The Marine Reserve of Cabo San Antonio is located on the north coast of Alicante, between the towns of Denia and Javea. Its cliffs are high more than 150 meters with a landscape beautiful and spectacular.
It has a varied topography underwater where there is an excellent representation of a great number of species linked to these rocky shores. This gives great ecological, scientific and recreational value to the reserve in the Cape of San Antonio.
Between Cabo San Antonio (Jávea) and Cabo Blanco (in Teulada) the Alicante coastline presents rugged, inaccessible and wonderful cliffs.
The Betic or Andalusian Cordillera finally falls into the sea at this point, creating unique landscapes including sharp cliffs, lots of hidden coves and a few smaller beaches where sunbathing and fun.
Cabo San Antonio dominates the sea from a height of 160m and its seabed and surrounding area are now listed as a Marine Nature Reserve.
To the south of the bay of Javea there is a row of coastal cliffs with small islands (Portitxol, Descobridor).
This is one of the points of interest along the western Mediterranean coast, especially along the coast of Castellón, because of its unique character and its rich land and marine ecosystems.
Off the sea the peaceful Columbretes islands form an archipelago with a small volcanic islands. The biggest of these is called Illa Grossa, and its form already see an ancient crater.
Among the fauna that you will find on the island there are Eleonora’s falcon, gull and a rare species of sea turtle. The sea life in the water around the islands is equally rich and varied.
The park information centre is located in the planetarium of Castellón (tel. 964 28 89 12).
Tabarca is instead about three miles south-east of the Cabo de Santa Pola and about eight miles from the city of Alicante, the municipality to which it belongs.
The isle is two kilometres long and 400 meters wide.
There is a path that goes around the island and allows visitors to learn about the site. You can admire the coastal landscape, as well as track the movement of seabirds from the stunning coasts of this small island.
Its clear waters, flora and fauna and sea beds, are very popular and they were determining factors for the recognition given to the island of the Marine Reserve in 1986.
How to get there?
There is a boat service to the island from the port of Santa Pola and also from Alicante Port.