Places of interest



Isla Canela
Isla Canela is a beautiful natural ‘island’ on the very Spanish Costa de la Luz (coast of light) with spectacular beaches, marina, golf course, promenade, cycle paths, leisure facilities, bars & restaurants, all in a well-tendered environment with much of the island designated a conservation area. It is connected, by road bridge, to the delightful Andalucian town of Ayamonte situated just inside the Spanish border from Portugal. The apartments, new for 2004, are on the 2nd and 3rd Floors affording spectacular views of the marina, beach and the small fishing village, Punta Moral, across the bay. Shops, bars and restaurants, including the superb fish restaurants at Punta Moral, are all within 5 minutes stroll, as is the beautiful beach with over 7 km of golden sand. The apartments are fully equipped and furnished with beautiful contemporary furniture and furnishings so as to provide a modern, light & comfortable atmosphere for you to relax in and enjoy your holiday in a very Spanish location
The nearby border town of Ayamonte is a charming mix of palm fringed squares, pedestrian walkways and little cobbled alleys. Although too small to get lost (head downhill and you’ll always find the Guadiana river) there seems to be a pleasant surprise around every corner. Cafes and bars abound with their tables and gaily-coloured sunshades spilling out onto the pavements, offering the weary visitor the chance to get out of the sun and enjoy some refreshment. The ferry across the river to the town of Villa Real is a fun trip and provides an easy way of getting a little taste of Portugal.
The bridge connecting Spain and Portugal Ayamonte, a town in bloom Streetlife in Ayamonte
Dates back some 3000 years and was the departure point for Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the new world. You can follow a heritage trail in the area. COTA DONANA NATIONAL PARK – actually has the best beaches in the country but they’re strictly for the birds! You can drive to the visitors centre but then have to join a tour by four-wheel drive. The park provides a stop-off for millions of migrating birds and is home to thousands more as well as the world’s most endangered big cat, the Iberian lynx. (pre-booking advisable) It was from the city of Huelva that Christopher Columbus set out to discover America, changing the world forever. There is a lot of history to be discovered in this city. Huelva claims to be a 'flamenco capital', and several of the city's splendid old buildings and monuments remain, including the 15th century Church of San Pedro, built on the site of a mosque; the Shrine of Nuestra Senora de la Cinta and, last but not least, the home of Christopher Columbus next to his commemorative monument.
When it comes to fiestas and traditions, Huelva has much to offer. One of the main events starts in July and runs into August. The Fiestas Colombinas marks the city's' connections to America.
The statue of Christopher Columbus overlooking the harbor The Monastary of El Rocio The statue of Columbus at sunset
Seville is the Capital of Andalusia, just little over an hour from Isla Canela. Seville inspired Mozart, Rossini and Bizet. Operas like: "El Barbero de Sevilla", Carmen, etc. were dedicated to this city.
To experience Sevilla, Andalusia’s largest city, you have to loose yourself in the boiling pot of Flamenco, culture, fascinating examples of Spanish art and vibrant nightlife. The city itself, hot in summer but mild in winter, has numerous Tapas and restaurants bars along the narrow streets where you can sample excellent food.
To experience Sevilla, Andalusia’s largest city, you have to loose yourself in the boiling pot of Flamenco, culture, fascinating examples of Spanish art and vibrant nightlife. The city itself, hot in summer but mild in winter, has numerous Tapas and restaurants bars along the narrow streets where you can sample excellent food.
The fertility of this land and its favoured climate with mild winters and about 3000 hours of sun per year made Phoenicians and Carthaginians settle here. Later came the Romans and two of their emperors, Trajan and Hadrian, were in fact born here. Later on Seville was the home of famous and infamous figures of history, the legendary "Don Juan" started from here to conquer the hearts of women across all Europe, while Columbus started from a port close to Seville to discover a new world.
Seville's solemn Semana Santa processions, during the week leading up to Easter, and its famously festive Feria de Abril, the fair which follows a week or two later, are two of Spain's most exciting to-dos. Other special events include the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos in January, featuring a sweet parade of floating floats; Corpus Christi processions from the Cathedral in late May/early June; and the biannual Bienal de Flamenco festival in September, held during even-numbered years.
Above all, Seville is about atmosphere. It is busy, yet relaxed and friendly. Being out and about on a warm night is a not-to-be-forgotten experience.
Seville - Flamenco capital of the world The Cathedral by night One of many quaint streets of Seville Seville from above Plaza de Espana
Food and Drink
The Atlantic Ocean to the south and west of Isla Canela is the source of the wonderful fish and shellfish available at the island's many restaurants. Here you will find Spanish families coming from near and far to sample the gastronomic delights of the days catch. If fish isn't your thing, the marina restaurants can offer a change with burgers, steaks, crepes, pasta & pizza. A short trip into town and you have the full range of Spanish tapas and main course delicacies from several dozen restaurants. There are basic shops and a small supermarket within easy walking distance of the apartment with larger shops and supermarkets situated in Ayamonte. Ayamonte also has a daily meat, fish, fruit and veg market - get there early for the best choice. Villa Real in Portugal also has a good range of shops, remember they’re an hour behind Spanish time.
Golf is very well served on the Costa de la Luz! Aside from Isla Canela’s Golf Club there are at least 5 other golf courses within an 30 mins drive. There is an 18 hole, par 72 golf course 5 minutes drive from the Marina, set in a beautiful landscaped setting with canals and palm trees. Buggies, trolleys and clubs are available for hire. A driving range is situated next to the clubhouse, which has a restaurant and outside terraces. There are also 2 bowling greens and a swimming pool. Islantilla Golf Club is a spectacular 27 hole championship course (currently being extended to 36) within half an hours drive and has all the facilities one would expect of a first rate club. It was host to the Spanish Open Golf Tournament in 1995 and in 2000 Golf Digest magazine rated it in the top 100 best European golf courses. Portugal courses includes; Castro Mari, Quinta da Ria, Quinta da Cima, Benamor ; all within 30 mins drive.