Formentera advice

2H76

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FFS wish I'd thought of the hire car thing before didn't even occur to me that you can't take a hire care from ibiza to formentera...! Silly me!

If we are scheduled to land around 3pm, realisitic to think we'll make Formentera for about 6?
Will be carless now so taxi to port and then will need to pick car up the other side.
Yes, it can be done, bus from the airport to the port and on to a ferry, yup. Can be quicker to catch the bus than wait in a queue for a taxi (and cheaper!) they are every 20 mins at that time and I've seen the taxi queue snaking 150m down the road. Do the car hire thing on Formentera, but to be honest the bus service in September is reliable and frequnt enough to get you almost anywhere, (avoid the expensive "tourist buses"!) anthough I'd suggest a scooter to get to the far-out places.
There are specific transfer deals from the airport to Formentera, look at the Trasmapi, Balearia or Pitiusa websites (the ferries), could be good for a few people + luggage.
Example; http://www.trasmapi.com/servicios but I'd just use the 10 bus which I think goes directly to the port (used to....but the building work may have altered that, but it will stop pretty close even so).
My personal world record from stepping off the plane to arriving at la Savina is just over 90 minutes!
 
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elmooreo

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Thanks mate, appreciate all the info - we'll have a 1 year old so makes things a bit different as we'll have buggy and all the other stuff so will probs just cab it to the port. We're traviling in october so hopefully queue will be dead!
 

elmooreo

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Been back from our trip a few days now, we were there from 14-21st October. Glad to say we got very lucky with the weather - I was getting bothered in the run up to leaving as we were forecast a lot of rain and storms. Thankfully after one bad afternoon on the day after we arrived and some more rain overnight things cleared and it was just perfect - mid twenties generally, a bit cloudy on some days but amazing compared to what it had been forecast!

The gamble really paid off as the island was very sleepy and the beaches were quiet. Driving was never an issue luckily - the roads are very narrow in some cases and in peak season I can imagine it being a nightmare, but we barely encountered much, just a few fellow tourists here and there. All the locals in the hotel and restaurants were very friendly and warm - even when our 1 year old decided to scream the place down on a few occasions! Favourite beach was cala saona but to be honest all the beaches were beautiful - Migjorn, illetes and Es Pujols were also visited - Illetes is breathtaking (but make sure you pack a picnic out of season as there were no restaurants open when we were there)....I was a bit worried that we'd struggle to find much open so late in the season but I was pleasantly surprised - here are a few of the places we ate at:

Restaurante Sol - Cala Saona. Ate here twice in the end as it was on our fave beach. First time we just did salads and a few bits to share which was really good - ordered ensalada mixta, 3 mains to share and had 2 glasses cava, canas and desserts - was around 120 euros. Second time we did paella de mariscos for 2 and they remembered us so service was great. Similar prices but given free boozy sorbetes for dessert and chupitos as well. Paella was up to standard, could have eaten it twice over was really good. There was a small chiringuito on the other side of the beach which we had drinks at later - hierbas here was home made and delicious. They did food as well which looked great but we didn't sample.

Sa Palmera - Es Pujols - There was less open round this way, you could tell loads of places had already closed down for the season, but this place did the job. Small and family run, plenty of locals eating here too which is a good sign. We had several canas, pan con aioli, I had a plate of sardines and my mrs had a plate of calamari all with chips and salad - 40 euros all in - great value! Sardines were amazing loads of flavour and a generous portion too.

Restaurante Es Calo - Es Calo - This place was recommended online somewhere - weather was so so on this day, was still early in the trip but sun was just about out so decided to settle in for lunch. Baby was really playing up here initially but they were great with her bringing her bread and toys etc and we got her to settle down. They specialised in fish/rice dishes. We went for "arroz a la marinera" which was essentially a brothy paella of sorts - was sensational. We had this as well as desserts, canas coffees etc. Think it was 115 euros all in. This place was a little out of the way but nowhere is far in Formentera!

Would gladly eat at any of these again. Also worth a mention - kiosko 62 - little chiringuito on Migjorn, little on the trendy side - very hippy and a core crowd of regulars singing along to music. A cool place to hang out and have a drink, although at 7 euros for 2 bottles of estrella galicia not the cheapest!

Really fell in love with Formentera would look to go similar time next year again if we can get a similar deal on accommodation!



 

2H76

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If it's "ECO" then I'd like to see the number of cars reduced In fact, I'd make it that only locals and registered disabled could drive cars between May 1 and Oct 15 - but in return the money raised from the tourist taxes would be put towards a better public transport system that ran much more frequently and covered more of the island so we can get to the tucked-away beaches that are currently accessible by car.

That's my little rant over!
 

fatphilb

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Has anyone rented a car through Trasmapi before? Getting a decent price for 2 open returns and a car. Assuming its full-full policy? Cant really see any info on it other than on the booking page.
 

elmooreo

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We had a car from Pro Auto in la savina - was very happy with them, not sure if they are close on price?
Most likely Trasmapi are in partnership with one of those places in la savina rather than them renting themselves.

They were full to full - although you'll do well to burn much petrol on formentera think we only used 15 euros worth over 6 days.
 

fatphilb

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We had a car from Pro Auto in la savina - was very happy with them, not sure if they are close on price?
Most likely Trasmapi are in partnership with one of those places in la savina rather than them renting themselves.

They were full to full - although you'll do well to burn much petrol on formentera think we only used 15 euros worth over 6 days.
Cheers man. Aye didnt think I'd get through much hence why I dont wanna be stung for a whole tank! I'd have gone electric but they are twice the price. I remember reading somewhere, or heard, that the ferry companies own a lot of the car hire places so wouldnt surprise me if they had a tie in, although I guess it's the same as ryanair hiring cars. Think I'll just go with it..I'd book the ferry now but will wait to the week before to make sure.my Formentera day has nice weather :)
 

Zapclub93

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Get an eBike and the wind on your face. No bus required in Formentera !!
Yes ... definitely recommend this too ... we paid €25 day hire so I guess more than some would want to pay but we explored quite a lot of the island easily in 5-6 hours even though it was very hot and really enjoyed the e-bikes ....
 
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