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Second year of Formentera Astronòmica shows tourists and residents the best of the island's night sky

foto 2022 fa CThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report that this weekend the island welcomed the second Formentera Astronòmica. Approximately 100 adults, including residents and tourists, joined some of the activities organised during the festival and discovered part of the exciting universe of the stars.

Children's activities were also very well attended. Over the course of the weekend 500 children made crafts and visited the planetarium in Sant Francesc's Plaça de la Constitució, where an astrophysicist expert in astronomy education talked to children about the cosmos.

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Vice President Ferrer expressed her satisfaction with the event, which was enthusiastically received by visitors and local star lovers alike. Formentera's low light pollution makes the island an ideal place to enjoy the night sky, and Ferrer pointed out that Formentera had begun steps to become a "Starlight" destination, a network of the best places in the world for stargazing.

Programme

The daytime part of the event, in Sant Francesc, included talks in a hotel and workshops in Plaça de la Constitució. The nocturnal part was carried out in several natural places with little light pollution. Apart from a melding with gastronomy that included two themed dinners with stargazing, participants travelled into space through telescopes and took part in a night photography workshop. Javier Aranda, an acclaimed, Michelin-starred chef, cooked with local chef Juan Exojo at a dinner with journalists and speakers.

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Speakers specialised in astronomy included Carlos Briones, researcher at CSIC; Manuel González, astronomer; Eva Ramírez, INECO expert; Asier Arranz, AI and astronomy specialist at Nvidia; Dalila Dawid, night photography expert; Miguel Ángel Molina, general manager of space at GMV; Rosa Rodríguez of SOCIB.

The Formentera Astronomical Association (AAF) once again collaborated in the event. Two night observations of the cosmos were carried out with the help of new AAF telescopes.

9 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

 

Tenth Formentera20 helps position island in digital landscape

foto 2022 f20 AThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report that this weekend the tenth Formentera20 was held. For four days, experts in digital culture, communication and creativity shared ideas and talent in various spaces on the island in an intimate event for fifty lovers of the digital ecosystem.

Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President and Councillor of Tourism, voiced her satisfaction at celebrating ten years of an event that draws experts in communication and marketing to Formentera. "It has also brought 50 individuals who, through social media, help position Formentera as a focal point in social media and the press", she added, "and that is another reason to celebrate".

Rosa Castells, director of Formentera20, Rosa Castells, said the tenth edition of the event would include firsts such as "visiting experts from the biggest platforms of the moment such as Netflix, Meta (Facebook), Twitter, Prisa, TikTok and others, as well as leading lights of the trade like publicist Toni Segarra, Vasava co-founder Bruno Sellés and Isabelita Virtual".

Participants' proximity created the conditions for a real network and exchange of ideas that will serve as a starting point for new projects at an event that, once again this year, was summed up under the slogan #DisconnectToConnect.


9 May 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Second Formentera Astronòmica unveils planetarium to bring the stars to the children of Formentera

foto 2022 planetarium AThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report that the second Formentera Astronòmica will take place between 6 and 8 May. Among the activities on the programme, which can be found on https://www.formenteraastronomica.com, there is a free activity for children and young people.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 2.00pm, and Friday and Saturday from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, 20 sessions will be held at the planetarium. During 40-minute session, an astrophysicist specialised in the didactics of astromomy will explain to interested children our cosmos. Reservations are not required, but space at activities is limited.

The planetarium will be set up in Plaça de la Constitució. On Friday morning, school children will visit. Children's workshops will also be held in the morning. The event will additionally feature the return of a drawing contest for children 14 and under called "The Star Tourist". Contest submissions will be accepted until 6 May at concurso@formenteraastronomica.com.

4 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera presents promotional activities in Rome and Bilbao

foto 2022 discover F in MThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report on the promotional activities it is carrying out this week. Between 6 and 8 May, the island will be present at two fairs: Roma Travel Show 2022, in Italy, and Expovacaciones, in Bilbao.

At a stand at the RTS, Tourespaña will promote Formentera among Italian travellers, the island's second largest source market. In Bilbao, promotional material will be available at a stand dedicated exclusively to Formentera.

"The fairs are aimed at end users in Spain and Italy, among whom Formentera inspires great interest, and niche media outlets will be present as well", explained Carlos Bernús, chief of the Formentera Office of Tourism Promotion. Bernús pointed out that Rome and Bilbao alike "have very good connections with the Eivissa airport".

Promotional programme

Promotional activities continue this week. At 12.30pm on Wednesday 4 May, Onda Cero's programme "Más de Uno Mallorca", with Elka Dimitrova and Agustín El Casta, will broadcast live from the Consell de Formentera auditorium. This collaborative effort aims to draw tourists from the nearby islands during the low season. The event is open to the public.

Gastronomy

Against the backdrop of Formentera's Gastronomic Weekends initiative, which started last weekend and continues through the next, the Office of Tourism Promotion is backing the visit of 15 fine-dining influencers who reach roughly 3 million followers.

Efforts to promote travel to Formentera focus on the late season and cater to quality tourism, i.e. individuals who are respectful of the environment and interested in sports, cultural programming and local heritage.


3 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera's art and craft markets prepare to start the new season with pre-pandemic normality

The Formentera Office of Commerce is pleased to report that Sunday 1 May, art and craft markets on the island will begin opening for the 2022 season. Activity begins in the markets of La Mola, Sant Francesc and Es Pujols on 1 May; the market in La Savina opens 16 May and the craft and art markets of Sant Ferran starts 28 May.

Ana Juan, President and Councillor of Commerce, hailed the return to normal and lifting of capacity restrictions at the markets in 2022, something she described as "good news for Formentera artisans, one of the many communities that needs for things to get back to normal; for islanders, who enjoy the markets too; and for tourists, who appreciate the markets as part of what makes Formentera unique".

For two years, COVID-19 restrictions prevented the normal functioning of the markets and the Consell de Formentera subsidised one hundred per cent of the fees that vendors pay to conduct business on public land under municipal jurisdiction.

Hours will be the same as before the pandemic:

Mercat artesà de la Mola. Wednesdays and Sundays, 4.30pm to 10.00pm. From 1 May to 12 October.
Mercat de Sant Francesc. Monday to Sunday, 10.00am to 2.00pm. From 1 May to 30 October.
Mercat de la Savina. Monday to Sunday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 12 midnight. From 16 May to 30 September.
Mercat des Pujols. Monday to Sunday, 7.00pm to midnight. From 1 May to 30 October.
Mercat artístic i artesà de Sant Ferran. Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8.00pm to 12 midnight. From 28 May to 1 October.
Second-Hand Market of Sant Francesc. Tuesdays and Saturdays, from 11.00am to 2.00pm. Year round.


26 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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