We always recommend that anybody visiting Alicante also, if they can, set aside a day to visit the island of Tabarca. The island is the only one in the Valencian community that is inhabited. Formed by the smaller islands of La Cantera, La Nao and La Galera, Tabarca is an archaeological and not an actual island – although everybody calls it one.
It is quite small, but it is stunning and it stands out for its utterly fascinating and natural environment. As small as it may be, there is still plenty to see and do which is why we decided to put this mini-guide together for you.
do you get to get to Tabarca Island?
Probably the best way to get Tabarca island is from Benidorm. The trip is worth settling down for too and enjoying because it is going to take just over an hour to get there. You are going to have plenty of time to sit, relax and enjoy the views and the sounds of the waves lapping against the boat.
Did we mention the views? As you pull away from the mainland coast, you are going to be treated to the most amazing view of Benidorm that you have ever seen.
When you get to the island, one of the first things that you are going to notice is the crystal clear waters that surround it – perfect for snorkelling. Fishing is regulated here, so it is probably best to leave your speargun. However, there are plenty of underwater delights waiting for you form all manner of fish and octopuses to submerged caves.
Several Roman ships are known to have sunk here, leaving their remains on the seabed – who knows what you might find. Alternatively, what is better than a little sunbathing in hidden, secluded coves?
If you enjoy taking in the culture, traditions and architecture of the places that you visit, then the church on Tabarca has to be on your hit list of places to go and see. The building was erected in 1770, as was the rest of the fortification of the island.
There are impressive views offered by the church, sitting the way that it does above the sea. There are impressive views to be had of island coves and the Mediterranean Sea. Do not forget to take your camera, because you will most definitely regret it if you do.
When you first enter the village that is on the Island, you are going to see the gate know as La Puerta de San Rafael. This is another very camera-friendly moment so again, make sure you take one with you.
At the other end of the island can be found the other gated entrance to the village, this one coming from the natural old wharf.
Tabarca's lighthouse has been refurbished several times over the years. These days the building serves as host to a biological laboratory. The laboratory serves the Tabarca Marine Reserve. You should visit this while you are on the island, you will not regret it.
Tabarca is waiting for you, so don’t miss out.