Isla de Tabarca

A boat journey to Tabarca, around 22km south of Alicante as the seagull flies, makes for a pleasant day trip – as much for the boat ride itself as for the island, which heaves with sunseekers in summer. Pack your towel, mask and snorkel: you can enjoy some great underwater viewing in permitted areas. And take a hat; there's not much shade. Within the fortified area is a small village with restaurants, a museum and some places to stay.

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