Exploring Espalmador Formentera
If you go just north of Formentera, by a few hundred meters, then you will come to the island of Espalmador. This small island has captured the imagination of many a day tripper from Formentera and Ibiza and is well worth a visit.
Although Espalmador looks extremely close to Formentera you should not attempt to walk across the channel that separates the two islands. Instead you should take a boat from La Savina, or from Ses Illetes. These boats run regularly during the summer so there is no need to take a risk by venturing into the Es Freus channel. The channel is extremely dangerous and has a strong current that could pull you under.
If you are based in Ibiza then you will find yachts available for charter. The good thing about this option is that you don’t have to worry about calling into any ports, as you can just drop anchor at one of the beautiful spots around Espalmador. If you are based in Formentera then you can get a boat from La Savina at some time between 10:15 and 13:15. Make sure you don’t enjoy yourself too much and forget the last ferry back at 17:30.
The mud baths of Espalmador are renowned for their healing properties, although they are completely unproven from a scientific point of view. To get to the mud baths you just go to Platja de s’Alga and head north, and you soon come across four hectares of mud, glorious mud. There is no need to worry about getting dirty as it all comes off in the ocean.
It is well worth your time to head to this northern point and enjoy the mud baths.
Even though mud baths can be a great place for a mud fight, please restrain yourself. Like the rest of the island’s natural habitat this area is to be treated with respect.