In our previous post, we realised that Tabarca Island is a treasure within reach of the many visitors to nearby cities such as Benidorm, Alicante, Santa Pola, La Marina, Guardamar, Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa. It is located in the Mediterranean Sea, just 8 kilometers from the port of Santa Pola and 22 kilometers from Alicante. These are two of the main cities from where daily, in summer, ships sail from their ports to reach the tabarca coast. But it is also accessible from the ports of Torrevieja and Guardamar.
While our boat is approaching to Tabarca, we begin to see small coves and beaches with clear waters, and the fishing port where we can dock our boat or speedboat.
Amongst the island’s tourist highlights are a wide range of restaurants, whose specialty is the traditional caldero (stew), the typical dish of the island. Undoubtedly, the local fish are the main ingredient in the tabarcan kitchen: All types of rice including black rice and noodles.
A visit to Tabarca invites you to walk through it’s ancient walls and enter the different ports of Levante or San Rafael; Trancada or San Gabriel; la da Tierra, Alicante or San Miguel. Other beautiful places that are well worth a visit is the Church of St. Pedro and St. Pablo, the Tower of San Jose and the Tabarca Lighthouse and the New Tabarca Museum, located in the Almadrava building.
The main celebrations of Tabarca held on 29th of June, coinciding with the day of San Pablo and San Pedro. However, especially July and August are the months with the highest number of visitors to this small Alicantian island which has less than 100 inhabitants.
And for those who enjoy diving, Tabarca Island offers a friendly and environmental marine reserve with more than 1.400 hectares of crystal clear waters surrounding the island. It was declared, on 14th April 1983, the first marina reserve in Spain. No doubt, this is a spectacular marine haven for flora and fauna both located in this privileged environment of the Mediterranean Sea. The flora that can be found in its waters is mainly composed of sea beds with green and red algae. And the marine life is given by numerous shoals of groupers, dots, chernes, dentones, gilt-head bream, snappers, salpas and obladas. And sometimes you can spot nacre lobsters, gornorias, sea urchins, starfish, sponges and loggerhead turtles. In the best case, even friendly dolphins.
Everyone wanting to dive should have included in their travel bag, diving goggles and snorkel.