Tabarca Island

 

Tabarca Island, Alicante is an island where adventure meets the sun worshipper!

The island is the largest island in a small group (archipelago) of islands known as the ‘Islote de la Cantera’. Tabarca Island itself is a protected marine reserve and it is this that draws the scuba divers and snorkellers who swim amongst the vast numbers of fish and marine life that surround this little island.

The island is 1750 meters long, with a maximum breadth of 300 meters and it is absolutely flat. It is unique because it is the only island that is inhabited on the Alicante coast. The western end is remote, yet in stark contrast the eastern end is populated by the village of Nova Tabarca, which homes a small population of 100 people. The beach is small which the port backs onto. Coves are plentiful around the island and the waters are calm.

As you can imagine this island is very, very popular during the summer season. It is a mecca for everyone from the young to the old because it offers so much for the adventourous tourist.

The main activity of the local population is related to fishing and tourism becomes the main income of the island during summer, especially during July and August.

A visit to the island usually lasts one day. There are numerous departure times from the port of Alicante, although the regularity of these depends upon the time of year. The boat ride is comfortable and lasts for around one hour. The island can also be reached from Santa Pola and Benidorm.

Once on the island, visitors can enjoy the coves and beaches with their crystal-clear waters and a picturesque fishing port with excellent eateries offering the opportunity to try the traditional “caldero”, the island’s typical dish.We recommend a stroll through the town and a visit to the island’s museum.

Visitors can now even enjoy an overnight stay on the island, thanks to the recent opening of accommodation.