Isla Canela, Costa de la Luz, Spain
Isla Canela boasts fine sandy beaches, navigable canals and a great climate, a golf course and a marina. It is well placed to enjoy naturally beautiful surroundings and, being on the Portuguese border, you have easy access to the eastern Algarve too.
The blue flag at Isla Canela runs for approx 3km between the River Guadiana and the River Carreras. This beach is the last stretch of sand before crossing from Spanish Costa de la Luz to the Portuguese Algarve.
Things to Do
The beach is backed by palm gardens and a pleasant promenade, with boardwalks across the dunes onto the sand itself. Courses are available for windsurfing, kiteboarding and catamaran sailing during the summer months.
For children there is an activity centre with minigolf, mini-karts, trampolines etc, just behind the beach.
The Isla Canela Golf Course is open all year round and located approx 2km inland from the beach. It is an 18 hole course and also has a proshop, restaurant, 2 football fields and a bowling green.
Isla Canela is just across the river from Portugal, so you could easily visit some of the traditional towns and villages of the eastern Algarve. You can reach Portugal from the town of Ayamonte, crossing the Guadiana River by boat from the harbour or by road across Guadiana International Bridge.
Out and About
There are shops, bars and restaurants around the edge of the marina and there is also a commercial centre at the western end of the resort with shops, terrace restaurants and beach bars.
For a further choice of terrace bars and restaurants you could wander out to the white-washed little riverside village of Punta del Moral, just past the Marina.
For family fun the Aquopolis Cartaya Water Park has slides and pools for all ages and is approx
45 minutes drive. Whilst in this area you might also visit the Columbus sites on the river bank of Huelva city.
The charming town of El Rocio resembles a cowboy film set with it's wild west architecture and sand streets with post and rail fences. It is approx 75 minutes drive and is next to the Donana National Park where you can take guided tours to see the birds and animals in their natural habitat.
Approx 90 minutes drive away you will find the fascinating Museum of the Rio Tinto Mines, from which you can take a train journey through the colourful mining landscapes and along the Red River. A similar distance is the enchanting and historic city of Seville.
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