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

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

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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 – Natural attractions – We Have Wild Famingos!

What to see in Isla Canela – Natural attractions – We Have Wild Famingos!

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In September flamingos can be spotted in Isla Canela. You can try looking in the marshland behind Punta Moral if you would like to find a flock. You will need your walking boots and a bit of determination.

One of the best viewpoints is from the road to Ayamonte just west of the Iberostar Hotel. Walk west, beyond the roundabout and find a dirt track on your right. Follow your nose till the dirt track briefly turns into a tarmac road. There were a flock of 56 here last year!!

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What to see in Isla Canela – Natural attractions – Punta Moral

What to see in Isla Canela – Natural attractions – Punta Moral

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Located at the mouth of the estuary and close to the salt-marshes of the Isla Cristina Natural Park, Punta Moral is an old fishing village located opposite the much newer addition of Isla Canela marina.

Make sure to take some time out in one of the small restaurants that sit along the shore opposite the fish boats, La Carpa is a good choice for paella!

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What to see in Isla Canela – Places of interest – Follow The Bells

What to see in Isla Canela – Places of interest – Follow The Bells

church-ayamonte08/11/2016
If you visit Ayamonte you cannot fail to both see and hear the Church of Nuestra Senora de Las Angustias which is just off the main square, Plaza Laguna.

My kids love this church which can be accessed by a small hill of steep steps they enjoy playing on. Last Christmas there were several christmas trees, created by local school children, all along the steps. It really did look lovely.

Take a look at this review on tripadvisor, it seems we are not alone in our love for this church.

“This church dominates the town of Ayamonte and is the starting point for the fantastically colourful ‘Semana Santa’ (Holy Week) processions in which 1000’s take part. Not to be missed if possible. The church has many interesting side altars and gilded statues, and houses the large statues that are processed in the processions.”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 24 February 2016

Visited April 2015

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What to see in Isla Canela – Historic sites – Little Hidden Plaza

What to see in Isla Canela – Historic sites – Little Hidden Plaza

casagrade131366809110635For some reason lots of my guests fail to find this little plaza which houses the Casa Grande, the princes palace and this lovely little bar.

Take a look around on street view and see if you would like to visit. Casa Grande usually has an exhibition ongoing so take it look, it’s free!

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What to see in Isla Canela – Natural attractions – Watch The Clam Fishing

What to see in Isla Canela – Natural attractions – Watch The Clam Fishing

fishermen-isla-canelaFirst thing in the morning, just opposite our apartment, you will see men wade into the sea and start fishing just off the shoreline. With large rake style nets they seem to comb the sea floor collecting coquinas, a local clam, which are a speciality of the region.

Depending on the tide the fishermen will stay for a few hours and then they will be gone. Razor clams are also fished here but it seems dependant on the tide.

It really is quite interesting to watch and they are quite used to tourists following them along the shore taking photographs. As long as we all buy and eat them in the local bars I am sure they don’t mind!

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