at approx. 9km south east from Santa Pola,Tabarca is the smallest
island in Spain. The population count is about 80, but that changes
dramatically during the summer months because tourism is the main source
of income for the island.
Tabarca has a quite interesting history. All of 2km long and 300m wide, the island was a refuge
for the Barbary pirates up to the end of the 18th century.
Around 1760, a group of sailors from the Tunesian town of the same
at the time, was under the reign of the Republic of Genoa, shipwrecked
near the island, were rescued and finally settled there together with a
deployment of Spanish soldiers.
King Charles III of Spain decreed the fortification of Tabarca to protect against the pirates.
As the boat approaches the harbour, the first thing you see are the remains of the wall, the fortress and the church.
Tabarca is all about snorkelling, so take a packed lunch, some shade, and have a great day out.