Tabarca is an amazing destination, no matter where you look, it is full of history and places to discover. The history of Tabarca is very old, it does not go back only a few years ago, the oldest remains have been found going back to the third century, approximately at the end of the Roman Empire.
Samples of settlements from the XIV Century
Despite this, it was not the remains of some kind of settlement, the island probably was used as a transit point, to or from the Iberian Peninsula. The historical moment in which there is some kind of settlement is from the fourteenth century.
There are different documents from that time, in which people talk about some kind of defensive system, to prevent the Berber pirates from settling on the island, which was used for attacks in the area of Alicante and Elche. In fact, it was such an important place that, with the arrival of the 17th century, King Felipe III had thought of building a fortress, but the plan was discarded because the price was exorbitant.
In the trips to Tabarca you can learn a lot of history about this destination, which began to colonize around the year 1770. Thanks to Fray Juan de la Virgen the redemption of a group of approximately seventy families of Genoese origin was obtained and they settled in the island and helped in the auxiliary works for the construction of a fort, and the island was installed, giving it the name of Nueva Tabarca.
It was not until the end of the 18th century that the first houses and military infrastructures would be built in addition to the fort. The area grew with the construction of the Governor’s house, laundries, churches…etc, among other constructions.
Despite the promising future, since the beginning of the 19th century, the island was left little by little. He had no military detachment, the lands were not fertile and it lost interest. Everything was recovered from the twentieth century when fishing slowly recovered and slowly but firmly became what it is today.