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Wed 27 November 2019

Spain News | Tabarca

Despite being much more socially and economically related to the fishing port of Santa Pola, the tiny island of Tabarca is a part of the city of Alicante.

Only 68 people are actually registered as living on the island but during the summer months these numbers dramatically rise when the tourists arrive along with the many hospitality staff that sail in from the mainland of Alicante to spend the summer months living and working on this idyllic magical island of Tabarca. Accommodation is offered to the workers on the island as part of their employment package and at the end of each day when the last boat sails to the mainland the real fun on the island begins. If you ever decide to visit the island I absolutely recommend you book an overnight stay in one of the hostels, hotels or B & B´s the island has to offer as the sheer experience is amazingly unforgettable.

Prices and destinations to get to the island vary, the first time we ever visited the island was one of the worst experiences I have ever lived!!! We set sail from Torrevieja on an open top boat and the crossing was so rough that sick bags were distributed to all passengers upon embarking, by the time we reached Tabarca they was not an empty bag on board and for me the whole world was spinning for the next 48 hours.  We found out later down the line that travelling in August from Torrevieja was usally a no no for most of the locals due to the choppy waters and if you wanted to go in August it was best to travel to Tabarca from Santa Pola.

Years passed and we decided to visit the island again but this time sailing from Santa Pola in early September, I am so pleased we did because we finally got to live the magical experience that we had heard so many of our friends talk about.

The whole process was so very easy and so much different to our last trip. Even the boat crossing was enjoyable.   We parked the car easily in the pay and display carpark at Santa Pola harbour and went to one of the many kiosks on the harbour where we bought our return boat tickets for only 15 euros. We immediately jumped onto the awaiting boat and set sail, we arrived to one of the quaintest, peaceful and relaxing destinations I have ever been to and the crossing only took 15 minutes. We had previously been online and rented a house on the island for the week but most visitors usually only go for the day.

The island is so small, it is only 1,750 metres long and 300 metres wide and if you don’t like water sports there is very little to do on the island apart from recharging the batteries, relaxing, chilling, eating and drinking.

If you do decide to visit this idyllic island there are many restaurants on the island that vary in price and quality so don’t settle for the first one you see, make sure you read all the menus and and then decide which one you want to eat at. I strongly recommend that you try the mornings catch of fresh sardines, fresh shellfish or even one of the delicious seafood paellas, not forgetting to wash it down with a cold beer or a glass of the many fine wines on offer. Afterwards you should definately try one or more of the different flavoured mojitos the islanders make before leisurely laying on the beach soaking up the sun. In the evening you can choose to escape to one of the more intimate bays to relax and admire the moon and stars whilst listening to the waves crashing in from the crystal clear turquoise waters.

Costa Blanca has so many beautiful places to visit and see making it the perfect choice for you and your family to reside or for you to investment in a property for holiday lettings.









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