Residential Resort Cumbre del Sol, ideally located on the Spanish Costa Blanca between Valencia and Alicante, gives you the opportunity to enjoy the best beaches and endless activities with your family. A few kilometers from your home you’ll find a true paradise: Tabarca, the only inhabited island that’s a part of the Valencian community and where you mustn’t forget to bring your snorkelling equipment.
A visit to Tabarca is practically obligatory and you can discover it in just one day as a small island that’s 1,800 metres long and barely 400 meters wide. Are you wondering how to get there? The best way to get to Tabarca is from the Santa Pola port, just over 8 km away, so it will only take about 15 minutes to get there. However, if you prefer not to go so far by car, you can enjoy a longer crossing and board in Benidorm which will take an 1:15 minutes.
Once on the island, we recommend you take advantage of the morning to discover all its attractions. Head east, towards the Campo area where you can visit the Torreón de San José (an old prison), the lighthouse and a small cemetery from where you can see the islet of La Nao. This part of the island is protected, so you will be able to admire many birds, although you won’t be able to stay to sunbathe on these beaches. However, in this area you can find the best diving circuits, so we recommend that you dive in and discover the caves and native marine species.
After having explored all of this, you’ve probably worked up an appetite, and you’ll be able to choose from over 10 restaurants scattered throughout the island that serve rice and fish, the typical dish being the caldero tabarquino.
Before immersing yourself in the crystal clear waters, you can walk through the streets of the fishing village and visit the fortified wall, declared a Historic-Artistic Site and a Site of Cultural Interest in 1964, to contemplate the island and the Mediterranean. You will also find the churches of San Pedro and San Pablo, built in 1759 and 1770 (currently closed to the public for restoration work) and the New Tabarca Museum in the Almadraba building, an old warehouse used for tuna fishing.
There is no doubt that the greatest attraction of the island is its crystalline waters and dreamy coves. The whole coast offers beaches that you can get to without difficulty and choose as a starting point for your snorkeling circuit. The Cova del Llop Marí, near the town centre, is only accessible from the water and is a real haven for marine species. If Tabarca has known how to protect its seabeds, it’s because its waters are a Mediterranean Marine Reserve.
Don’t hesitate! Book your boat ticket, get your snorkeling gear ready and set sail to Tabarca for an incredible experience. The island has a couple of hotels so you can stay more than one day. And what’s more, they say that the island transforms at night and reveals its true charms.