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Your holiday begins ………

As your day begins in this lovely beach apartment, enjoy breakfast on your enormous private terrace – choose from either the shaded pergola with spectacular views, or the cosy covered area next to the large lounge.

Alternatively, if you prefer to start working on your tan as soon as possible, choose an open area.

The large terrace enjoys almost 360% views, across gardens to the sea at the front of the property, and across protected wetlands to the rear, where it is possible to see a wide range of bird life, including egrets and flamingos, depending on the season. It is well equipped with terrace furniture, and special features are the open-air Jacuzzi and BBQ.

In Isla Canela, you can do as much or as little as you want. This is the perfect place for a peaceful, relaxing holiday, for recharging your batteries lazing on the terrace, strolling along the golden sand or along the promenade, or sitting in one of the little bars to watch the boats and the people. Punctuate this with an occasional dip in the pool or the sea, and you may wish for nothing more.

As the apartment will be our second home, it will be exceptionally well-equipped with all the little extras that make life comfortable. The kitchen has a good range of culinary equipment and storage space, with a dishwasher to take away the burden if you decide to eat in.

The living room is equipped with comfortable seating, with Satellite TV and DVD, and with a range of films, books and games. For your comfort the whole apartment is equipped with air conditioning and central heating.

To continue the relaxation theme, there is an hotel next door which provides a range of therapies and massage treatments which you can book at the reception desk. Some of the hotels also offer evening entertainment, which is available to non-residents.

If you do decide that you need a little more than total relaxation then there is a wealth of activities from which to choose.


For golfers there is a large range of courses. The nearest is the local course at Isla Canela Golf, which provides an 18 hole, par 72 course landscaped amongst natural dunes. Water features on 10 holes. Clubs can be hired for those who prefer not to bring their own, and on Wednesday mornings there is a ‘roll-up’ where you will find a few golf-partners if you have come alone. A little further afield are the courses of Costa Esuri, Islantilla, Castro Marim, Quinta da Cima, Benamar and El Rompido, none more than 20 miles away.

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Sight Seeing

First, the charming town of Ayamonte awaits you, with its palm-fringed squares, cobbled streets and abundance of tapas bars and restaurants. From there you can also take a fifteen minute ferry ride to Portugal, and explore the little town of Vila Real de Santa Antonio, where you can pick up real bargains in linen and tableware. Or stroll along the lovely promenade, with its fountains and green spaces, then enjoy a meal at one of the many excellent restaurants opposite the river.

Go a little further and take an excursion to historic Seville. Take a pony and trap through the Maria Luisa Park, and gaze in awe at the beautiful Alcazar, second in magnificence only to the Alhambra. Don’t forget to take in some flamenco with your tapas, or with your evening meal.


Or perhaps you’re feeling a bit more adventurous. In which case, book a jeep safari (excursions run from Isla Canela Marina) through the famous wild-life sanctuary and World Heritage Site of the Donana National Park, or visit one of the pretty Portuguse towns across the river. Castro Marim is only a 20 minute drive away, and Tavira only a little further. Both towns are well worth a visit.

But then again, if that’s all too much, just stroll down to the Marina, and watch the boats coming in and out, have café or cervezas in the little bars, or wander around the little fishing village of Punta del Moral. Depending on the tide, you may be able to watch the fishing boats unloading.


The area surrounding Isla Canela is quite flat, and ideal for cycling. Bikes can be hired from either the Riu Atlantico Hotel, or from Isla Canela Tours in the Marina area. On the links page you will find a link to the Ayamonte website, and here you will find details of various longer cycle routes, taking you through some delightful scenery.


South Western Spain contains Europe’s biggest wetland area, with colonies of flamingos, spoonbills, egrets, ibis and storks, as well as large numbers of raptors, many of which can be seen on the natural lake to the rear of the terrace at certain times of the year. Very lucky visitors to the Donana National Park may catch sight of the magnificent Spanish Imperial Eagle.

The best time for visiting in order to see birds is the early Spring, as this is the time that many birds are over-wintering. In February-March the grass verges on the road between Ayamonte and Isla Canela can be dotted with flocks of beautiful White Egrets.

For Kids

The apartment block itself boasts 2 swimming pools. One is a large, adult pool, while the other is a smaller pool for young children or beginners. In addition there is a small children’s play area, with swings and slides. There are paddle tennis courts within the development, and full-sized courts available in the Marina.

In the immediate locality there is a ‘kiddiepark’, which offers crazy golf, trampolines, a small roundabout and a crèche.

If they ever tire of the lovely beaches, there are some great waterparks around, and near Seville is the Isla Magica amusement park. This has a 16th century Spanish colonial theme, with two roller coasters and the Iguazu, a ride set in an Amazon jungle waterfall.

Eating Out

In the evenings you will be spoilt for choice. Both ends of the island have good choice of restaurants. Within walking distance, both the Marina and the village are well catered for. The Marina offers a cosmopolitan range of bars and places to eat, from Portuguese to Italian, French, English and Australian. Try one of the fisherman’s stews in Restaurant Antonio V. A five minute drive (or 25 min. walk along the promenade) to the other end of the island gives you an even wider choice of bars and restaurants. Try Bellamar for morning coffee and home made cake. During the Summer months the beach is well supplied with ‘chiringuitos’, traditional bar/restaurants right on the beach.

On the other hand you may prefer to stay on the terrace, and BBQ that fresh-caught fish you bought in the Ayamonte market that morning, and drink the very nice Rioja that you bought in the local supermarket.

And when you finally come home to your luxury penthouse, you can watch the free spectacle provided by nature as the sun sets, or luxuriate in your own, open-air Jacuzzi with a final glass or two of wine.

Painting holidays in the Costa de la Luz

Come and learn a new skill, or brush up on your existing technique, in beautiful surroundings.  Our painting holidays in the Costa de la Luz are designed to be suitable for all ages, skills and levels of ability.  Learn or improve in small groups of  8 - 10 like-minded people, with friendly and professional tuition from a practising artist with many years' experience of teaching adults.

We believe that holidays are for enjoyment and relaxation, so while we endeavour to teach you new skills, we also aim to ensure that you make the most of this wonderful environment.

Everything is optional, and there are plenty of opportunities to explore your surroundings, including a delightful one-day excursion to the beautiful and historic city of Seville, home of tapas, flamenco and spectacular Moorish and Christian architecture to rival the Alhambra in Granada.

Visit Watercolours in Spain for more details.