Day Trip: Tabarca Island

Wed 3 June, 2020 all-day
Kay Bond & Lynn Clark


Wednesday, 3rd June 2020

Cost: €30 per person
Price includes: Coach and Boat Trip

Trip leaders Kay Bond and Lynn Clark

The island of Tabarca is the only inhabited island in the Valencia region.  It is about 5 miles off the coast from Santa Pola or about 11 miles from Alicante and measures about 1 mile long and ⅓mile wide.

The current population of 98 people includes descendants of around 300 prisoners freed from Tunisia and relocated to the island in 1769 after King Carlos III paid a ransom.  Most of these people were of Genoese descent having been captured and taken to Tunisia with some Spanish prisoners. Imprisoned on a Tunisian island called Tabarkah, which the name Tabarca is derived.

The island itself is effectively divided into 2 halves, with a sandy bay in the middle. The western half, where the boat lands, is taken up by the old town and the eastern half is a nature reserve.  The sea around the island is also a marine nature reserve and the ferry boats normally stops just offshore to allow passengers to view the seabed from the glass bottom.

Worth visiting are the Governor’s house (now a hotel), the church, the San Jose tower, the island museum hosed in an old tuna warehouse, the lighthouse and the remnants of the old town walls and gates, the undeveloped side has pleasant walks with footpaths criss-crossing the island and the lighthouse (not open) at the far end.   There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from for lunch/drinks in the “town”.

On arrival at Santa Pola you will have time for a quick wander around and a coffee/comfort break, while we wait for the boat to depart.

If you are interested in this trip please either put your name and email address on the list at the Travel desk at meetings or

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