A Balearic Island

One of the Balearic Islands and part of the Pine Islands subdivision as well, Formentera, although modest in size, is known as one of Spain’s important tourist destinations, along with other surrounding islands. It is so favoured for holidays in the sun due to its beautiful, well maintained sandy beaches as well as its mild climate and attracts visitors form many parts of Europe. For such a small island, it has had a turbulent history, being under Carthaginian, Roman, Visigoth, Byzantine, vandal and Arab domination, before finally becoming a Spanish territory.

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Among other features, it stands out due to its permissiveness with regards to nude sunbathing, which appeals to naturists and other adventurous visitors. In terms of sports, its landscapes make it auspicious for cycling and windsurfing enthusiasts, as well as visitors who are keen on water sports.

For those wishing a profounder incursion into the island’s history and local culture, there is a cultural centre in one of its notable villages, Sant Francesc Xavier, where an architecturally distinctive church can be seen as well.

Notable events include La Virgen del Carmen, an annual celebration held on the 16th of July in honour of the patron saint of sea workers; the best part of the celebration is an informal nautical procession organised by locals. On the 15th of July, locals have a long history of celebrating the patron saint of Formentera, Sant Jaume, which often coincides with harvest finishing, thus combining Christian and laic customs. An important element of this festivity is singing a traditional folk song referred to as cantada.

Aside from participating in local celebrations, visitors can enjoy a multitude of sports, such as biking, sailing, kite surfing, windsurfing , canoeing, parasailing, yachting and many more. The island is renowned for its excellent catamaran sailing, due to its geographical features and climate.

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