This area is commonly known as the Spanish Algarve and is characterised by its array of picturesque fishing villages which have grown to be popular holiday resorts and hosts to some of the best golf courses in the region.
The city of Ayamonte is situated next to the Río Guadiana on the border with Portugal. Prior to the construction of the avant-garde suspension road bridge across the river, anyone crossing between the Huelva province and the Algarve coast of Portugal had to pass through Ayamonte. The small, flat-bottomed car ferry across the Guadiana still operates today and is a nostalgic alternative for those making the journey between the two countries.
The main commercial area is charming, with pedestrianised cobbled streets lined with small boutiques, shops, cafés and bars. There are weekly markets held just a short walk from the town centre and the recently modernised marina.
Ayamonte has an incredible architectural and artistic heritage. There are many churches which combine Mudéjar, Gothic and Baroque styles. The town hall, situated in the Plaza de la Laguna, is truly beautiful. For the artistic, there is one thing that stands out in Ayamonte and that is the large numbers of painters - a visit to their studios is another attraction of the city. Flemish painting is on show in the Casa Grande and is considered the most important collection of Flemish painting in Andalucía.
Isla Canela is a new resort with hotels and apartments and has a long sandy beach with a promenade. The marina is a modern fully equipped leisure marina and is a base for sailing and boat excursions. Quayside along the harbour there are shops, bars and restaurants. Across the bay from the marina stands the small fishing village of Punta Morel. This rustic village is home to some excellent fish restaurants with meals prepared from the freshest ingredients.
Isla Cristina dates back to the second half of the 18th century when fishermen established themselves here to exploit the fishing grounds of tuna and sardines. The town has wide avenues, plentiful green areas and marine parades. The Paseo de las Flores is a square which takes its name from the variety of flowers that can be found there. There are a number of pedestrianised roads, the Paseo de las Palmeras is one of the towns most historic, important and beautiful walks.
Islantilla is a newly built beachfront resort to the west of La Antilla, the old fishing resort. It has a commercial complex with a variety of modern shops and a supermarket. The complex is situated on the beachfront and there are a number of cafés, bars and restaurants that have spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. There is an excellent promenade to stroll along and take in the views. Along the route why not stop in one of the two marquee bars which straddle the main promenade and have seats overlooking the beach.