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Cala Saona Formentera

Cala Saona

One of the few beaches in Formentera with the designation of “cala” (cove) is Cala Saona.
It is a spacious sandy beach protected by two low cliffs on either side.
Its western location makes it ideal for enjoying the sunset over the horizon.

  • Among the few coves in Formentera
  • Shallow water depth
  • Breathtaking views from the cliffs
  • West orientation
  • Magnificent sunset
  • Paddle surf rental
Cala Saona, Formentera
Cala Saona Formentera

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Everything you need to know about Cala Saona

Cala Saona in Formentera is one of the natural gems you shouldn’t miss during your visit to this beautiful island. Situated between Punta Rasa and Caló d’en Trull, Cala Saona stands out as one of the best coves in Formentera and one of the most famous and visited beaches on the island. What makes Cala Saona special is its unique combination of low cliffs with reddish earth, a wide sandy shore surrounded by dunes and forests, and above all, the spectacular view of the turquoise sea seen from above.

At Cala Saona beach, you can relax and enjoy the sun from early morning until sunset, as it is an ideal spot to witness the sunset over the horizon.

Cala Saona Formentera

Please note…..

Despite the large sandy beach of Cala Saona, during certain times of the summer, it can be crowded with visitors, giving a sense of being “completely full.”

The existing dune in the area, extending up to about 25 meters from the shore, significantly reduces the available space to place your towel and beach mat. Even if you arrive early and initially have more separation from other visitors on Cala Saona beach, it’s highly likely that you’ll end up surrounded by more people who want to be as close as possible to the shoreline.

If you prefer greater comfort, you will find three concession areas on Cala Saona beach where you can rent sun loungers and umbrellas. The regulated price (at the time of writing this text) is €10 per item.

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How to reach Cala Saona

Getting to Cala Saona is very easy and convenient, as you will be driving on asphalt for almost the entire journey, without the need to take dirt or dusty roads that are characteristic of Formentera.

If you’re starting from the port of La Savina, you should head towards the town of Sant Francesc.

Once you reach Sant Francesc, at the first roundabout, continue straight ahead. At the second roundabout, take the first exit to the right onto PMV-820-1 road heading south towards Cap de Barbaria, one of the two lighthouses that you mustn’t miss during your visit to Formentera.

After approximately 4 kilometers, you will find a signposted junction on the right that will take you directly to Cala Saona.

If you prefer public transportation, you have the option of taking bus line 5 from La Savina or Sant Francesc, which will take you to Cala Saona.

Parking at Cala Saona

Once you arrive at Cala Saona, you have several parking options where you can leave your car or motorcycle and start enjoying this beautiful cove on the west coast of Formentera.

If you follow the road, you will reach the entrance of Hotel Cala Saona, where there is a large dirt parking area where you can park for free.

In the unlikely event that this parking area is full, you can choose to continue further between the houses and the restaurant to park on the cliffs and behind Restaurant Sol.

If you choose this spot to park in Cala Saona, you will have a spectacular view of the beach from the height, and you can capture an amazing photo to share on Instagram with all your followers.

From this point on the cliffs, you can also enjoy a distant view to the northwest, where you can see the neighboring island of Ibiza, the islets of Es Vedrà and Es Vedranell, as well as the ancient Tower of La Gavina, which protected the coast from pirate attacks in this part of Formentera.

Eating at Cala Saona

While you enjoy the natural beauty of Cala Saona, don’t miss the opportunity to explore its culinary offerings.
On the left side of the beach, you will find a beach bar where you can refresh yourself with drinks and enjoy a simple menu of cold dishes.
This beach bar is the perfect place to take a break from the sun and salt, relax in the shade, and indulge in a snack while enjoying the panoramic views offered by its elevated position overlooking Cala Saona beach.

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In addition to the beach bar, you’ll find several restaurants in the Cala Saona area that offer authentic local cuisine. These restaurants are famous for their specialties of fresh island fish, flavorful rice dishes, and exquisite seafood prepared in various styles.
We recommend making a reservation in advance, as these places tend to be very popular among both visitors and locals.

A special mention goes to the restaurant at Hotel Cala Saona. Although it is part of the hotel, it is open to non-guests and offers a unique culinary experience with sophisticated and creative cuisine, all while enjoying an idyllic view of Cala Saona beach.

Whether you choose to dine there for lunch or dinner, you’ll be able to savor carefully prepared dishes while taking in the breathtaking views of Cala Saona. Don’t miss the opportunity to have an unforgettable dinner while witnessing a beautiful sunset at this restaurant.

Cala Saona Formentera

Lifeguards in Cala Saona

The safety of visitors is a priority at this beach in Formentera, which is why it has a team of lifeguards hired by the Consell Insular de Formentera. These highly trained and dedicated professionals ensure the well-being of swimmers at all times.

It is important to pay attention to and follow the lifeguards’ instructions. They are knowledgeable about the sea conditions and the safe swimming areas. It is particularly important to respect the designated zones for boat navigation, as these areas are exclusively for inflatable boats with outboard motors. This helps to prevent any accidents between swimmers and boats.

The lifeguards can also provide information about sea conditions, the presence of jellyfish, and administer first aid in case of any mishaps among visitors to Cala Saona beach.

Paddel Surf & Kayak in Formentera

In Cala Saona, you will find rental services for paddleboards and kayaks, which will provide you with the freedom to venture into the turquoise waters and discover hidden and secluded places. You can gently paddle along the coast, explore marine caves, and enjoy panoramic views of the breathtaking cliffs that surround the cove. It’s an exhilarating experience that allows you to connect with nature and admire the beauty of the marine environment in a unique way.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that Cala Saona is a zone frequented by boats, including their auxiliary boats. Therefore, when engaging in any water sports, it is essential to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings.

Cala Saona Formentera

Make sure to follow safety regulations and respect the space of the boats in the area. By doing so, you will have a pleasant and safe experience while exploring the wonderful corners that this part of Formentera has to offer.

So, if you’re a water sports enthusiast, don’t hesitate to rent a paddleboard or kayak in Cala Saona.

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Sunset in Cala Saona

As the day comes to an end, Cala Saona transforms into a perfect setting to witness a dreamy sunset. As the sun gently glides towards the horizon, the sky is adorned with golden and rosy hues, creating an atmosphere of serenity and indescribable beauty.

From the beach, you can gaze at the sun slowly sinking into the sea, leaving behind a radiant trail that reflects its last gleam of light. This magical glow combines with the crystal-clear waters, creating a symphony of colors that will leave you breathless.

To the left of the beach, the majestic cliffs of Punta Rasa rise, forming an impressive silhouette against the sunset sky. These rock formations add a touch of drama and beauty to the scene, providing a perfect backdrop for this natural spectacle.


In the distance, next to the coast of Ibiza, you will catch a glimpse of the mysterious islet of Es Vedrà, whose silhouette stands out against the horizon. With its imposing presence, Es Vedrà adds a touch of mysticism and charm to the sunset experience in this corner of Formentera.

While you enjoy the tranquility of this magical moment, you can accompany it with a cocktail from one of the restaurants or beach bars in the area.

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