For a Spanish holiday with a difference in 2017, visit the idyllic Isla Canela. A natural island off the coast of southern Spain, Isla Canela is connected to the mainland by a bridge leading to the pretty Andalusian town of Ayamonte. A popular resort with both Spanish and Portuguese holidaymakers, the island of Isla Canela is a wonderful fusion of Andalusian and Algarve charm. With a breath-taking backdrop of coastal scenery, warm sandy beaches and salty marshes, the island is a sunny, scenic getaway waiting to welcome holidaymakers looking for a laid-back retreat. With 6km of golden sands to laze on, the island is a haven for sun-seekers and beach-lovers. With a wealth of outdoor activities available including tennis, fishing, golf, canoeing and sailing - plus a host of water sports - there is plenty to keep active holidaymakers busy as well.
On the mainland, you’ve got the romantic city of Seville to visit, where you can take in the cultural highlights of the region’s capital. With its cosmopolitan vibe and old world charm, the city woos visitors looking for a glimpse into authentic Spanish life. When you’re done exploring, there’s no better way to unwind than by relaxing in one of the many superb hotels in Isla Canela.
With the Spanish mainland just 15 minutes away, a holiday in Isla Canela offers you the best of both worlds. Enjoy idyllic laid-back life on the island or head to the mainland for historic Andalusian heritage and cosmopolitan Spanish cities. Back on Isla Canela, you can hit the beach, try one of the many water sports or explore the wetland areas. A well-stocked marina full of yachts and sporting boats offers the chance to take a boat trip, book a fishing excursion or hire a canoe. Tennis courts and a golf courses keep sporty holidaymakers happy, while the mild Atlantic breezes provide the perfect weather for sailing.
Further afield, the nearby town of Ayamonte is just a 15-minute drive away and is the perfect place for some chilled out retail therapy. Explore the narrow streets, dotted with boutiques, or browse the food market for some local produce and tasty treats.
Wine and Dine
The Spanish take their food very seriously, and a holiday to Isla Canela gives you the chance to sample some of the best Andalusian recipes. Most of the restaurants on the island serve up delicious Spanish food, though there is an excellent Chinese restaurant if you fancy a change of flavours. But no holiday to Isla Canela would be complete without sampling some of Andalusia’s best recipes. For a Spanish take on the quintessential English fry up, try the plato alpujarreno. Jamón, spicy chorizo and potatoes nestle alongside eggs and Spanish black pudding, known as morcilla. Usually served on lunch menus, it makes for a tasty brunch to fuel up for an adventurous afternoon on the island.
Head to the mainland for further gastronomic delights. With the bustling city of Seville just half an hour away, there’s a wealth of choice on offer for foodies keen to explore the region’s menus.
With 6km of golden sands to stretch out on, families looking for a laid-back beach holiday will love Isla Canela. This quiet resort is far from sleepy, but the chilled out vibe and relaxed nightlife make it welcoming for families with children of all ages. Kids will love exploring the beach, trying out the various water sports and exploring the wildlife haven of the wetlands. Boat trips to explore the expansive coast also provide adventures for inquisitive travellers.
With the mainland just a 15-minute drive away, there’s also the option to explore southern Spain. Seville can be reached in around 30 minutes and has much to explore. Visitors of all ages will love the well-stocked aquarium, while the Plaza de España will be a highlight for Star Wars fans. With crucial scenes shot in the plaza, this iconic setting is instantly recognisable. If you’re looking for theme park fun, head to Seville’s Isla Mágica. The park’s cultural theme is woven into each experience, meaning children can learn about Spain’s history along the way.
Action and Adventure
For a laid-back island, Isla Canela is full of opportunities for adventures. The wetlands in the north of the island are a fantastic place to explore. Take a guided trip or set out on your own in a canoe. Home to a whole host of wildlife, the area is a great spot for bird-watching. If you prefer to explore on foot, there’s a path for walkers - which is also accessible for cyclists. The circuit takes you around the edge of the marshes, but there’s still the chance to spot flamingos and other birds through the tall reeds.
For more water-based fun, Isla Canela’s beach is equally well-equipped for water sports beginners or seasoned hobbyists. Skim through the waves in a catamaran, canoe or sailing boat and enjoy the refreshing Atlantic breezes. Those same winds are ideal for windsurfers and kitesurfers looking to take the waters. If water sports aren’t for you, the island has tennis courts to practice your serve on and an 18-hole golf course, perfect for reducing your handicap. With plenty of bars and restaurants available, the 19th hole options are welcome after a day’s golf in the Spanish sun.
Life's a Beach
Isla Canela’s Blue Flag beach guarantees you pristine sands and clean waters. Ideal for families, the calm, shallow seas are fantastic for a refreshing swim or paddle. Atlantic breezes keep the hot summers from getting too uncomfortable and provide plenty of options for water sports fans. Colourful umbrellas and sun loungers line the 6km length of sandy coast, meaning there’s always a place to relax or cool off in the shade. The vibrant colours of the umbrellas are perfectly matched by the multi-coloured kites lifting kitesurfers above the waves. With water sports centres offering lessons in everything from sailing to windsurfing and, of course, kite surfing, there’s ample opportunity to take up a new hobby on a holiday to Isla Canela. If all that sounds far too energetic, relax on the sands, soak up the sun and enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the beachside restaurants.
If you like your nightlife laid-back and leisurely, a holiday to Isla Canela will not disappoint. Most entertainment can be found in hotel lounges, meaning you won’t have to go far to enjoy a quiet evening of music and cocktails. Isla Canela’s bars often feature live bands and singers, without ever getting too rowdy. If you like your evenings a little more fast-paced, head over the bridge into Ayamonte. With several clubs and discos to choose from, you can put on your dancing shoes and party the night away. If you’re keen to experience some local culture, the flamboyant flamenco dancing is a spectacular sight. Holidaymakers without two left feet can join in the fun and learn some moves to impress friends and family back home. For an even broader range of options, head to Seville for the evening and experience the Andalusian capital’s nightlife.
Isla Canela holidays offer couples the chance to get away from it all on an island escape, without ever being too far away from a cosmopolitan city or a town brimming with old-world charm. There’s nothing more romantic than exploring hidden sections of beach, coastal coves and cultural highlights together. Discover the south of Spain’s many olive groves with a romantic picnic or head into Ayamonte and enjoy a candlelit meal in one of the pretty plazas.
A road trip further inland uncovers more wonderful locations. Seville is said to be one of Spain’s most romantic cities. Its streets have inspired countless poems, operas and books - all centred on the theme of love and romance. What better place to share a bottle of local wine and some tapas? Back on the island, there’s a wealth of bars and terraces serving up cocktails as the sun sets.
Discover Andalusia’s cultural heritage on your Isla Canela holiday in the mainland town of Ayamonte. Just 15 minutes away by car, the town’s narrow streets and scenic plazas feature tiled floors and tree-lined walkways. This pretty town is chock full of temples, churches and religious buildings created by various settlements. With Roman, Iberian, Arabian and Greek structures, Ayamonte’s history and architecture is diverse.
If you’re holidaying in Isla Canela in June, you may well find yourself swept up in the month-long food festival. The Tapas Route, which takes in the towns of Punta del Moral, Ayamonte and Isla Canela sees mouth-watering new tapas dishes being created and served for locals and visitors to judge. A fantastic way to sample some of the very best of the area’s cuisine and experience some local culture and hospitality.