The town of Sant Francesc Xavier, located very close to the port of La Savina, is the capital of the island of Formentera. It is home to the Town Hall and other buildings of interest, such as its 18th century church.
With its whitewashed Mediterranean-style houses and local craft shops, it has become a must-see spot for anyone visiting the island. If you want to get to know it a little better, come and join us!
What to do in Sant Francesc Xavier?
The daily activity in Sant Francesc Xavier revolves around its main square, Plaça de la Constitució, where the Town Hall and the parish church of Sant Francesc Xavier are located.
This parish church, with a sober appearance, was built in the 18th century and was erected as a fortress to protect the town from corsair attacks. Its thick walls and iron-plated gate stand out. Next to the church, which was declared a site of cultural interest in 1996, there is a small cemetery known as Fossar Vell, restored by the architect Marià Castelló, which can also be visited in the mornings.
Opposite the church you can see the Town Hall or Casa Consistorial, a beautiful white building that is well worth a visit.
In Sant Francesc Xavier you will also find the oldest chapel on the island, built in 1336 and known as Sa Tanca Vella. It is a simple, austere, single-storey building that, according to legend, is full of tunnels and secret passages that connect it with the cave of San Valero, in Es Torrent s’Alga, one of the most surprising places on the island. Nowadays, although it is not used as a church, the building has been restored and can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday mornings. Other points of interest in the capital of Formentera are the Ethnographic Museum, with a permanent exhibition of ancient clothing, tools and utensils; and the Town Hall exhibition room, which has free admission.
Craft shops and flea markets in Sant Francesc Xavier
Can you imagine getting lost in the narrow streets of Sant Francesc Xavier? A stroll through this town with its Mediterranean atmosphere, full of small craft shops, is a real treat.
Evening time is the best time to discover its small shops, with handcrafted clothing, jewellery or decorative products. During this moment, the town exudes a calm and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for strolling around.
You can also discover its craft market, which is held every morning from May to October; or its well-known second-hand goods market, which you will find on Tuesday and Saturday mornings in the Jardí de Ses Eres, just behind the parish church, where you can take advantage of the opportunity to exchange different products. Sant Francesc Xavier, the capital of Formentera, has become one of the essential places to visit on the island. Here you can enjoy both the calm and peaceful atmosphere of its streets and the livelier atmosphere of its restaurants and tapas bars. Without a doubt, it’s a great plan for a pleasant day out in Formentera.