Tabarca, the only inhabited island in the Valencian Community, is 1,800 metres long and 400 metres wide. It has beaches with transparent waters and full of fishes for diving lovers, hidden coves where you can enjoy privacy for those who prefer to sunbathe, and the town, although small, is worth contemplating. But do you know the curiosities of this island? Like any place with history, we want to show you the singularities hidden in this idyllic place.
The main curiosities of the island of Tabarca
- At first, the island was not inhabited, so it served as a refuge for Berber pirates from Africa who attacked ships that crossed their path, especially if they were Christians. Its original name was the flat island.
- In 1770, Charles III installed 296 people from Tabarca, an island in Tunisia. It was then called New Tabarca by these Genoese families of fishermen who were refugees and had managed to escape from their captivity.
- Charles III ordered the island to be fortified during his reign to prevent further pirate invasions. This wall still surrounds the island today, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and a Historic-Artistic Site.
- In 2017 and according to the census, the population was 57 people, but with good weather it is surprising to see how crowded with tourists.
- In 1986, Tabarca was declared the first marine nature reserve in Spain.
- There are several books with Tabarca as the setting, such as: “Tabarca”, by Miguel Signes Molines, “Memorial de Tabarca”, by Ponç Pons and “Dos langostas para ti… de esta barca”, by María Jesús Toro.
Among many other curiosities, you should know that all restaurants on the beach of Tabarca have a woman’s name, that its star dish is the cauldron and that it only has two hostels and a hotel. If you want to know more, what are you waiting for to visit Tabarca?