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.

Isla Canela

The island is connected to the town of Ayamonte by a bridge and enjoys many activities such as golfing, fishing, sailing and tennis.

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Isla Canela Hotels (8)

Playamarina Hotel & Spa Photograph of Playamarina Hotel & Spa
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Family friendly spa hotel with on-site entertainment and facilities for all ages, located frontline to the beach on Isla Canela...

5 / 5 from 2 reviews

Iberostar Isla Canela Hotel Photograph of Iberostar Isla Canela Hotel
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The Iberostar Isla Canela Hotel is a charming, Andalusian-style luxury hotel located in Ayamonte. The hotel is family friendly offering many great features close at hand....

4.8 / 5 from 4 reviews

Playacanela Hotel Photograph of Playacanela Hotel
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The Playacanela Hotel is situated in Isla Canela on the front of the beach providing families and couples all elements ensuring them an entertaining and enjoyable stay....

4.3 / 5 from 3 reviews

Barcelo Isla Canela Hotel Photograph of Barcelo Isla Canela Hotel
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The Barcelo Isla Canela is situated in Playa Isla Canela and is designed in a picturesque village style. Ideal for families and couples looking for a relaxing holiday....

Leo San Bruno Apartments I - II Photograph of Leo San Bruno Apartments I - II
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1, 2 and 3 bedroom self catering apartments surrounded by gardens with on-site swimming pools, a tennis court and restaurant....

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Hotel Melia Atlantico is located on the beachfront in Isla Canela perfect for beach lovers, suitable for families and couples alike....

Playamarina Apartments Photograph of Playamarina Apartments
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Comfortable apartments with 1 to 3 bedrooms in a front-line beach location and ideal for families...

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Vincci Seleccion Canela Golf Hotel is the perfect accommodation for a family get together or a couples retreat....

Isla Canela Reviews

Mrs F Jones, Wallsend

Holiday Date:21st Jul 2017
Accommodation:Playamarina Hotel & Spa
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:All Inclusive
(4 suns)

Very quiet resort with a few bars and restaurants. Very Spanish resort as restaurants were very busy around 11pm. A bit disappointed that there was no ATM so had to get the bus into Ayamonte and the shops weren't that good. There are bikes and go karts to hire to explore the resort. The beach is long with nice golden sand. Great for water sports.

Mr F Díaz Sánchez, Vélez Málaga

Holiday Date:23rd Apr 2017
Accommodation:Playamarina Hotel & Spa
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:All Inclusive
(4 suns)

The beach is beautiful, clean and with services.

Miss A Crossley, Altrincham

Holiday Date:5th Sep 2016
Accommodation:Iberostar Isla Canela Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin - Side Sea View
Board:Half Board
(4 suns)

Not a great deal there but enough for a relaxing holiday.

Mr S Cano, Gibraltar

Holiday Date:10th Jul 2016
Accommodation:Playacanela Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:All Inclusive
(4 suns)

Beach on doorstep.

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Please note: the comments above are the subjective opinions of customers and not of Ltd


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.

Nearby Attractions

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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