What to do in Isla Canela – Family days out – See Vilamoura In A Whizz

What to do in Isla Canela – Family days out – See Vilamoura In A Whizz

segway-88961_128009/13/2016
As the weather starts to cool down I think this is a lovely autumn activity. We enjoy a day out and this would be ideal. Head over the boarder and follow the road towards Faro for around 65 minutes and you will arrive In Vilamoura.

Pick up your Segway, strap on your helmet and begin the tour with a comprehensive orientation session that will help you get comfortable with the electric, self-balancing vehicle.

Once you feel confident steering your Segway, set off behind your guide. Cruise along the coastline at a leisurely pace, soaking up the ocean breeze. Admire views of the Falésia and Quarteira beaches, idyllic and seemingly never-ending stretches of golden sand. During the tour, stop for several breaks, during which the guide will explain more about the local area.

Zip up toward the Vilamoura Marina, where hundreds of vessels, including opulent yachts, are berthed. Then, cruise by local markets and witness the flurry of activity as vendors hawk all sorts of freshly picked fruits and vegetables.

Toward the end of the tour, stop at a fish market, where you’ll have the chance to hop off your Segway and browse the stalls of freshly caught fish and perhaps even pick up some tasty local specialties to cook for dinner later that day.

After 1.5 hours, your tour finishes back and the departure point in Vilamoura.

For further information visit algarvebysegway.com/english

“The tour was one of the highlights of our visit. Andrea was punctual and lovely. We covered much within 1.5hours and saw parts of Quarteira that we could have missed. Andrea was also very patient; allowing us to buy and try a roadside roasted snack and taking photos and videos along the way.”

See further reviews on tripadvisor. bit.ly/290zKjk

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What to do in Isla Canela – Day trips – Cookery Class Seville

What to do in Isla Canela – Day trips – Cookery Class Seville

vegetables-573958_192007/19/2016
How about heading to Seville for a tapas cookery course? Arrive around 10am, visit a local market with your guide and get cooking with a professional chef. All that’s then left to do is take the weight off your feet and enjoy a wonderful meal before heading home. Interested? Read more here atdspain.com/en/service/tapas-cooking-course

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What to see in Isla Canela – Natural attractions – Nature Reserve

What to see in Isla Canela – Natural attractions – Nature Reserve

07/28/2016
Behind our apartment you will find the marshland. Protected as a nature reserve it is teaming with life and if you love nature and bird watching you will have hours of fun spotting wildlife.

The flamingos are my favourite find. They tend to be here in early spring and are take your breath away.

Have a look at the really lovely video made by the very talented local photographer Tonio Mendez.

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What to do in Isla Canela – Day trips – Cruise Up The Guardiana

What to do in Isla Canela – Day trips – Cruise Up The Guardiana

transguadiana_home_109/13/2016
I haven’t been on this boat trip but as they depart I always wish I was going with them. I have promised my kids we will go next time we visit Isla Canela, so I will do a review soon.

Here is a very recent review I spotted on tripadvisor.

“Fantastic River Trip with excellent meal and entertainment”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago

Great river trip with breath-taking scenery along the Guadiana River, this being the border between the Algarve and Spain. Lunchtime led to a traditional Algarvian BBQ meal with traditional entertainment where all are encouraged to join in. There is also at the restaurant a rather nice swimming pool for patrons to use free of charge and then of course there was the return trip on the boat. An excellent trip which represented excellent value for money.

www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g664459-d2345365-r384203906-Transguadiana_River_Cruise-

Watch this video. Stick with it. It does become better and explains the trip 😉

www.transguadiana.com/en/p=videos&vd=5

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Where to eat and drink in Isla Canela – Gourmet goodness – Small and Friendly

Where to eat and drink in Isla Canela – Gourmet goodness – Small and Friendly

restaurante-a3-ayamonteYet another little restaurant that would be so very easy to miss unless you go looking for it! Big isn’t always the best and this little gem is proves that and is well worth a visit for some tapas dishes with a twist. Set just along a small road from the fish market in Ayamonte you will find A3. Blink and you would miss it, or might not even pass by as it is slightly off the main tourist trail. A gem of a restaurant and cheap too!

If you need to book a taxi for a late night out just let me know but there is a taxi rank right at the end of this road on the plaza which is quite handy.

