Hot on the heels of Alex Polizzi, Javea Connect member and super photographer, Nick Godfrey decided to visit the island of Tabarca, He had never heard of it until he watched a progamme called “Spectacular Spain” last year.
Tabarca , also known in Valenciano as Nova Tabarca and Illa Plana, and in Spanish as Nueva Tabarca and Isla Plana), is an islet located in the Mediterranean Sea, close to the town of Santa Pola, in the Alicante province. Tabarca is the smallest permanently inhabited islet in Spain and it is currently known for its marine reserve.
The islet is 1,750 m (5,741 ft) long, with a maximum breadth of 300 m (984 ft) and absolutely flat. Almost next to the main islet lie the islets of la Nau, la Galera and la Cantera. Tourism is the main economical activity, especially during the summer. There are several boats connecting Tabarca with Alicante, Santa Pola and Torrevieja, with higher frequencies during summer time.
Just a half hour crossing from Santa Pola and you’re in a surprisingly tranquil, traffic-free island with lush scenery, restaurants and a few shops. You can get book tickets here. Plus some deals to visit the island via Groupon.
Bus2 also arrange trips on selected dates.
If you want to stay for a day or two, there are some hotels and rooms on this link