a jewel in the middle of the Mediterranean
Tabarca is the only inhabited island in the Valencian Community and is located in front of the city of Alicante, eleven nautical miles away and near the Cape of Santa Pola. In reality, more than an island, it is a small archipelago, composed, in addition to Tabarca, by the islets La Cantera, La Galera and La Nao. It has an approximate length of 1,800 meters and a maximum width of about 400 meters.
Its coasts were once home to a refuge for Barbary pirates. In the 18th century, Carlos III ordered the fortification and construction of a town in which to house several families of fishermen from Genoa who were captives in the Tunisian city of Tabarka. The walls that surround its urban nucleus have been declared a Historic-Artistic Site and Asset of Cultural Interest.
There are multiple departures, with more or less regularity depending on the season, from the port of Alicante on a comfortable promenade lasting approximately one hour. It can also be accessed from Santa Pola or Benidorm.
Once on the island, visitors will be able to enjoy coves and beaches with transparent waters and a picturesque fishing port, with an excellent offer of restaurants, with the possibility of tasting the traditional cauldron, the typical dish of the island. It is recommended to walk through the urban nucleus and visit the museum of the island. The visitor can stay on the island itself due to the opening of accommodation establishments in recent years.