Tabarca island of Alicante
Tabarca Island is 20 km. off the coast of Alicante. With a length of 1.8 km and a width of 400 m. it is the largest island of Valencia and the only one that is inhabited.
The 80 inhabitants live on the west side of the island.The eastern part is occupied by cultivated fields.
In the eighteenth century, King Charlos III built a village what was then known as St. Paul Island, to house the 69 Genovese families who had been rescued from the Tunisian island of Tabarka. The island of Tabarka, located 300 meters from the coast of Tunisia, depended on the Republic of Genoa until it was subdued by King of Tunis in 1756. Since then the Valencian island took the name Tabarca Island.
The village waled of Tabarca, has been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site.
The island can be explored along a path that loops the whole island. Many species of bird and marine animals can be seen.The waters around the island have been a declared Mediterranean Marine reserve.
The island has various beautiful coves and beaches, and a cuisine rich in seafood.
Several companies offer trips between Alicante and Tabarca Island.The boats leave the marina in Alicante and the journey takes about an hour.