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Tabarca is an island off the coast of Alicante in Valencia. The waters of the island form part of a protected marine reserve.


A view of Tabarca beach

The marine reserve has a variety of marine fauna including sea bass, grouper, conger eel, and gilthead, and was declared a Zone of Special Protection for Birds by the EU. It is surrounded by very clear and unpolluted waters. The island is formed by materials of volcanic origin on top of which limestone and quaternary deposits have settled.

Tabarca was the last Spanish Mediterranean location where the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal successfully bred before it became extinct in this part of its range in the 1960s. This proves the high quality of the waters around the island in terms of marine ecology. Therefore, waters around Tabarca were declared a marine reserve in 1986, the first of its kind in Spain. This status was mainly granted due to its submarine posidonia prairie, which is the largest in the Spanish Mediterranean and has an extraordinary ecological value in terms of marine fauna and flora.

In order to enhance the marine biodiversity and protect it from fishing, an artificial reef was laid near the island by the Marine Reserve authorities.

Get in[edit]

By boat[edit]

There is a ferry that leaves from Santa Pola every hour.

By plane[edit]

The closest airport to Tabarca is the Alicante Airport.

Get around[edit]

The island has no automobiles, and the only way of getting around is by foot. However, this does not pose a problem, as walking around the whole island does not take more than 3 hours.







  • Tabarca Island House, Pou del Pal 6, +34 647-921-461, +34 639-783-629. This house is for rent at a reasonable price. Short term and long term prices are available. It is a gorgeous 3-bedroom house. The door opens onto a plaza and then right to the sea. Also it is right next to the most popular beach on the island, as well as some of the more secluded ones. From the balcony on the first bedroom you can see the sea, and you can see the coast of Alicante for miles from the solarium.


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