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Places of interest -  Island of Tabarca
The island of Tabarca
Island of Tabarca
The island of Tabarca
 

The island of Tabarca, also known in Valencian 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 province of Alicante, Valencian community. Tabarca is the smallest permanently inhabited islet in Spain and it is currently known for its marine reserve.

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. Administratively, it is managed as a rural district of Alicante, jointly with el Palmeral, Aiguamarga and Urbanova.

In 2003 the local census counted 135 inhabitants but 2009 only 73.

Tabarca is a protected marine reserve called Reserva marina de la Isla de Tabarca, declared a Zone of Special Protection for Birds by the EU, with a varied marine fauna (sea bass, grouper, conger eel, gilthead etc.). It is surrounded by very clear and unpolluted waters. The island is formed by materials of volcanic origin on top of which limestone and quaternary deposits have settled.

The main activity of the local population is fishing, with the catch brought to Santa Pola's fish market, but tourism becomes the most important resource during summer, specially in July and August when are offered from Alicante, Santa Pola and Torrevieja.

 
Marítimas Torrevieja

Excursion to Tabarca from Torrevieja
Departure point: Harbour of Torrevieja (in front of the Casino Bar).
Approximate journey time: 40 minutes.
Schedule for Easter 2016: From 21 to 27 March 2016
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday:
- Exit at 11 hours and return at 18 hours (return hour is arriving in the harbour of Torrevieja)
Price: Adult 22€. Children from 3 to 10 years 15€. Children from 0 to 2 years free. Special prices for groupes.
More information: Call 669 41 22 33 (Please mention Orihuela-Costa.eu)

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