Tabarca Island, Alicante is an island where adventure meets the sun worshipper!
The island is the largest island in a small group (archipelago) of islands known as the 'Islote de la Cantera'. Tabarca Island itself is a protected marine reserve and it is this that draws the scuba divers and snorkellers who swim amongst the vast numbers of fish and marine life that surround this little island.
Why visit Tabarca Island ?
To enjoy the snorkelling and scuba diving,
To see the abundant Marine Life
Sunbathe at the beautiful beach and why not try 'cove-jumping',
For the delicious food at the numerous seafood restaurants,
To walk around the island, view the historic buildings that have been left by the previous inhabitants and learn about the history of Tabrca Island. 18th Century pirates once inhabited this island, who were closely followed by prisoners from Tunisia.
Stay overnight in one of the hotels on the island.
Island of Tabarca, Alicante Information
The island is 1750 meters long, with a maximum breadth of 300 meters and it is absolutely flat. It is unique because it is the only island that is inhabited on the Alicante coast. The western end is remote, yet in stark contrast the eastern end is populated by the village of Nova Tabarca, which homes a small population of 100 people. The beach is small which the port backs onto. Coves are plentiful around the island and the waters are calm.
As you can imagine this island is very, very popular during the summer season. It is a mecca for everyone from the young to the old because it offers so much for the adventourous tourist.
Fact: The island is part of a small archipelago made up of the islets La Cantera, La Galera and La Nao
The main activity of the local population is related to fishing and tourism becomes the main income of the island during summer, especially during July and August.
Getting To Isla de Tabarca - Information
Lying approximately 8 nautical miles (15 km) south southeast from Alicante and 5 nautical miles (9 km) east south east from Santa Pola this island can be accessed by one of the designated ferries leaving Santa Pola, Alicante or Torrevieja on a daily basis. They cost around 14 - 20 euros for a return trip.
If you want to know how to get to the Island of Tabarca from Alicante then the timetable is as follows:
Ferry Operator Barco Kontiki - +34 965 216 396 or +34 686 994 538
From Alicante Marina:
Journey time: approx. 1 hour.
|From October to May||Thursdays-Saturdays and Sundays|
|Departures from Alicante||11 am|
|Return from Tabarca||5 pm|
|From June to September + Easter||Every Day|
|Departures from Alicante||10.30 am - 11.15 am, 12.30 pm - 3.30 pm|
|Return to Alicante from Tabarca||2.30 pm - 5 pm, 6 pm - 7 pm|
If you are leaving from one of the other ports I suggest contacting the tourist information for further information or calling the following telephone numbers:
|SANTA POLA - TABARCA Baeza-Parodi||30 min||+34-965411113|
|GUARDAMAR -Santapola- TABARCA||1 hour||+34-966702122|
|TORREVIEJA - TABARCA Tabardo||75 min||+34-966702122|
Information for Parents
It is possible to take buggies / prams out to the Island and we think it is suitable for all ages. Do take travel sickness tablets for your children in case you discover on this journey that they suffer from sea sickness and do take all your nappy supplies, nappy sacks and baby food for them. Make sure you have plenty of water. Plastic shoes for the sea, whether you will be paddling, swimming or cove jumping, you and your children will need them!
My advice to you is this, if you don't want to spend a lot of money on the day then I would advise you take a cool box with a packed lunch. Remember there aren't too many restaurants on the island and visitors are a "captive audience" so to speak, if you want to eat on the island be prepared to pay!
Information for Visitors with Reduced Mobility
There are a few facilities here for the disabled and if you are in a wheelchair you will find the terrain in some places quite difficult.
Tabarca Island Alicante Tourist Information Telephone number +34-902100910
Further information on Tabarca Island