Boat trip to Tabarca

Address: Tabarca island, Alicante, 03728, Spain
Telephone: 965 216 396

- Expensive


Valencia’s only populated island

Tabarca is the only inhabited island in the Valencian community, with only thirty year-round residents, rising to three thousand during the summer. It takes its name from Tabarqah in Tunisia because in 1741 the King of Tunisia invaded the island and took everyone prisoner (they weren’t Spanish anyway, they were from Genoa in Italy), releasing them 27 years later when the Spanish king paid a ransom and sent them home.
It has only thirty permanent residents, rising to about 3000 during the summer months. There are no motorised vehicles, other than a beat-up old pick-up truck that makes deliveries from the small harbour. There are a number of historic buildings, including part of the original roman fortifications; it is a marine reserve, and there are ferries running from Alicante with glass bottoms so you can get a gander at the rich sea life.

Value for money

Price advice

Return from Alicante 17 euros (45 mins). Return from Santa Pola 14 euros (30 minutes)

Expert tips

There is a more regular service from Santa Pola, about thirty minutes drive south of Alicnante.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Sightseeing
  • Chilling out