Tabarca is the only inhabited island of the Valencian Community and is located opposite the city of Alicante, 11 nautical miles away and near Santa Pola.
In the past, its coasts sheltered Berber pirates. In the 18th century, Charles III of Spain ordered it to be fortified and established a town to house several fishermen’s families from Genoa who were captured in the Tunisian city of Tabarka. The walls surrounding its town have been declared a Historical Artistic Complex and Cultural Heritage Site.
The Kontiki boat company covers the regular line from Alicante to Tabarca Island with a fleet of three boats.
It runs return trips on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, departing from the Port of Alicante. Tickets can be bought directly before boarding, which is done on Paseo Mártires de la Libertad, or in advance on its website.
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