Tabarca is the only inhabited island of the region that is 1800 m long, 400 m wide and has 40 residents, and in which everything is prohibited: camping, waterskiing and obviously building. If you prefer a quieter place and want to avoid all the hustle of the tourists, you should visit Tabarca during the summer months. This island shows the real meaning of peace and tranquility.
The island is divided in two zones: the northern zone is formed by a natural park and dreaming scenery with a lighthouse, a bunker and a cemetery. The southern zone consists of the living area, which reminds of a large building site, in spite of the building ban. Many old houses are abandoned and in ruins, but others were rather restored. Both zones are separated by the only beach and the port area. This place is a nice destination for the whole family.
From a narrow footpath which surrounds the island, you can have a wonderful view from the coast. A city wall with three doors surrounds the village. The most remarkable building is the house of the governor. The underwater world is under conservation since 1986 and is very popular among scuba divers. The bottom of the sea is similar to a meadow, and that is why is called “Posidonia Oceánica”. In this reserve, it is prohibited anchoring ships and going underwater fishing with oxygen bottles without having a prior permission.
To reach this island, it is better to take the ferry (Katamaran) from Santa Pola. The journey time lasts about 25 minutes. A trip to this island is worthwhile because of its outstanding fish restaurants and its fantastic view of the mainland. However, in the off-season period almost all stores and hotels are closed. The round trip from Santa Pola costs 15 euros for adults and 10 euros for children. There are also good ferry routes from Torrevieja and Alicante.
Current pictures of the Tabarca Island.