Whenever someone visits our coastal city, we recommend to reserve a day for seeing Tabarca island, the only one which is inhabited in the Valencian Community. This tiny archipelago, formed by the small islands La Cantera, La Galera and La Nao, stands out for its fascinating and well-known natural environment. Because of this, we have prepared a small guide so that you don’t miss a detail when you go to visit the island of Tabarca. Take a pen, a piece a paper and get ready to note down the following tips.
How to get to Tabarca Island?
When you decide to pay a visit to the island of Tabarca, the first question coming up is: how do I get there? Take it easy, because it’s very simple.
The journey from Benidorm is worth enjoying as you have 1h and 15’ to get there. What means that there will be plenty of time to relax watching and listening the waves colliding with the boat. In addition, as you move away from the coast, you will observe a panoramic view of Benidorm like never before. And, you know what’s best? There are boats overlooking the bottom of the sea! So, you’ll have the chance to watch all the species of fish that live in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s an amazing experience!
Trips depart in the morning and return in the afternoon. The journey usually takes place in the Sea World, a modern catamaran of 34 meters long and space for 250 people. These sea trips are made quite regularly depending on the season.
What to see on Tabarca island? The 5 must-sees!
You’re already there. But, have you thought about what you’re going to see? Despite being a small island, Tabarca has many corners to explore and discover. That’s why, we have created a list of the must sees when visiting this tiny archipelago.
It’s time to go snorkelling!
Definitely, you can’t visit Tabarca island without exploring its crystal clear waters. Moreover, fishing is fully regulated there.
Then, put your best snorkelling set and dive in its blue waters. Octopuses, hedgehogs and all kinds of fish are waiting for you. And, who knows? Maybe you’ll find a treasure hidden in their submerged caves. In fact, several Roman ships sank in these waters, leaving their archaeological remains on the seabed. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
Sunbathe in hidden coves
Yes, you have read well! On the Tabarca island you’ll find out several quiet coves to find the peace and relax you need. And, best of all, surrounded by nature!
So, if you prefer not to practise water sports and choose to rest in the sun, you’re in the perfect place! Take all your belongings with you and start looking for your ideal cove among the rocky nooks of Tabarca island. We recommend you go to see Birros and Guardia coves. These two small and sandy coves are placed in the southern part of the archipelago. You’ll love it.
Visit San Pedro and San Pablo churches
If you are one of those who enjoy soaking up the culture and traditions of places when visiting for the first time, St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s church are a must in Tabarca. The building was made in 1759 and 1770, like the rest of the island fortification.
Indeed, it’s so beautiful to walk into this monument. Can you imagine why? Because as it’s placed above the sea and offers impressive views not only of the island coves but also of the Mediterranean Sea.
Go through the old doors
La Puerta de San Rafael, better known as Puerta de Levante o de La Caleta, is the first gate you see when entering the village. So, take the camera with you because a very good picture is assured at that point. Furthermore, next to those village gates, la Plaza de Carloforte appears – the Sardinian city that was colonized by Tabarca local people.
At the other end of the island, in the northernmost point of Tabarca, is the Puerta de San Miguel. Also known as Puerta de Alicante or Puerta del Muelle, this gate also allows to enter the citadel from the old natural wharf.
The lighthouse of Tabarca has been refurbished several times. Today, the lighthouse building houses a biological laboratory that serves the Tabarca Marine Reserve. Don’t miss the chance to visit it! You will go into a real marine story.
What to eat in Tabarca island?
This question has a clear answer: the caldero. When you visit this Valencian Community island, tasting its star dish is a must.
The caldero is usually cooked with a particular fish, called red scorpionfish, that lives in the local area. Firstly, this dish is served with boiled potatoes, a thin soup with rice in it and some alioli – a thick sauce made from garlic, eggs and olive oil. Next, you’ll be surprised by the second course, the rice that was cooked in the soup before. Without a doubt, you would like to repeat and repeat!
Tabarca island is waiting for you!
Now, you know everything you need to make your trip to the island of Tabarca a success. The only thing missing is to arrange the trip. What are you waiting for?