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Isla Canela

Isla Canela Holidays

Although it's not as well-known as some of the other towns that are frequented by those heading on holidays to Costa de la Luz, Isla Canela offers a calmer alternative to its more famous neighbours. Formerly a vibrant fishing town, the island is today a laid-back and relaxing tourist resort sandwiched between crystalline waters in front and beautiful marshland behind.

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A perennial paradise

It's not named the Coast of Light for nothing, you know. In the height of summer, temperatures rarely creep above 28°C or fall below 20°C, offering an ideal climate to soak up some sun. Similarly, the winter is incredibly mild with average temperatures hovering between 10°C and 16°C, even in December and January. As such, it's a great choice for package holidays to Costa de la Luz, whatever the time of year.

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Unbeatable beaches

With a seven-kilometre beach stretching all the way to the Portuguese border, the Guadiana River, Isla Canela offers the perfect environment for topping up that tan. Not only is it one of the widest and longest beaches on the coast, it also balances the best of both worlds – the water is calm enough for taking a relaxed dip, but with enough wind to keep sailing enthusiasts happy.

Watersports ahoy

Speaking of which, water sports are in abundance at Isla Canela. As well as catering for sailing and surfing enthusiasts, more adventurous travellers can also try their hand at kitesurfing and windsurfing. Meanwhile, if you prefer to spend your time on an even keel, a sunset cruise around the nearby El Rompido might be the option for you. Skipper, champagne and a spectacular sunset all come as standard.

Nature galore

As well as the wide range of wildlife located beneath Isla Canela's waters, it also offers a playground for nature lovers at the rear of the town. Marismas de Isla Cristina is a national park boasting a stunning array of rare birds, including spoonbills and avocets. Explorers can discover its unique charms via horseback, on a bicycle or by foot, starting at the town of Ayamonte. The town of Ayamonte is just a stone's throw away from Isla Canela across the bridge which connects it to the Spanish mainland.

A perfect base

As mentioned, the pretty town of Ayamonte, a typical archetype of Andalusian culture and architecture, is a mere 15-minute drive away. Expect picturesque plazas, narrow cobbled streets and exquisite fountains. The local market sells the freshest fish you're ever likely to taste, while the maritime feel of the city is further enhanced by the local docks and naval edifices.

Further afield, the city of Huelva is a one-hour drive away, affording an insight into the history of the region with its many monuments, museums and religious buildings. Among other attractions, the city boasts a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus and the Congressional Palace - which is also named after Columbus.

Alternatively, you could take a trip to the important Franciscan friary of La Rabida in Palos de la Frontera. Located just over an hour's drive away from Isla Canela, the friary was founded in 1261 and the current buildings were erected over the 14th and 15th centuries. As well as staying here for two nights, Columbus also apparently visited the church just hours before setting off on his voyage to America.

Meanwhile, just over an hour from Isla Canela you'll find Seville, the Andalusian capital. Here you'll experience outstanding displays of flamenco, sample some truly delicious tapas and see spectacular architecture on your Costa de la Luz holidays.

Other attractions

Those with a penchant for golf will not be disappointed with Isla Canela's stellar 18-hole golf course. With sweeping views of the Gulf of Cadiz, neighbouring Portugal and the impressive wetlands, you'd be hard pushed to find a more scenic place to sink a hole in one.

Nearby Cartaya, less than an hour away, is home to Aquopolis water park. The park has a range of slides and attractions, as well as sun loungers and snack bars for when the fun gets a little too much, and is open annually from June to September.

The 17th century watchtower, nicknamed Torre Canela, or Cinnamon Tower in English, stands guard over the region. It was originally built to protect against pirates and can still be seen some distance from the shoreline today. Book a Costa de la Luz All Inclusive holiday with us and see it for yourself.