The province of Alicante is full of interesting places which are worth visiting. One of them is definitely Tabarca island ( Isla de Tabarca ) – an islet located in the Mediterranean Sea, 11 sea miles away from Alicante.
It is know for varied marine fauna which is protected as marine reserve called Reserva marina de la Isla de Tabarca. This reserve was first of this kind in Spain and granted this status mainly because of submarine praire of posidonia (type of flowering plants) – largest in the Spanish part of Mediterranean Sea, extremely important for marine flora and fauna. Waters around Tabarca are not only filled with marine life but also very clear and unpolluted, what makes it a perfect destination for snorkeling. You can get necessary equipment for around 14 euros in local shops and explore marine wildlife of Tabarca.
Almost entire island is surrounded by beaches and coves where you can find a spot to lay down your towel, relax and sunbathe away from huge crowds of tourists. Although Tabarca has undergone a proces of paving, coves surrounding the island and seabed are rocky and for that reason it is recommended to wear suitable footwear.
Tabarca is a small island but has a lot to offer. It is famous not only for being a great place for snorkeling but also for its magnificent cuisine. Local restaurants offer many traditional dishes which you definitely have to try while visiting Spain. Diet of people living in the area of Mediterranean Sea is based on seafood. For that reason, typical rice dishes consist of, among others, shellfish, squid, octopus or fried whitebait. Caldero tabarquino is a local stew, made mainly of scorpion fish and fish called fry. Citizens of the island spend their lifetimes preparing this dish and they hand recipes down through the generations.
You can get to the island by taking a boad ride from port in Alicante. The trip lasts for around an hour, round trip costs 19 €. Visit this website (https://cruceroskontiki.com/en/) to find more details and schedule of departures.
Elcano Spanish School offers a great number of fun activities and excursions to make your stay with us unforgettable. One of them is a gripping excursion on a speedboat to the marine reserve of the Island of Tabarca. You can find more details about this many other trips HERE .