A Daytrip to Tabarca
A Piece Of Paradise Just Off The Coast Of Alicante
Looking for a nice daytrip away from vehicles, noise, and tall buildings? Then look to the horizon of the Alicante coast and you’ll find the charming and adorable Island of Tabarca. With an area of 0.3 square kilometers and 70 inhabitants, this gem is the perfect candidate for a little daytrip, exploring the beauty of the Mediterranean land, sea and sky concentrated on a tiny strip of paradise where time marks its own pace.
Located on the outskirts of Alicante and once a refuge for pirates, today Tabarca is the smallest inhabited island in Spain and the only inhabited island in the Valencian Community. It is easily accessed by ferry from Alicante, Santa Pola and Torrevieja all year round with more frequent departures during the high season from April to September.
Tabarca Island has been recognized in various ways: Site of Cultural Interest, Historic-Artistic Site, Mediterranean Marine Reserve and Special Protection Area for Birds. In short, it isn’t lacking in anything to see or do. In addition, and due to its natural wealth, it has recently been declared the first place in the south of the Valencian Community to obtain the 'starlight spot' certificate, which accredits the quality of the sky for astronomical observation.
The Perfect Daytrip
Its historical heritage, natural flora and fauna, diverse and colorful marine life are a must see for all the adventurous souls out there, no matter the age! Explore the beach, snorkel the sea, walk the charming main street and visit the unique lighthouse before spoiling yourself with the freshest seafood dishes you will ever savour.
That’s Right! As an island, its main gastronomy is naturally seafood! Two of their main and exquisitely signature dishes are Caldero — a fish stew slow-cooked in a deep metal saucepan and the famous Arroz con Bogavante — rice dish with lobster, directly from the sea to your plate. Sounds like a perfect stop before continuing the exploration.
So, although Tabarca due to its size can easily be explored in a few hours, one might consider staying overnight. If not to repeat diving in the crystal-clear waters, go foodie on the delicious gastronomy or dropping your jaw in aw of the magnificent sunsets, but only to catch a glimpse of that breathtaking glittery night sky that marked it on the map due to the starlight certificate.