Tabarca Island Boat Trip
The popular Tabarca Island boat trip makes for a great family day out. The island lies roughly 5 kilometres off the cape of Santa Pola. From here there are regular boat trips including speedy water taxis. For visitors to Orihuela Costa the nearest Tabarca Island boat trip runs from neighbouring Torrevieja. This boat trip only runs once per day, leaving Torrevieja harbour at 11:00 and returning at 18:00. For those who don't fancy spending 6 hours on the island it may be worth taking the drive to Santa Pola and getting one of the more regular boats.
Tabarca Island Boat Trip
Torrevieja is just a short drive from most of Orihuela Costa's popular residential areas. Those without a vehicle or who wish to have a few drinks during their visit can take a bus. This is the Pilar de la Horadada – Alicante bus. It has three stops in Orihuela Costa along the N-332. In front of the Cabo Roig strip, opposite the town hall in Playa Flamenca and opposite the Punta Marina Commercial Centre in Punta Prima. Passengers can get off at the Torrevieja salt conveyor or at the main bus terminus. From both stops it's a 15 minute walk to the harbour.
Tabarca Island Restaurants
The Tabarca Island boat trip only takes around 40 minutes and is a thrilling journey for the young ones. The lower deck of the boat has a glass bottom for wonderful views of the colourful underwater world. Within the little village on the island are a number of restaurants. Featured highly on most menus is delicious seafood, but expect to pay tourist prices. Alternately, the island has some beautiful coves and bays where visitors can enjoy a family picnic.
Tabarca Island Attractions
The island is around 1,800 metres long and 400 metres wide. In the centre is the picturesque village, souvenir shops, bars and restaurants. Surrounding this is a mix of rocky coves and small bays. As it was declared a protected marine reserve and bird sanctuary in 1986, Tabarca's flora & fauna has flourished. This is particularly noticeable when snorkelling the crystal clear waters where you can view an abundance of pretty marine life.
Attractions of historical interest include the grand Casa del Gobernador (Governor's House). There is also an old fort, museum and the churches of San Pablo and San Pedro. The village can get busy during peak season, sometimes receiving up to 3,000 visitors per day. So, if you do choose to try the wonderful seafood be prepared to queue at times. If planning on a picnic it's best to bring along a cooler bag from the mainland, and don't forget snorkelling gear 🙂