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Formentera qualifies a new master artisan and 5 new artisans

foto 2022 cartes artesanalsToday Ana Juan, President and Councillor of Commerce of the Consell de Formentera, and Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President, delivered six cartes d'artesania, or artisan cards, to islanders who successfully completed qualifying exams in October. Recipients include Hernán Gustavo Fernández, Master Artisan Jeweller; Yessica Camacho, Toys and Games Artisan; Maria Isabel Escandell, Costume Jewellery Artisan; Estefanía Hernández, Artisan Object Decorator; Beatriz Rivero, Artisan Jeweller, and Juan Zarco, Artisan Object Decorator.

President Juan congratulated the newly accredited craftworkers on their "efforts to train and grow in this trade, which speaks to the enthusiasm out there for crafts and wares made often by hand on Formentera". Juan noted that this year's exam was the first since 2017 and that it is the Consell's plan to continue giving local artisans the chance to attain accreditation. "Artisan markets are not only immensely valuable assets for tourism, but there is something distinctly Formentera about this modest industry; we need to take care of and promote it".

To receive their diploma, the individuals were evaluated by a panel of craftwork specialists of the Consell and master craftsmen and women. Examinees demonstrated production in their workshops to panel members, who asked practical questions about technique and process. Depending on whether they apply as artisans or master artisans, individuals must also show familiarity with basic notions of the craft, tools, equipment, the origin of the materials used, the process of preparation, handling, processing and finishing, as well as, among other subjects, safety and hygiene.

Today on Formentera there are 68 cardholding artisans, 11 master artisans and four honorary master artisans.

10 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Second national promotional circuit takes Formentera to Malaga, Seville and Bilbao

foto 2022 ruta nacional turismeThe Formentera Office of Tourism reports that this week local representatives will take part in a second promotional circuit featuring several cities of mainland Spain with good air connections to reach our island. Monday 9 May in Málaga, Tuesday 10 May in Seville and Wednesday 11 May in Bilbao, promotional roadshows are being held for the national press, travel agents and representatives of the tourism sector.

Carlos Bernús, head of promotion, said, "As always, representatives' work will involve promoting pre- and post-season sports and cultural activities which are tuned to draw domestic visitors, and highlighting the island's heritage, nature trails, ornithological routes, eco-gastronomy and more". Bernús himself will participate in these actions. In late April, the first national promotional circuit of 2022 included roadshows in València, Barcelona and Madrid.

Promotion in London

At 12 noon Thursday 12 May in the Green House Hotel of London, a presentation before some twenty members of the sustainability and tourism press will be geared towards reaching end readers with high purchasing power.

Then, Sunday 15 May, forty-one European travel agents will visit the island on a familiarisation, or "fam trip", which Bernús said was designed to "encourage participants to promote our destination by showing the friendliest side of the island in low season".

10 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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.


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

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