Isla Canela is one of the two beach resorts of Ayamonte, Huelva. Golden sands, safe swimming, water sports and plenty of beach bars are the attractions of this thriving resort.
Both Isla Canela and Punta del Moral are reached by a causeway across the Marismas del Guadiana. The Marismas (salt marshes) are an important wildlife reserve, and the home to many waterfowl, including herons and flamingos.
Isla Canela (Canela meaning Cinnamon). is the beach resort for Ayamonte and in essence that’s just what it is, a beach resort.
The Canela Golf Club is some way from Canela beach so if you’re heading for a day on the coast at Canela any of your party intending to play golf while you sun bathe will have to double back for a 5 minute drive.
To get to Canela beach head out of Ayamonte toward the ‘playas’ and after passing the Canella Golf Club at the next roundabout take the first exit and head across the mashes and you will arrive at the sea front.
Canela beach consists of a long promenade, lots of apartment blocks with some housing at the back, the hotel Iberostar, temporary market type stalls, restaurants, bars and chiringuitos (beach bars).
Like most of the coast line on the Costa de la Luz the long stretch of beach at Isla Canela is clean and golden. The water is shallow when the tide is in and due to the influence of the Guadiana river the sea is relatively warm and often swimmable into late October.
At low tide a sand bank is exposed which stretches from one end of the beach, out to sea for about a 200 metres into an arch and back in to the other end of the beach like a giant horse shoe. It’s quite an interesting walk going out to sea and back to the other end of the beach.
The is popular for, several water sports including sailing, kite surfing, pedalos and windsurfing. And of course for the reasons given above, swimming and family fun.
The marina at Punta del Moral used to be called ‘Isla Canela Marina’ which makes many out of date references confusing. While Punta del Moral is accessible from Isla Canela by both car and on foot, Isla Canela has no marina.
Although as the crow fly’s the two resorts are very close, it used to be quite a drag to travel by car from one to the other. It meant travelling back across the marshes then take a different road to re-cross the marshes to reach the other resort.
Now however a road connects Isla Canela with Punta del Moral which is a few minutes drive through the marshes or a very pleasant 10-15 minute walk along a purpose build pedestrian pathway or if you prefer, along the beach.
© 2012 John Powell DiscoverHuelva.com