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“By far the best beach in Formentera!”
Review of Cala Saona

Cala Saona
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“By far the best beach in Formentera!”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Unlike most of the main beaches in Formentera, Cala Saona is narrow in width and deep in length, with fine white sand and a shallow access to the sea at the western end. It gets a lot of sun worshippers in the summer months so can be crowded near the water but there is plenty of room to stretch out further up.

The ochre and yellow cliffs are stunningly beautiful, with old fishing boat slips lining each side of the beach. Juan's kiosko on the south side is a favourite sunset bar, and restaurant Sol to the north is a busy and fun place for lunch or dinner (open April to September). Sol is also a favourite for the many boats that moor offshore in season. The Hotel Cala Saona at the top of the beach has a pool and wifi in the bar for those needing a splash of 21st century. Chacala, the other restaurant in Cala Saona, is beautifully placed for sunset drinks, and is under new management as of 2012 so should regain popularity after a decade of mismanagement.

Walk north along the cliffs toward Es Calo den Trui and several other coves for solitary bathing!

Visited September 2012
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Just too crowded”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

This is a beautiful bay and, theory, ideal swimming for families in particular. However- the beach is now packed with sun loungers etc and we almost had to climb over people to get to the sea! The water there was also not as clear as elsewhere, presumably due to all the bodies (and sun cream) in it. A shame as beautiful otherwise.

Visited August 2012
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Livorno, Italy
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“don't go to the sand beach but...”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

I'm Italian.
...go on the stones a few meters from the beach to the right. You can go walking, by scooter, car or even swimming.
Cala saona itself is nice but crowded, just a replica of Illetes. The stone to the right are really the best in the island. Take a sun unmbrella with you, no sun repair.
Lot of nudist, most people cover themselves with argilla, let it dry and them swim to wash: seems very funny!

Visited July 2012
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Ivybridge
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“A Big Beach with a lovely Pretty Harbour.”
Reviewed September 20, 2011

We travelled to Calla Saona on our motorbike from Es Pujols the journey took about 20 mins and it is reached by good roads going through very pretty farmland, if you travelby moped it will take you twice as long and the bus takes about 45 mins. As you approach the village the density of mainly hire cars and mopeds rises dramatically as free parking is at a premium, but there is a large carpark situated to the right of the beach.
Access to this fine sandy beach is by a boardwalk between a biggish hotel and on the other side set back a bit , biggish beach restaurants, non of which we sampled.
Its about 200yds from the end of the boardwalk to the seafront across fine yellow sand, the beach itself is 400yds wide surrounded by quaint roughly assembeled fishing boat launch/slipways, these have probably here for centurys and make whole scene very picturesque.
The beach has about 300 sunbeds on it but there is plenty of space in front of them to plonk down your towel right by the waterside. Sunbeds x2 +1 umbrella costs £15, towel plonking costs £00.00.
Moored in the cove are several miilions of £s worth of yachts of all sizes.
We opted for sunbeds, these are reasonably placed apart.
Up on the left of the cove sits a small but very nice beach cafe with tables all in the shade, its run by a very affable Spaniard with not too high prices for snacks/ small meals etc.
For you photographers out ther, just climb up onto the cliffs on either and snap up some very high quality views.

Visited August 2011
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