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L’octubre, mes ideal per redescobrir Formentera

foto btt-formenteraEl Consell de Formentera, a través de l'àrea de Turisme, presenta una nova edició de la campanya "Descobreix Formentera a l'octubre".

Com cada any, la campanya consta d'ofertes i valors afegits per atraure turisme a final de temporada. Així, els visitants poden obtenir importants descomptes en navilieres, lloguers de vehicles i allotjaments. Tota aquesta informació la podreu trobar actualitzada al web www.formentera.es.

La consellera de Turisme, Alejandra Ferrer ha animat als turistes que vinguin a conèixer la Formentera de fora de temporada alta, "encara tenim un clima agradable, així que els que ens visitin aquest octubre podran gaudir d'una nodrida agenda d'activitats culturals i esportives a un ritme més relaxat".

Aquest 2018 hi ha 2 navilieres, Trasmapi i Mediterranea Pitiusa, que participen a la campanya oferint descomptes del 25% al 35% en els bitllets. També hi ha 15 allotjaments que ofereixen descomptes de fins al 40% i 5 empreses de lloguer de vehicles i 2 empreses de submarinisme que participen a la campanya.

Caps de setmana Gastronòmics

Els dos primers caps de setmana d’octubre, (5, 6 i 7 / 12, 13 i 14) diversos restaurants de l'illa oferiran menús de gastronomia típica a 20 € (beguda no inclosa).

Gràcies a aquesta iniciativa, set restaurants de Formentera ofereixen menús gastronòmics dissenyats especialment per a aquesta ocasió, alguns restaurants opten per fer les receptes tradicionals i d’altres fan una versió renovada, amb reinterpretacions de la cuina típica formenterera, aportant una visió creativa sovint des de l'òptica de la cuina d'autor a un preu molt accessible.

Informació al següent enllaç: http://bit.ly/2MIru9P

SONEGPosidònia

Entre el 12 i el 14 d'octubre se celebrarà el Son Estrella Galicia Posidònia, una experiència integral de gastronomia, música, natura i patrimoni.

Música: Cartell secret d'artistes alternatius en formats acústics i elèctrics
Gastronomia: propostes gastronòmiques dels restaurants de Formentera amb col·laboració d’un xef estrella Michelín vingut de Galícia.
Natura: rutes amb guia local pels paratges més representatius de Formentera i actuacions en format acústic a càrrec de músics locals

Informació al següent enllaç: http://bit.ly/2MOiWOK

Save Posidonia Forum

Seguint l'estela del Festival Save Posidonia del 2017, enguany es realitzarà un Forum, el dia 19 d'octubre, en el que hi participaran biòlegs, ONG’s com Greenpeace, Oceana o WWF.

Informació al següent enllaç: https://www.saveposidoniaproject.org/

Entre el 12 i el 14 d'octubre tindrà lloc el Formentera ZEN. Quarta edició d'aquest certamen que dedica tres jornades a la salut i el benestar físic i emocional. Mindfulness, fira d'alimentació saludable, ioga, espais de divulgació i formació i moltes activitats més.
Més informació i inscripcions a: http://formenterazen.es/?lang=ca

A més, l'11 i 12 d'octubre se celebren les Festes del Pilar de la Mola, que comptaran amb música en viu, balls tradicionals, activitats per a petits i processó entre d’altres activitats.

També restaran oberts el Mercat Artesà de la Mola i el Mercat Artístic de Sant Ferran.

Esdeveniments esportius

Pel que fa als esdeveniments esportius el 6 d'octubre es farà el Triatló Illa de Formentera i l’Sprint illa de Formentera. www.triatlonformentera.com

El 12 d'octubre se celebrarà la XXIII Pujada a la Mola i entre el 26 i el 28 d'octubre la Volta Cicloturista a Formentera. www.unisportconsulting.com/formenterabttrace

Així mateix, Amics de Formentera ha organitzat la Volta a Peu de la tardor que tindrà lloc entre l’11 i el 14 d'octubre. Una volta a l'illa caminant en grup i per etapes.

Podeu consultar el programa i les inscripcions a: http://amicsdeformentera.cat/

Formentera retakes Estany des Peix

foto estany des peix 2Formentera Council chief Jaume Ferrer was joined by his administration's environment secretary, Daisee Aguilera; two deputy chairs, Susana Labrador and Bartomeu Escandell; and Compromís party spokesman Omar Juan in unveiling the broad terms of a project to regulate use of Estany des Peix.

Ferrer said the announcement came after “a great deal of reaching across the aisle between our senior cabinet team and other parties”. According to the Council chairman, the consensus between the local administration and the two agencies responsible for managing the lake (the ministry of environment of the Balearics and the national coastal authority) was linked to similar non-partisan cooperation.

Regulating use of Estany des Peix

Improper use of the estany, or "lake", has driven significant degradation of the surrounding area. The sole government agencies with jurisdiction at Estany des Peix are the Balearic environment ministry and Madrid's Demarcación de Costas.

Given the lake's importance both from an ecological standpoint and for the local community, the Formentera Council has put together a proposal to make it easier for the responsible authorities to do their job. Warm reception has so far made possible the proposal's advance through the approval process.

Architects of the proposal hope to strike a balance between two overarching aims: one, securing the area's healthy environmental regeneration, and two, preserving the lake's time-honoured use as a docking point for small watercraft.

The action areas of the proposal were worked out between the administration's component party representatives. The proposed project would benefit from the so-called “Sustainable Tourism Levy” and its engineers bank on getting the responsible authorities' go-ahead in order to implement and administer the new system here locally.

