire period.
You can explore Pou des Verro beach, a quiet spot for 18 boatyards located between Es Calo and La Mola.
In this beach, you will see many people diving from the rocks around the tiny harbor. You may also see some people fishing since it is permitted as well as some nude sunbathers.
What to do:
After a dip in its shallow and clean waters, put your sunscreen on and sit or lie in the sun to improve the blood circulation in the body, eliminate toxins and get that beautiful tan skin.
Not very far away is Es Calo de Sant Agusti, you can take a little walk and admire its wonderful landscapes, its small white houses and the fishermen piers.
A romantic picnic with your special someone or with your family is also another thing you can do in this beach. Ses Platgetes is perfect for families with kids due to its shallow sparkling waters. You can also bring your snorkeling gear and explore the underwater world.
You can take the historic route up to La Mola, known as the Camí de Sa Pujada, if you want to explore it a little bit.
Where to eat:
Es Calo Restaurant
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: De Sant Agustí, Carrer Del Vicari Joan Marí, 14, 07872 Es Caló, Illes Balears, Spain
Opening Hours: Every day from 13:00 to 18:00
Phone: +34 971 32 73 11
Restaurant Can Rafalet
In a beautiful setting on the waters of Es Calo is where this restaurant is situated. This restaurant is a great place for dinner, Ibizadvisor recommends you to come here during sunset. The terrace overlooking the cove of Es Calo is spectacular and it is the best part of this place. The staffs are very friendly and accommodating and the food is fantastic and fresh. It is certainly worth trying when you visit the island. It is a privileged spot to enjoy Formentera’s genuine seafood cuisine.
Address: 07872 Es Caló, Balearic Islands, Spain
Opening Hours: Every day from 13:00 to 23:30
Phone: +34 971 32 70 77
What about drinks, shops and hotels?
Astbury Apartments Ses Platgetes features sea views and has accommodations with a balcony around a few steps from Es Calo Beach. This beachfront property has a patio and free private parking. There is both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service.
Apartments Es Calo also offers a great view of the Mediterranean Sea. It has furnished balconies, terraces, and living rooms. Parking and bike storage are available in this property. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a sundock and a lounge.
For drinks, bar can rafalet is the closest one to go, it is a pub, but they still do some basic cooking. It is just next to Restaurant Can Rafalet and the view is just as nice as the restaurant.
There are a few souvenir shops in Es Calo, but, if you are looking for a big one, the closest market you can travel to is the La Mola Artisan market, the oldest and most authentic market in the island of Formentera. It has become an iconic location on the island, where some globally renowned artists have exhibited their artisan works.
The only downside is that the sea becomes very rough on days when the Tramontana wind blows hard. To explore the rocks and rock pools, make sure to bring some waterproof shoes, as the rocks can be sharp.
Be vigilant to assess the water’s depth-when stepping off the cliffs, it can be deeper than it seems!