Islantilla holidays give you Blue Flag award-winning beaches and golf, all just a skip across the border from Portugal.

Golden sands, pro greens

In south-west Spain, the small town of Islantilla keeps pace with the big hitters. It's got a vibrant nature reserve, a Masters-level golf course and long stretches of golden sand complete with wooden boardwalks and sunloungers. Plus, it's conveniently close to the border should you fancy popping over to Portugal.

Daytrippers' delight

Whitewashed houses, welcoming tapas bars and lively markets put authentic Spain right on your doorstep. Five minutes in the car takes you to little Lepe, famous for its strawberries, while Ayamonte's chilled-out market is a 10-minute drive away. Or, take a ferry to Portugal's Vila Real de Santo Antonio, for traditional architecture and a pick of restaurants and bars.

Keeping active

Islantilla Golf Resort's got a 27-hole parkland course that welcomes pro putters and newbies. Meanwhile, birdwatchers should flock to nearby Donana National Park. As you stroll the forests and marshland, keep your eyes peeled and your fingers crossed – you might spot flamingos, herons, or even elusive Spanish imperial eagles.

Taste of Spain

This pocket of south-west Spain serves up some lip-smacking cuisine. For mouth-watering seafood that's pleasing on the pocket, try one of Islantilla's local 'bodega' corner shops. If you've got the time, it's worth touring the sherry triangle region around Jerez and Cadiz, a scenic three-hour drive away.

At a Glance

  • Look out for eagles and flamingos in the national park
  • Toast the sunset with a glass of sherry
  • Dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean

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