Sanctuary

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A 15 minute boat-ride from Santo Pola, south of Alicante, brings you to Tabarca, a flat island with a permanent population of maybe fifty souls in the off-season, and considerably more when the tourists invade during the summer months. It has a very calming atmosphere, as indeed many Islands do, and an interesting history.

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Berber pirates found refuge on these shores, and in the 18th Century King Carlos 111 ordered the island to be fortified and a town built to house families of Genoese fishermen held prisoner in the Tunisian city of Tabarka.
Some of their names remain to this day.

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Walking around the streets is a most relaxing experience, considering how close the bustling coast of the Costa Blanca is across the water.

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The waters surrounding Tabarca are so pristine that since 1986 it has been declared a Marine Reserve, the first of its kind in Spain. Even the harbour is gin-clear to the bottom, with shoals of fish much in evidence. Bottle nose Dolphins are regularly seen off-shore, though sadly not today.

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A most rewarding day, and a beautiful place, so close to mainland Spain. Even the animals seem adapted to it: Ralph was a sweety, and took a shine to my cycling jacket.

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4 thoughts on “Sanctuary”

  1. Looks perfect get away from it all place !John and I had a day in Littlehampton bright and sunny but very cold wind lots love Sylvie xx

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  2. Very Idyllic….seems a nice place to rest up, makes me feel like nodding off just looking at the photo’s, I suppose the sun and lazy summer days will return here soon. I’m getting greyer by the day and my tan has all but gone…. Sod it – I’m off to the States and Florida again next week, the blog’s up and running and so am I. Have fun!

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