With a dapper marina, a jumbo beach and a backyard of bird-filled wetlands, Isla Canela holidays get the thumbs-up from just about every holidaymaker.
This place might sound like a tropical isle, but it’s actually on the cusp between Spain
, right on the edge of Andalucia
. And it sticks to the Costa de la Luz
mantra of peace and quiet. It could be because a bunch of higgledy-piggledy canals cut it off from the mainland. Or it’s those Spanish tourists trying to keep it all to themselves.
Isla Canela clocks up a lot of beaches – around three miles' worth, to be precise. With hobnob-coloured sand and a load of watersports to match, it’s easy to see where it got its Blue Flag beach title. Most of it's bring-your-own-towel territory, with just the odd patch of sunbeds. Head east, meanwhile, and you’ll spot more kites than people.
Holidays here aren’t just for the suncream-carrying types. After all, the place is knee-deep in canals and wetlands, which are ripe for bird-watching and quiet kayaking trips. It’s also got an elite edge, thanks to its golf course and a marina with shops, ice-cream parlours and restaurants. Plus, it’s linked to Ayamonte by a bridge, which bumps up the dining out count.