The one thing I adore more than anything else are the sunsets at Isla Canela. The light is simply amazing. I suppose that is why this stretch of coast is know as the Costa de la Luz, the coast of light. At sunset and beyond the sky turns quite an amazing orange colour, mixed with stunning deep reds and even purples as he darkness falls.
Why not take a stroll down the beach to the very last bar called El Paradiso and grab a cold as the sun finally dips down and sparkles across the Atlantic Ocean. It sounds magical and it really is!!
Isla Canela is a natural Island joined to the border town of Ayamonte in Andalucia by a bridge . Isla Canela beach runs from the mouth of the River Guardiana to the estuary which separates Isla Canela from Isla Cristina. It’s quite a walk but well worth doing if you have a spare hour.
The water rushes can be seen all along the beach path. They form an amazing habitats for wildlife that live in the wetlands just behind us. It really is an amazing place for those who want to relax and get back to nature.
Why not walk to the marina, have a spot of lunch and catch the land train back. It’s stops just opposite our apartment building.
All along the Andalucian coast from Gibraltar to Ayamonte you will see examples of these 16th century beacon shaped towers. Erected to warn of attack by Turkish and Barber pirates they acted as a form of communication system for those living along the coast.
Felipe II ordered more than 40 of these towers to be built many payed for by local fishing taxes. (Although now someway from the sea at the time of construction the tower would have been a lot closer. The sea has simply receded over time.)
Recently restored and an excellent example, Torre Isla Canela, is on the Isla Canela road that brings you to Punta del Moral and Isla Canela Marina.
We visit every year at Easter and never fail to be taken aback by the sight of the brotherhood and the amazing processions around Ayamonte. This year they celebrate their 75th Anniversary with a big procession on the 25th June.
If you have never seen one of the Easter processions I would recommend a visit to their museum. On display are their banners, flags and processional costumes. The visit costs just € 1.50 which is just a small donation.
The Brotherhood museum is open Monday to Friday Friday 11 to 13: 30h and 17:30 to 20: 30h. Located on Calle Jovellanos right beside the Mercedes Temple.
June is a lovely month to visit Isla Canela. The red roses line the roadway as you enter Ayamonte and the abundance of jacaranda trees is quite amazing. I had to stop on the way to the airport to take this photograph as we kept admiring them all over town but didn’t get chance to snap any. Against the white washed houses they look quite something!