Lying 3 miles off the cape of Santa Pola on Spain's Costa Blanca is the lovely Tabarca Island. Declared a protected bird sanctuary and marine conservation area in 1986, its pristine coastline and crystal clear waters attract up to 3,000 visitors per day in the peak summer season. With no gasoline powered vehicles allowed on the island it remains a haven for visitors in search of a tranquil setting to enjoy a day of swimming and sun bathing.
Tabarca Island Boat Trips
Boat trips to Tabarca Island are available from a number of the Costa Blanca's towns and cities including Torrevieja, Alicante, Benidorm, and of course Santa Pola. There is a choice of boats available, the most popular being a glass bottomed one where passengers can enjoy beautiful views of the underwater world. Tabarca is famed for its seafood restaurants and it's not unusual to see some of the more affluent mainland residents and holidaymakers bombing over on powerful speedboats just to dine on the wonderful selection of fresh fish and seafood.
The Island's Attractions
Being a protected reserve, many nature enthusiasts visit the island to explore the abundance of interesting flora & fauna, both on land and snorkelling or scuba diving below the waves. Measuring 400 metres wide and 1,800 metres long, Tabarca enjoys a pleasant combination of secluded beaches, rocky coves and vertical cliffs all connected by a series of nature trails. Historical buildings include San Pablo and San Pedro churches, an old lighthouse and the impressive Governor House (Casa del Gobernador).
Wining & Dining
Depending on which part of the Costa Blanca visitors take the boat trip from, drop of and return times vary and some of the longer journeys only run once a day. This means visitors will be on the island for around 6 or 7 hours before the journey back, so be prepared to either spend quite a bit of money in the restaurants of Tabarca Island or simply bring along a picnic. Having said this, those who love seafood should at least treat themselves to one of the fantastic dishes on the restaurant menus after all, they are famous 🙂