Are you looking for a nice family trip? What do you think about a boat trip to the pirate island of Tabarca? Tabarca, 400 meters wide and 1.800 meters long, is a small, charming island off the coast of Santa Pola. It is the smallest permanently inhabited island in Spain. It is said that an average of 30 people live on the island during the year. Other sources speak of an average of 100 inhabitants. The fact is that there are fewer residents in winter than in summer. The inhabitants live mainly from tourism and fishing.
What about those pirates? Tabarca was once, even until the end of the 18th century, the hiding place for pirates. It was the ideal location as a base to plunder the coasts of Spain. The island was called "Ilsa Plana" which means "flat island". In 1768, the Spanish King Charles III bought 300 Genoese prisoners of war who were imprisoned on the Tunisian island of Tabarqah and let them live on the island off the coast of Santa Pola. Since then, the island has been officially inhabited and renamed "Isla Tabarca".
Although the island is very small, there is still plenty to do. The island is divided into two parts. On the one hand you have the village. On the other hand, you have a plain that feels like a desert with thorn bushes and cacti. The village was surrounded by a defensive wall with 2 gates. These are still intact. The church, the Peter and Paul church was completely restored in 2007.
The most striking building outside the village is the defense tower of San José. It was built in 1789 and used as a state prison in the 19th century. It was not easy to escape from this prison because the building was surrounded by a hedge of cacti. A little further to the east is the lighthouse of Tabarca and on the far east point of the island you will find the cemetery.
Many tourists not only go to the island to visit the village but also take the opportunity to sunbathe, dive and snorkel. Many sunbathers are baking on the small pebble beaches. The clear water and the small bays are ideal for snorkelers. Part of the sea around the island is a protected marine reserve.
The island is easily accessible from various ports. Especially from Santa Pola there are very regular connections, from Alicante and Torrevieja the offer is slightly less and the prices are slightly higher. You can choose from different ferry boats such as a catamaran or a speed boat. You can go to the port for information about timetables and prices. Most prices are around 15 euro but with a little negotiation it can sometimes be cheaper. Keep in mind that some boats do not sail during the siesta.
kind of trip :
* special place
entrance fee :
* access to the island is free
* price for the ferry is often around 15 euro per person
opening hours :
* timetable of transfer services varies per provider, per port and per
   season. Most of the ferries usually start between 9:00 am & 10:00
   am and run until 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
address :
* GPS : 38.166359,-0.481337

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