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Tabarca Island Guide


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From Alicante port, you can take a one-hour boat ride to the nearby Tabarca island for an interesting daytrip. It is a popular spot for snorkelling and swimming because of its clear waters.

It is the only inhabited island in the Valencia region and is just 1,800 metres long by 400 metres at its widest point. The crystal-clear water around the island has been declared a Mediterranean Marine Reserve and is protected, although water sports are still allowed.

 

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There is an abundance of flora and fauna to see, which is why divers and snorkellers find it such an attractive place to visit. They may also spot sea urchins, starfish, shellfish and sponges. There are many coves and beaches to explore with a lovely fishing port lined with restaurants offering a picturesque setting for a meal. The local caldero – a stew of fish and rice – is very popular. There are a couple of hotels on Tabarca, including a boutique hotel, if you fancy a longer stay.

 

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It can get crowded in the summer with as many as 3,000 visitors coming ashore every day.It has a lovely little port with many luxury yachts and motorboats mooring here. Apart from boats, there is very little traffic and it makes a lovely oasis from some of the more bustling resorts and cities on the mainland. Writers and painters have found plenty of inspiration in this quiet corner of the Costa Blanca.

You can get a boat to Tabarca from Alicante marina, Santa PolaGuardamarBenidorm and Torrevieja. It takes between an hour and 90 minutes. So sit back and enjoy the ride!

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