The project

Requiring €540,000 to get off the ground, the project would mean 285 moorage spots in all—207 in the traditional style and 78 which would take the form of environmentally-friendly jetties. Anchoring will be prohibited along parts of the shoreline with designated protected habitats. The removal of mooring blocks from the bottom of the lake is planned as well.

Regulated use of Estany des Peix is part of the collaborative effort, ahead of completion of the island's nautical club, to win approval for a dock in La Savina port. With numerous mooring spots planned, that dock would be the first step towards the return of local sailing activity to the port. Efforts are also under way to equip the port with a dry stack marina to allow for multi-watercraft storage.

Care recipients at Formentera's 'day centre' learn to make toothpaste

foto taller pasta de dents 3Islanders obtaining care at the local facility for dependent individuals got a lesson this morning in all-natural toothpaste-making. The initiative was made possible by Jorien and Guille of Eco Bus America and Duo Todo.

Perambulating Europe in a van, the two youths are on a mission to raise awareness about environmental issues through organised classes, workshops and talks. On the island this week thanks to an invitation from hometown association Qué Celeste, the twosome will visit more than just Formentera's centre de dia (literally "day centre" in Catalan), they'll also be stopping in at local schools—to offer tips on life without plastic, and to talk about the project hatched by Jorien to traverse the Americas from south to north, educating school children in towns along the way.

Today, as Jorien and Guille walked up to the dependent care centre, the task at hand was a simple, hands-on workshop where attendees would learn to concoct a natural toothpaste from coconut oil, baking soda and mint essential oil. The students diligently measured out the proper quantities of the ingredients, whipping the mix until it formed a gooey paste and placing the finished product in the refrigerator to cool. At the end, participants were left with a toothpaste free of additives and microplastics.

The pair will repeat the experiment this Thursday and Friday at primary schools in Sant Francesc and La Mola, leaving organic toothpaste to the pupils at each school.

Qué Celeste festival turns three

The Formentera stop on Jorien and Guille's eco adventure is part of the run-up to the third Festival Qué Celeste. At 8.00pm this Thursday the festival kicks off in the Sant Ferran square with a demonstration of the duo's project and ensuing screening of a documentary called “Sonic Sea”. There will be a discussion following the film and then an acoustic concert by Eco Bus America and Duo Todo's Jorien and Guille.

The festival's main events hit Friday and Saturday at 5.00pm, when the town square hosts workshops, displays of recycled art, talks, circus demos and musical performances until two in the morning.

Autumn and winter courses and workshops on Formentera

foto curs tek per a adultsThe Formentera Council wishes to unveil its autumn and winter catalogue of courses and workshops for young people and adults. Culture and education secretary Susana Labrador says the goal is to offer a diverse array of learning opportunities for islanders' professional and personal development. “We slot these classes into the low season to make participating as easy as possible for people who work during the summer and have more time for courses and workshops in the autumn and winter”.

The course catalogue is organised as follows:

Art and creation

Every year a series of now classic art classes are on tap. Take Teresa Matilla's course on creation and painting, woodworking with Aaron Keydar, or Remedios Castillo's pottery class, all of which begin in November and go through March.

Islanders will notice three new additions this year among the art and creation workshops. One course running November to February proposes to teach students how to handcraft canvas espardenyes. Jackie Katz will lead another (divided in two modules; October to November and January to February) on textiles and clothing design. Fran Lucas will lead a third, intro to watercolours.

Audiovisual communication

After the success that met last year's début run, a beginners' level course to familiarise islanders with the basics of digital photo will resume this year. Jose Antonio Arribas will oversee the one-month course in November. Arribas will also branch out this year with a workshop on mobile-phone photography.

Performing arts

This year in the field of performing arts, Espai_F is back with the cultural group's Aula de Teatre. This “theatre class” is pitched as an adults' workshop on theatrical creation encompassing three areas: acting, voice and movement. Led by Miquel Costa, Xènia Fuertes and Valeria del Vecchio, instruction is scheduled from October to March.

Professional development

The social welfare department organises courses for out of work islanders. This year they will once again offer a course on social and cultural integration, in November and then again in March.

Body and mind

La Mola's Casa del Poble is teeing up a series of fitness and wellness workshops covering Tai chi, Pilates, gymnastics for maintenance, yoga, meditation, dance and movement.

Four new workshops have made their way onto this year's catalogue: intro to chess and choir, plus movement and music, both for children. Casa del Poble workshops begin in October.

For more information and details on how to sign up, visit the Casa del Poble in La Mola or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Language courses

This year will see the return of courses on Catalan, Italian and English. The free Catalan courses will be offered by the Council's “Language Advisory Service” (SAL for its initials in Catalan) at the A2, B1, B2 and C1 levels. Signups start September 25 and conclude October 10. Classes begin October 15 and 16, though the end of instruction will be adapted to the official exams tentatively scheduled for January or February 2019.

Each year the Council puts on English and Italian courses as well. The former are given by Nancy McConachie and the latter by Rodolfo Taccheo. Both are available for beginning as well as advanced students and are scheduled to begin afternoons in January.

Local pastimes

This year, the Sant Ferran retirees club is offering its own catalogue of courses and workshops on time-honoured activities like sewing, cane chair repair, basket-weaving and wool spinning. Additional courses offering instruction on cooking and tips for students of traditional dance, or colles de ball, on the proper way to wear folk clothing. These courses begin in November and signups are handled directly by Sant Ferran's Club de Jubilats.

Pre-registration

The first round of registration, or preinscripcions, can be done starting September 19. Enrolment for November workshops will be open through October 19. Islanders interested in the English and Italian courses, which begin in January, have until December 14 to register.

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