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Stay in idyllic Isla Canela with Andalucia Rentals Ltd


Images of Isla CanelaFive miles of unspoilt Atlantic beaches, flanked by dunes and pine groves, form the setting for resort of Isla Canela at the western end of the Spanish Algarve. On the other side of the resort lies an important part of Spain's natural heritage, the protected wetlands of the 'Marismas del Guidiana', the protected salt marshes of the Guidiana estuary, home to a wide variety of waterfowl including flamingos and herons. It is located at the mouth of the Guadiana River, the natural frontier between Andalucian Spain and the Portuguese Algarve.

A new, thoughtfully designed tourist enclave has been built, with a marina, four star hotels, restaurants and apartments with stunning views over the Atlantic. Most apartments have stunning panoramic views over the Atlantic and the protected natural dunes. Private gates give each individual complex access to the promenade and beach, without crossing any roads. The buildings have beautiful private swimming pools in their own grounds. There is an 18-hole golf course, reputedly one of the most beautiful in Spain, where you can play a round of golf surrounded by flocks of flamingos, herons and storks; directly alongside the golf course you will also find a lawn bowling club, with two tournament class greens.

The spacious beaches are "Blue Flag" standard with unending quantities of clean "white" sand. At various points along the beach you will find ice cream parlours, cafes and restaurants. Most restaurants are refreshingly unsophisticated, offering the freshest of seafood at quite modest prices. The beaches are a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, with ample opportunities for windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing.

A causeway over the salt marshes connects Isla Canela to the historic border town of Ayamonte. A typical traditionally Spanish town, Ayamonte is a maze of pedestrianised streets and plazas meandering past shops, restaurants and bars (including some of the most authentic tapas bars you will ever see). There is a bustling market everyday of the week (except Sunday) where fresh produce, clothing and local specialities can be purchased. From here you can easily cross over into Portugal either by using the modern suspension bridge to the north of the town, or the ferry that ply's its way across the Guadiana. mild weather providing the perfect break for anybody looking to avoid the harsher northern European winter.

Isla Canela is also a perfect 'winter sun' destination, with

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