Magnificently located Villa OR two Apartments with private pool overlooking the white sandy beach of Isla Canela and the Atlantic. When used as a villa the upstairs lounge can create a sixth bedroom. If rented as 2 apartments, the private pool can be shared by the two rental units. “Isla Canela” is the beach area of Ayamonte, The property has sea views from upstairs and downstairs lounges, with a breathtaking coastal panorama from the rooftop terrace; Portugal can be seen in the distance. Restaurants/cafes are 3mins walk, a 4* hotel and mini-market are close.
Ayamonte and The Algarve: The very pretty fishing port and town of Ayamonte on the Spanish/Portuguese border is lined with street cafes, restaurants, tapas bars and nice boutiques/shops - the freshly caught fish and seafood in the restaurants is a big draw to Spaniards from Sevilla, Cordoba, Badajoz, Madrid and even from the north of Spain. Other nearby places of interest are Huelva, from where Columbus first sailed to the New World; El Rocio, famous for the annual pilgrimage; and Andalucian capital Seville, home of tapas, flamenco, Moorish architecture and so much more. The eastern end of the Portuguese Algarve is also worth a day trip or two, it is a beautiful and largely unspoilt region with long sandy beaches, small fishing villages and attractive national parks. The historic town of Tavira is only 40 mins drive away and has a lovely square next to the river with a hilltop castle/gardens, churches and other ancient buildings. It is also lined with street cafes and restaurants.
Beaches and Activities: The beach is very safe and ideal for water sports, with a sandbank out to sea where “almejas” (mussels) can be fished without nets!. The beaches are highly prized by Spaniards, but still little known to foreigners. The long pristine sandy beaches provide a base from which to enjoy the watersports for which the area is famous - sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing. If you do not want to try it yourself, you can just relax on the beach and enjoy the skilful gymnastics of the kitesurfers and windsurfers. There are marinas at Isla Canela & Isla Cristina where sailors of all abilities can hire boats to enjoy the Atlantic Coastline.
For younger family members, on the road into Cartaya (approx 30 mins) there is the Kartodromo de Cartaya (Karting) open year round, and the very popular Aquopolis water park.
Cycling in and around Isla Canela is great for the whole family. There are cycle paths with no cars along the side of the beach, tracks into Ayamonte and a disused railway line.
Golf and Kite Surfing: Five excellent golf courses nearby: Isla Canela Golf, Costa Esuri Golf, Monte Rei, Castro Marim and Islantilla Golf Courses, winter home of the Swedish & Danish Golf Unions. Facilities include Driving Ranges, Putting & Chipping Greens, Practice Bunkers, Resident Golf Pros. Isla Canela also has 2 international standard bowling greens, tennis courts & football training areas. Other nearby courses are: El Rompido, Nuevo Portil and, just across the border in the eastern Algarve: Quinta de Cima and Quinta da Ria.
For the keen golfer the Costa de la Luz, Huelva and the Eastern Algarve are as yet “undiscovered' when compared to the western Algarve and Costa del Sol. Green fees are lower and the courses less crowded, making it much easier to get a start time. They are also some of best courses in all of Spain.
The beach is very highly rated by kite-surfers and there are good instructors. Part of the beach is reserved for kite-surfers/ sailors in summer.