Read some up to date reviews on tripadvisor here bit.ly/24O4KqV

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What to see in Isla Canela – Natural attractions – Bird Spotting On Your Ramble

What to see in Isla Canela – Natural attractions – Bird Spotting On Your Ramble

09/15/2016
Despite the presence of hotels and apartments in Isla Canela credit must be given to the planners for maintaining a long stretch of dunes with a dense coverage of trees and shrubs along the promenade at Isla Canela, They achieved this by creating a border of lawns and palm trees next to the promenade bordered by a long fence on the edge of the dunes.They then built long board walkways to the beach.

The result is an area which is attractive to resident and migrating birds. The dunes are still in great shape and generally large areas left undisturbed by human interference.

Take a stroll and see what you can spot.

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What to see in Isla Canela – Local attractions – Flat In Salt Beds!

What to see in Isla Canela – Local attractions – Flat In Salt Beds!

salt08/04/2016
This is well and truly on my bucket list!!! I used Castro Marim sea salt at home now I can float in the stuff! There is a quirky spa where you can coat yourself in the salt, have a massage using it or even float in the salt beds directly!

It looks quite tricky to find but it looks like just past Castro Marim, going in the direction of Vila Real de Santo António, on a narrow dirt road that goes to the left, you find the signs to the salt mines of Barquinha . Follow this track and you will find the Salt Spa.

For further information take a look at their website www.facebook.com/aguamae.cm/?fref=ts

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What to do in Isla Canela – Family days out – See Vilamoura In A Whizz

What to do in Isla Canela – Family days out – See Vilamoura In A Whizz

09/13/2016
As the weather starts to cool down I think this is a lovely autumn activity. We enjoy a day out and this would be ideal. Head over the boarder and follow the road towards Faro for around 65 minutes and you will arrive In Vilamoura.

Pick up your Segway, strap on your helmet and begin the tour with a comprehensive orientation session that will help you get comfortable with the electric, self-balancing vehicle.

Once you feel confident steering your Segway, set off behind your guide. Cruise along the coastline at a leisurely pace, soaking up the ocean breeze. Admire views of the Falésia and Quarteira beaches, idyllic and seemingly never-ending stretches of golden sand. During the tour, stop for several breaks, during which the guide will explain more about the local area.

Zip up toward the Vilamoura Marina, where hundreds of vessels, including opulent yachts, are berthed. Then, cruise by local markets and witness the flurry of activity as vendors hawk all sorts of freshly picked fruits and vegetables.

Toward the end of the tour, stop at a fish market, where you’ll have the chance to hop off your Segway and browse the stalls of freshly caught fish and perhaps even pick up some tasty local specialties to cook for dinner later that day.

After 1.5 hours, your tour finishes back and the departure point in Vilamoura.

For further information visit algarvebysegway.com/english

“The tour was one of the highlights of our visit. Andrea was punctual and lovely. We covered much within 1.5hours and saw parts of Quarteira that we could have missed. Andrea was also very patient; allowing us to buy and try a roadside roasted snack and taking photos and videos along the way.”

See further reviews on tripadvisor. bit.ly/290zKjk

Posted by Sarah
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Where to eat and drink in Isla Canela – Terraces with a view – Paella Alfresco

Where to eat and drink in Isla Canela – Terraces with a view – Paella Alfresco

paella09/09/2016
Have you been promising yourself a paella when you visit Spain? Can you think of a better place to try it? Playa Alta is around 5 minutes walk from our apartment. Just turn right at the front gates and head for the sea front.

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What to see in Isla Canela – Natural attractions – Bird Spotting On Your Ramble

What to see in Isla Canela – Natural attractions – Bird Spotting On Your Ramble

binoculars-100590_192009/15/2016
Despite the presence of hotels and apartments in Isla Canela credit must be given to the planners for maintaining a long stretch of dunes with a dense coverage of trees and shrubs along the promenade at Isla Canela, They achieved this by creating a border of lawns and palm trees next to the promenade bordered by a long fence on the edge of the dunes.They then built long board walkways to the beach.

The result is an area which is attractive to resident and migrating birds. The dunes are still in great shape and generally large areas left undisturbed by human interference.

Take a stroll and see what you can spot.

Posted by Sarah of islacanelaholidays.com

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