Tabarca is the only inhabited island of the Valencian community and is also a protected marine reserve with a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. The Tabarca Island has 1800m length and a total area of 30 hectares.
Tabarca Island was inhabited since ancient times, there are Greek texts that they name it as “Planesia” and there have found Roman remains such as a necropolis and amphorae, but it was not until 1427 when it was decided to implement a defensive system against privateers since the island was used by the Barbary pirates who used it as a base to attack the coasts of Valencia and Alicante. There is evidence that in 1770 the first families settled on the island by building houses and a fort, a church, the governor’s house and the town hall. It onlyrecently considered starting tourist tours on Alicante and in 2013 had only 59 inhabitants.
Visits to Tabarca Island
Visits toTabarca Island are usually carried out on day trips from Alicante, the exits are made from the marina with a journey time of one hour. But there are also trips on boats leaving from the ports of Santa Pola, which is only 8km from the island, and Benidorm. During the visit you will enjoy the 2 beaches of the island, Playa de Tabarca located south and Playa de Puerto Viejo in the north. We can also bathe in its waters, dive or take a walk on the island visiting Faro de Tabarca, the port or Iglesia de San Pedro.
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