Island of Tabarca

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This island 1800 meters long and 300 meters wide (at its widest point), has the privilege of being the only inhabited island in the Region of Valencia.

It is located 3 miles southeast of Santa Pola cape and 8 miles from Alicante.


In 1964 he earned the distinction of Historic and Artistic Monument and in 1986 was turned into the first area declared by the State as a Marine Reserve.


The inhabitants of the island come from another island off the coast of Tunisia called Tabarka. In 1741 these people of Genoese origin who lived in Tabarka were enslaved by the king of Tunisia, until in 1770, Carlos III rescued them and placed on this island, which initially Isla Plana or New Tabarca was called. In the end they accepted the current name of Tabarca. Thus, Carlos III thought that the fact of inhabiting the island could deter pirates from their constant raids on the island.

It was fortified with ramparts and bastions, and fishing was the priority economic base for decades.


As regards its heritage: the walls of the island, San Rafael, which makes up the communication channel between the city and countryside, San Miguel Gate, the Gate of San Gabriel and the magnificent Church of San Pedro and Saint Paul. Also the Tower of San Jose, the Lighthouse and the Governor’s House, now converted into a hotel. Since we are talking about hotel offer, you can stay in any of the four hotels that Tabarca offers. It also has an interesting museum dedicated to the island in the building of the “Almadraba”.


Do not forget to have a Tabarca style Caldero (fish stew that takes its name from the cauldron where it is prepared). Its seabed is impressive.


From Alicante, the company Kontiki Cruise connects the capital of the Costa Blanca with the island. In summer it works every day. In low season, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Normally there is no service from November to February . The journey is approximately 45 minutes.

From Santa Pola, boats leave daily from the port, as it is just 25 minutes from Santa Pola. In winter there are 2-3 boats per day except the months when there is no service: usually from November to February.

From Torrevieja, “Marítimas Torrevieja” also connects the “Salt city” with the island, and ends its season from November to February.


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