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Easter in Formentera

05 Apr 2017
Formotor

Easter holidays are perfect for taking a few days off and enjoying a holiday full of possibilities.

The days are longer and the temperatures are very mild. It’s still not as hot as in the summer so they aren’t sun, beach and sunbed holidays. They are the favourite holiday for those who want to enjoy the best of a paradise island without the crowds of the high season. Formentera those days is a calm paradise that invites long walks along the coast, enjoying the popular festive events and maybe treating yourself to your first swim this year.

Whether you are going to spend a full day in Formentera or if you decide to stay all week on the island don’t forget sunscreen and rent a car or a motorbike to enjoy an unforgettable easter week.

In Formentera the traditional processions are very common.

Throughout the four days of Easter Week different processions are celebrated in various localities although those of the capital are the most popular. The Brotherhoods of Believers, the name by which the guilds or brotherhoods of Formentera are known, go out in procession through the streets recreating the last days of Christ.

The events begin the ‘Diumenge de Rams’ – Palm Sunday- which celebrates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. Then there are processions every day ending the week of celebrations on Easter Sunday with the procession of the ‘Encontre’ that shows us the resurrected Jesus who is reunited with his mother.

They are festivities with a very popular colour in which locals and visitors go out to the street to enjoy the festive ambience. At noon a popular meal is shared whose main dish is the cuinat – a stew of vegetables and legumes – accompanied by a good peasant wine and for dessert a piece of flaó – cheesecake with mint – ‘bunyols’ and ‘orelletes’.

To counteract the effects of so much food and so much procession nothing better than taking a walk around the villages before taking the car or motorbike back to the hotel or the ferry. The island has many ‘green routes’ to get to know the most natural Formentera, along the paths of pine and sabina forests, appreciating its dry stone walls, the fig trees, the roads and the wells Especially recommended are the walks to Cavall de’n Borras or the path of Es Brolls that borders the great salt water lagoon of the ‘Estany Pudent’ where you can admire the ducks, herons and flamingos.

And if you like nautical sports you must go to the port of La Savina to see the spectacular arrival of the 45 sailboats participating in the Ophiusa Regatta and the final trophy presentation party.

As you can see, there is much to do and especially to enjoy in Formentera during Easter.

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